External Resources

The Council teams with various philanthropic partners to distribute valuable professional knowledge and thought-leadership to enhance the impact of foundation leaders. If you have any suggestions on additional resources or expertise the Council should offer, please e-mail knowledge@cof.org to share your insight.

In-Depth knowledge on External Content

2015 Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge Anniversary Plenary Program

Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, organizers announced more than $106 million in new commitments to strengthen services and support for veterans and military families nationwide. Check out the full plenary program!

Sea of Goodwill: Matching the Donor to the Need

From the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support, this white paper describes a re-integration trinity of education, employment and health care which serve to improve the quality of life for service members and their families.

India Giving 2019

An overview of charitable giving in India by Charities Aid Foundation.

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Social Cost Analysis of the Unemployment and Underemployment of Military Spouses

The Social Cost Analysis of the Unemployment and Underemployment of Military Spouses study reveals the economic costs to society from the high rates of unemployment, underemployment, and reduced labor force participation among U.S. military spouses. The research was conducted by the Sorenson Impact Center, a division of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, in consultation and collaboration with Blue Star Families.

Giving in Europe: Research on Giving in France

This report, authored by ERNOP, analyzes the data on French philanthropic grantmaking. It assesses the state of research on giving by households, corporations, foundations, and charity lotteries to charitable organizations in France.

Bringing Foundations and Governments Closer: Evidence from Kenya

This study from The Development Center of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides an overview of the current state of collaboration between foundations and the government in Kenya, and offers recommendations for enhacement

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IRS Publication 1771: Charitable Contributions–Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements

Explains the federal tax law for organizations such as charities and churches that receive tax-deductible charitable contributions and for taxpayers who make contributions.

South Africa Philanthropy Law Report

This report from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law provides detailed information on philanthropy law in South Africa.

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From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

In this report the World Economic Forum Investors Industries consulted the senior most decision-makers and portfolio managers of the largest and most innovative investors in the world; this facilitated a more realistic vantage point on the challenges in scaling the sector. Working with this group was also instrumental in raising awareness and knowledge among key stakeholders for taking impact investing from the margins into the mainstream.

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Pluralism in Peril: Challenges To An American Ideal

Learn new tools and strategies you can use to defend religious pluralism in America.