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Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report

The 2017 Salary Tables present salary data collected in the 2017 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey on 9,730 full-time staff across 970 U.S. based foundations and corporate grantmaking organizations. This report provides benchmarking data for 36 positions, broken down by foundation type, asset size, and geographic location. Note – the contents of this publication will be repeated in the 2017 Full Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report, along with benefits information and key findings. The full report will be available in February 2018.  Member free Nonmembers for purchase





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International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations: Local Communities with Global Reach

This report, a joint effort by the Council on Foundations and Foundation Center, examines the current state and recent trends in international giving and engagement by large U.S. community foundations. The first-ever analysis of this type suggests that many community foundations are beginning to adopt a broader, more nuanced definition of “community” than they have in the past.





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National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations

The Council on Foundations takes a leadership role in shaping community foundations’ self-regulation by promoting The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®, an accreditation program created by community foundations for community foundations. They are peer-driven, voluntary, and self-regulatory.  





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In-Depth Knowledge on Working with Grantees

To many nonprofits, foundation operations are shrouded in mystery. Because prospective grantees are seeking funding from foundations, there may be a perceived power imbalance. However, building strong and effective relationships with grantees can help foundations develop new knowledge and insights into issues, and to test and scale innovative strategies. Open communication, approachability, sharing lessons learned, and collaborative evaluation are key to developing strong partnerships with grantees. Resources are free or for Council members. Grantmaking Application Process Resource Guide: A Grantmaking Primer Tips for Effective Grantee Relations Exiting Responsibly: Best Donor Practices in Ending Field Support The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Read more





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Governance Basics – Board Structure, Committees and Delegation, and Policies and Procedures

This webinar reviews some of the fundamental issues associated with board governance. Topics include: board structure (size and composition); the role of committees and the board’s ability to delegate; and the necessary policies and procedures every board should adopt. 





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Effective and Emerging Approaches to Mission-Related Investing

This white paper defines mission investing strategies, including: socially responsible investing (SRI); environmental, social, and governance (ESG); mission-related investing (MRI); and impact investing. Readers will also learn more about a nine-point impact investing roadmap with questions to help develop your foundation’s investment strategy.







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Starting a Foundation: Formation and Considerations

Many people want to start foundations, but few start out knowing exactly what sort of organization they are going to create. The purpose of this e-book is to help potential donors understand the many different entities that are commonly referred to as foundations and to provide an understanding of the legal framework necessary to establish a foundation. This publication is broken into five different parts plus it includes sample Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws to get you started.









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Diverse Managers: Philanthropy’s Next Hurdle

This white paper outlines best practices with proven results that foundations can use to find and create a diverse and inclusive staff and investment advisory team. Readers will learn about ABFE’s Investment Manager Diversity Pledge that foundations and endowments can undertake to ensure that their organizations adopt inclusive practices encouraging managers of diverse ethnicity and gender to compete for positions in endowment management.  





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The Complete Guide to Grantmaking Basics: A Field Guide for Funders

The Complete Guide to Grantmaking Basics brings together and updates the information, guidance, and tips found in Grantmaking Basics I and II with more essential tools for grantmakers. This book is a practical guide to honing your grantmaking effectiveness and adapting to the changing nonprofit world. It tells you how to evaluate your results and how to educate new board members. You will also have a step-by-step guide to setting a path to success by aligning mission, vision, goals, and strategy.







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Center for Community Foundation Excellence Series

These courses help community foundation staff, board members and volunteers master the unique aspects of the community foundation field in short order. You’ll learn about effective practices, get helpful tools and information and have the opportunity to network with others in the field. Comprehensive and engaging, these courses are an efficient and affordable way to increase your knowledge of the field, to help you work more effectively.





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Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

Mission Investors Exchange and the Council on Foundations welcome you to the “Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing: Reflections from the Field and Resources for Moving Forward.” You will discover all the resources and connections that it has to offer community foundations interested in learning about, designing, and activating an impact investing program.