New Content Capsules

We heard you! We've just released two Content Capsules to meet your requests for tools to recruit donors as you fundraise for foundation initiatives, helping you explain why donors should invest in a community foundation's operating endowment and unrestricted funds..

Support Your Community Foundation Video

This video helps you communicate with your donors about why they should invest in the community foundation and its priorities. Our team will brand the video with your foundation’s name and logo. The video is available for $525. Preview the video and more Content Capsules.

Ready-to-Go One-Pager

This one-pager will help you communicate with your donors about why they should invest in the community foundation’s priorities. Our team has designed the one-pager--priced at $125--so you can easily add your logo and contact information. Preview the one-pager and more Content Capsules .

A shout out to Sarah McPherson and Sarah Shannon


Interested in what your peers have to say about encouraging donors to invest in your foundation and its initiatives? If you missed it on social media, listen here to Embolden’s September 12 podcast with our two special guest stars, Sarah Shannon, Chief Operating Officer at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, and Sarah McPherson, Director of Communications & Development at the Oakville Community Foundation.  

New resources from the Foundation Center

In its new report, Assessing Community Foundations and Envisioning the Future, the Foundation Center reports on the results of a study informed by nearly 150 community foundations and over 40 philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs). Developed collaboratively by CF Insights, a service of the Foundation Center, and CFLeads, the report assesses the current state of the field, identifies field needs and aspirations, and looks to the future by laying out specific next steps for both community foundations and PSOs to better serve those needs.

2016 Columbus Survey Results

The Foundation Center & CF Insights have released the 2016 statistics from the annual Columbus Survey of community foundations. Highlights include:

  • Donor-advised funds (DAFs) tend to make up a more significant portion of assets in larger community foundations.

  • In community foundations over $500M in the median proportion of assets in DAFs was 35%.

  • In community foundations under $25M, this median was 10%

  • In every asset size cohort, DAFs were more active grantmaking vehicles than other product types. The distribution rate for DAFs in every cohort was higher than for the foundation as a whole.