is a Community Foundation?
the things that set most community
foundations apart from other foundations
is their status as independent institutions
supported by funds from many donors
which are used to address local needs.
Furthermore, community foundations
usually seek to build endowed funds
which will make funds available in
perpetuity to address changing community
of Community Foundations in Bulgaria
Association of Community Foundations
in Bulgaria (ACFB) was created in
2005 to develop the expansion of philanthropy
throughout Bulgaria. Member community
foundations support civil society
growth and raise funds for initiatives
to respond to local needs...
of Slovak Community Foundations
Association of Slovak Community Foundation
(AKNS) was founded to foster development
and interconnectedness among Slovak
community foundations and aid in connecting
donors and grant-making institutions.
Founded in 2003 AKNS currently has
9 active membership institutions.
The Association offers support and
consultancy for community foundation
development and advancement...
. Australian Community Philanthropy
Australian Communities Foundation offers individuals, families, groups, corporations and not-for-profit organisations an easy and satisfying way of giving something of real value back to the community that they care about. Donors establish philanthropic funds under Australian Communities Foundation’s legal structure and all donations are pooled and invested. The income generated from this investment is used over time to support charitable projects and organisations and to help build healthy resilient communities...
Balancing Act by Dorothy
The Balancing Act consists of 3 pamphlets written by
Dorothy Reynolds, a consultant to
the C.S. Mott Foundation. The publications
investigate the core functions of
community foundations (institutions
that gather local resources to meet
local needs under the direction of
local leadership). Each title in the
series covers a different topic. The
community foundation as: 1) a grant
maker, 2) a vehicle for local philanthropy
and 3) a community leader. Originally
published in English, The Balancing
Act has been translated into
three additional languages, including
of California Community Foundations
of California Community Foundations
(LCCF) was founded in 1994 as a network
association for community foundations
within the state of California. The
aim of the LCCF is to build and strengthen
California’s communities by fostering
cooperation and collaboration among
community foundations across the state.
The LCCF encourages the twenty four
registered member foundations to promote
private philanthropy and private giving
for the public good and to support local
nonprofit organizations aiding in the
improvement of health and human services,
education, the environment, economic
development, the arts and other fields
Stewart Mott Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is
a private, grant making foundation
established in 1923 to support efforts
that promote a just, equitable and
sustainable society. The Foundation
has a long commitment to developing
and strengthening the community foundation
field. For three decades, the Mott
Foundation has provided more than
$125 million dollars to community
foundation across the globe...
Foundation Network (U.K.)
Community Foundation Network (CFN)
of the United Kingdom is a national
association for UK community foundations.
CFN connects national foundations
with each other and represents the
promotion of foundations on the domestic
and international level. Through the
network, CFN administer s funding
opportunities and grant-making on
behalf of members, promotes growth
and sustainability services, and provides
direct technical assistance to foundations
across the United Kingdom...
Foundation of Canada
Foundations of Canada (CFC) was established
in 1992 as a national membership organization.
With over 171 members, CFC connects
and supports the growth of local community
foundations by including them in an
emerging national network and encouraging
them to build stronger philanthropic
communities. CFC advocates for membership
foundations to work toward collaborative
relationships, visionary leadership,
and open and accountable practices
that reflect a high standard of performance...
Foundations of Florida
Community Foundation of Florida (CFF)
is a state-based association that
represents more than twenty community
foundations in the state of Florida
in order to promote philanthropy locally.
CFF aids Floridian donors in local
communities to make a positive impact,
and connects potential donors with
corresponding community foundations.
CFF is an active member of the Florida
Philanthropic Network, a statewide
association for grant makers wanting
to improve philanthropy and effective
giving in Florida...
Foundation Partnership (Russia)
Community Foundation Partnership (CFP)
operating in Russia, centers its mission
on building a civil society that heightens
the local quality of life by developing
and promoting social stability. The
Partnership was established to aid
in the formation of a mutually supportive
climate for community foundations
and to promote community foundation
technological advancements. CFP represents
a unified coalition of community foundations
for local progress and for international
. Community Foundations of New Zealand
. Comunalia (Alianza de Fundaciones Comunitarias de México/Mexico’s Community Foundations Network)
Founded in 2011, Comunalia is a network of Mexican community foundations. Its main purpose is to strengthen and give visibility to the work of its members, increasing their impact and therefore contributing to a sustainable, equitable and participatory development in Mexico. The intention is to stimulate the replication of the community foundation model in the country and build partnerships with other actors (government, academia, civil society, etc.).
of Michigan Foundations
Council of Michigan Foundation is
nonprofit membership association of
more than 350 grantmaking organizations.
The Council aims to strengthen, promote,
and increase philanthropy in Michigan.
The largest US regional association
of grantmakers, CMF serves family,
cooperate, independent, public, and
community foundations. CMF's goals
include: advocating for legislation
conducive to philanthropic endeavors;
educating foundation staff about effective
practices, connecting Michigan's grantmakers
and grant seekers; and promoting public
understanding of the role and importance
on Foundations (COF) is a national
nonprofit membership association.
It p provides tools and services to
its members, which include community
foundations, corporate grant makers,
family foundations and global philanthropy.
With a membership of more than two
thousand grant making foundations,
COF provides leadership expertise,
legal services and networking opportunities
for participating members and the
Association of Community Foundations
Czech Association of Community Foundations
(CACF) was developed to support the
expansion, cooperation, intercommunication,
and dissemination of the community
foundation model throughout the Czech
Republic. By promoting local
community foundations, the Association
hopes to build awareness within the
public and among the national and
international donor communities. The
CACF actively lends support in the
development process of new community
foundations and works with current
members to take unified action...
Fund for Community Foundations
Global Fund for Community Foundations
was established in 2006 as a pilot
project with support from the World
Bank, The Ford and Charles Stewart
Mott Foundations and WINGS (Worldwide
Initiatives for Grantmaker Support).
The Global Fund encourages and assists
community foundation development in
transitioning and developing countries.
By giving small grants to community
foundations and local philanthropic
organizations, the Global Fund supports
local grant makers in their effectiveness
and development. In 2009, GFCF incorporated
as an independent entity; it seeks
to facilitate networks that will support
emergent community foundations around
Global Fund for Women
Global Fund for Women, established in
1987 as a public charity, was founded
to strengthen and support women’s
rights groups and movements across the
globe with grants and monetary support.
The Global Fund is an international
network for women and men based on the
philosophies of equality and social
justice to serve a global community
of women. Committed to empowering women;
the Global Fund seeks to end gender
based violence, increase access to education,
expand civil and political participation,
and ensure environmental and economic
justice by providing flexible grant
support to community foundations that
encompass the Global Fund’s vision
Global Studies, Center on Philanthropy
and Civil Society
1989 the Center has offered a professional
development International Fellows
Program (IFP). The IFP, which has
trained over 162 research/practitioners
from more than 57 countries, has produced
a series of studies on global community
philanthropy, corporate social responsibility
and diaspora giving. A number of these
studies, as they explore how to create
a culture of giving, may be of particular
interest to U.S. practitioners...
of Polish Community Foundations
Federation of Polish Community Foundations
(FFL) is working to promote the community
foundation model and to support the
activities of member organizations.
In 2008, FFL incorporated for the
purpose of promoting philanthropy
locally and implementing strategies
that support the growth of community
foundations in Poland...
Africa Community Foundations Association/SACOFA
South Africa Community
Foundations Association is a membership association
serving grant makers and serves as a
network for community foundations in
Sub-Saharan and southern Africa. The
South African Association provides assistance,
support, and guidance in the development
and growth of local community foundations
and brings together grant makers with
private and public sector organizations...
. Spotlight on Community Foundations
A body of research by Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society International Fellows on community foundations (and community philanthropy) around the globe.
The Challenge of Sustainability: How German Community Foundations Can Strengthen Their Financial and Organizational Stability
Bernadette Hellman, Emerging Leader, International Fellows Program ~ 2010
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Community Foundation Network/TCFN
Transatlantic Community Foundation Network was an international network of North American and European community foundations. The network sponsored meetings where membes could share intellectual and experiential resources in order to identify and share good practices to encourage and strengthen community-based philanthropy. The network was disconitnued in 2011, however the toolkits and resources have been archived by the Global Fund for Community Foundations and are available on its Web site.
.UK Community Foundations/UKCF
The UK Community Foundations is the umbrella organisation for all community foundations providing philanthropic advice to clients and delivering UK-wide grant-making programmes. UKCF provides advice and support to its member foundations and has one simple objective: to help build thriving communities.
.Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum
The Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum is the only professional association of Ukrainian and international foundations, donor organizations and other charity institutions, which directs its activities at the development of organized philanthropy as a significant instrument of civil society in Ukraine.
[Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker
Support] Community Foundations
Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker
Support, were founded in 2000 as a
global network for more than 140 membership
organization and institutions supporting
and developing the culture of giving
and philanthropy around the world.
WINGS represents philanthropy internationally
and offers professional and education
development for participants. WINGS-Community
Foundations (WINGS-CF), is a constituent
group that promotes organizations
working to develop and aid community
foundations in their efforts to build
equitable and just societies.
The WINGS and WINGS-CF webpages offer
a variety of resources of interest
to grantmakers globally...