Marketing & Communications

Effective communication should align with your foundation’s mission and clearly convey the meaningful impact of your work. The Council has created a number of tools and resources to help you improve the way you share your foundation’s story with key stakeholders.

In-Depth knowledge on Marketing & Communications

Whether you need to jumpstart your marketing activities or simply want support for enhancing and expanding your existing marketing program, these free resources can help. These portfolios include well-written and beautifully designed product sheets, presentation slides and print ads that can be customized, branded with your logo and used quickly, inexpensively and easily. The portfolios also provide planning resources and other valuable tools.

Community Foundation Week (#CFWeek) is a prime opportunity to highlight the critical role of community philanthropy in supporting a thriving local community.

Community Foundation Week (#CFWeek) is a prime opportunity to highlight the critical role of community philanthropy in supporting a thriving local community.

The Charitable IRA Portfolio is a collection of tools designed to help communicate the exciting giving opportunities available to donors. If you are an accredited community foundation, but not a member of the Council, please email membership@cof.org in order to access the toolkit.

With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Council is providing a FREE webinar to community foundations that will assist with creating inspirational videos for the #CF100 Video Contest. The webinar is being conducted by Poynter's News University, a nationally acclaimed institution dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders.

Giving Days are an opportune strategy to engage residents, donors and non-profits in your community. Because of the value Giving Days can provide many community foundations the Council created this resource page for Council members that will allow them to connect directly with each other and utilize many Giving Day resources. We encourage you to consider hosting a Giving Day after careful consideration to determine if this is the right path for your foundation and your community.

Learn everything you need to know about the Community Foundations Centennial Portfolio. This exciting new set of tools helps you connect to the philanthropic field’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the community foundation model and highlights the value community foundations deliver every day in their communities. The portfolio includes a year-long, comprehensive social media plan with posts, customizable infographics, refreshed core community foundation marketing tools, and new material focused on resident engagement. The portfolio also contains refreshed marketing tools, including those that promote endowment, communicate ways of giving, showcase community involvement and community leadership and support donor decision-making. Available for community foundations accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™.