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

Doing Good Index 2018

The inaugural Doing Good Index examines the enabling environment for philanthropy and private social investment across 15 Asian economies, including China, Indonesia and The Phillipines. Composed of four areas–tax and fiscal policy, regulatory regimes, socio-cultural ecosystem, and government procurement–the Index reveals how Asian economies are catalyzing philanthropic giving.

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The History of Violence

This publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explores the history of violence and the reasons why it has become a greater focus for public health in recent decades.

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Community Foundations, Meet Opportunity Zones

Discover how you can position your community foundation to best take advantage of opportunity zones.

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Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits

From The Chicago Community Trust, this guide is for all nonprofit organizations that share The Chicago Community Trust's commitment to diversity.

Effective Philanthropy in Brazil

This report from McKinsey&Company is a study of existing barriers and potential actions to increase and improve effective philanthropy in Brazil.

The Role of Foundations in Public Debates in Germany

This article explores the history of foundations in Germany and assesses their public role, both as contributors of arguments and policy papers, and as objects of public debate.

Bringing Foundations and Governments Closer: A Cross-Country Analysis

This study from The Development Center of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a cross-country analysis of the current state of collaboration between foundations and the government in Mexico, India, Myanmar, and Kenya and offers recommendations for improved relations

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Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

The interactive Field Guide takes community foundations through three main stages of the impact investing journey: Learn, Design, and Activate. At each stage, visitors can click on various topics within that stage to learn more about what the topic entails and how other community foundations have approached place-based investing.

Civil Society Work in China: Trade-Offs and Opportunities for European NGOs

Enacted in January 2017, China’s Foreign Non-Governmental Organisation Management Law (“FNGO Law”) has been interpreted as the clearest evidence of “shrinking spaces” for civil society in China. This paper, by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, assess the wider implications of the new institutional environment for foreign as well as domestic nonprofit organizations in China.

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National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention: Strategic Planning Toolkit for Communities

This Toolkit was developed to support cities in developing youth violence prevention plans by building partnerships, taking an inventory of local resources and assets, and designing strategies, based on local data, that address the nature of youth violence and its causes. The goal is to create a multi-year plan that continues to guide the city’s efforts after the implementation phase begins.