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.

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 <a href="mailto:membership@cof.org">membership@cof.org</a> 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.

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™.

This media marketing portfolio provides community foundations with resources they can use to call attention to the good work you do every day in your home community. Take advantage of these tools and messages to communicate your organization’s unique role and place among residents, donors and leaders. The portfolio is only available to community foundations accredited with National Standards. Members of the Council on Foundations or a member of a regional association with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers members can purchase the portfolio for the discounted rate of $250 (nonmembers pay $500).

Social media is an increasingly prevalent part of our world. Whether it’s on the news, sitting in traffic, or talking with colleagues, you’ll be hard-pressed to avoid mention of Facebook or Twitter. Is there a good way for your foundation to become involved?