Resource Library

Welcome to our Resource Library! Whether you are a seasoned staff member or a new board member, our Learning Institute offers ongoing educational experiences and learning resources tailored to your — and your Community Foundation’s — needs.

We help leaders in the community philanthropy sector to identify important trends, seize emerging opportunities, strategically address risks, capitalize on new technologies and more. We provide useful and timely research, practical tools and tips and experiential learning opportunities designed to help you and your Community Foundation work better and achieve more.

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Fact Sheet
2018 Snapshot of the movement

These facts and figures collected in 2018 from community foundations…

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These facts and figures collected in 2018 from community foundations provide an overview of the rich diversity and collective impact of our network.

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Choices and challenges in community foundation operating models —…

As a community foundation grows, it gets pulled in multiple,…

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As a community foundation grows, it gets pulled in multiple, competing directions. Those competing directions can harm its financial sustainability and the clarity of its value proposition to the community and donors. A clearer path to growth comes when the foundation is aligned toward a primary operating model. Building on their presentation at the 2019 CFC Conference, this is the first of two webinars by Ekstrom Alley Clontz & Associates’ on the Four Quadrants operating model framework, the reasons why foundations choose each model, and trends in philanthropy and the community foundation field challenging each model. Presenters: Tony Macklin and Steve Alley, Ekstrom Alley Clontz & Associates

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Developing your scholarship, bursary and student award program

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Scholarships, bursaries and awards are an important part of many community foundations’ funding cycles. This webinar will review the definitions, considerations and processes in managing these funds and working with educational institutions. Presenter: Darlene Chrapko, Director, Awards and Scholarships, Calgary Foundation

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Network Benefits

We have a wealth of philanthropic experience and knowledge about…

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We have a wealth of philanthropic experience and knowledge about community foundations and their work. We’re here to help you with guidance and expertise. From strategic planning to “who’s doing this?” questions, we’re here to track down resources, and connect you with the right information — and the right people — to put your vision into action.

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A CommunitySuite overview with a focus on its strategic…

The right software investment can be more than ROI —…

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The right software investment can be more than ROI — it can create impact for your organization. Join Jennifer DeBues, Director of Operations and Granting as well as Board Member Betty Morris from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough as well as Stuart Reid, Executive Director of the Community Foundation Grey Bruce as they share how their investment in Foundant’s CommunitySuite solution has supported their organizations.

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A Just Transition: Making climate action inclusive

The transition to a low carbon economy will impact communities…

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The transition to a low carbon economy will impact communities and workers that are already being affected by job losses, stagnant wages and precarious work. The Just Transition framework looks to place the voices of affected workers and other impacted communities at the center of conversations on the transition to a low carbon economy. This webinar looks at the role that investors can play to ensure that the social dimensions of the low carbon transition are considered in efforts to tackle climate change.

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Primer: Five tips for using your Vital Signs during…

What drives each candidate, and what kind of outreach will…

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What drives each candidate, and what kind of outreach will resonate with them? If you had one ‘ask’ for a new government, what would it be? What are the rules about political activity? Answers to these questions and more, in this resource that explores how best to leverage your Vital Signs work during an election period.

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Vital Signs is going digital

Community foundations will have access to a digital platform to…

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Community foundations will have access to a digital platform to showcase their data online in early 2020. This webinar gives community foundations a sneak peak at how the platform will look and feel, and calls for input in its design. First, Kyle Wiebe, with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, provided a demonstration of the community indicator system currently in development. Next, Todd Barr, with the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, provided a demo of the foundation’s site on the platform.

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Accounting Standards Board’s Framework for Reporting Performance Measures

Watch this easy-to-understand video to learn why the Accounting Standards…

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Watch this easy-to-understand video to learn why the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) developed the Framework and how it can help you! This resource is courtesy of Financial Reporting & Assurance Standards Canada.

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Policy Guidelines and Template Manual

With the increasing complexity of regulations, demand for accountability, and…

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With the increasing complexity of regulations, demand for accountability, and sophistication of donors and gifting vehicles, community foundations must not only be professional in their approaches to all of their work but also ready and able to handle any situations that arise. In fact, many people would agree that the Board’s most important responsibility is establishing policy. A policy can be a governing principle; a guideline for carrying out work; and a way for the Board to delegate authority. Policies let individuals make sound decisions while relieving the Board of Directors and the Executive Director of involvement in routine decision making. Policies ensure that operations within your community foundation are administered consistently, within regulations and that donors and members of the public are treated fairly and uniformly.