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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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IRP Program Guidelines

Guidelines intended to help social purpose organizations interested in applying…

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Guidelines intended to help social purpose organizations interested in applying to the IRP through the steps of preparing and submitting their application.

IRP Application Form for coops, nonprofits and for profit…

The application form to help nonprofits, coops and for profit…

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The application form to help nonprofits, coops and for profit social enterprises prepare an application to the Investment Readiness Program.

IRP Application Form for Charities & Other Qualified Donees

The application form to help charities and qualified donees prepare…

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The application form to help charities and qualified donees prepare an application to the Investment Readiness Program.

Guide
The Impact Investing Guidebook for Foundations – 2019 Primer

This is a guide for foundations looking to align their…

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An update and addition to the original Impact Investing Guidebook for Foundations (2017). This is a guide for foundations looking to align their portfolios for impact. It addresses some of the following questions: Where do we start? How do I align my Board and staff ? What is the legal opinion on impact investing? How are others doing this? What can we invest in?

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Investment Readiness Program: An intro for community foundations

This webinar is for community foundations who are interested in…

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The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is a new initiative launched by the Government of Canada with the goal of helping social purpose organizations (charities, non-profits, social enterprises, for-profits with a social purpose and co-operatives) build their capacity to participate in Canada’s growing social finance market. This webinar is for community foundations who are interested in learning more about the IRP and how to promote it within their communities and regions. CFC will provide guidance and materials to foundations to enable their active role in supporting the IRP.

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Investment Readiness Glossary

Social finance can be complicated, and it’s easy to get…

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Social finance can be complicated, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with information online. Here is a glossary of important terms relevant to the Investment Readiness Program.

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Implications of operating model choices — Part 2

In Part 2 of this 3-part series, you will learn…

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In Part 2 of this 3-part series, you will learn about the underlying tradeoffs that may be required as a foundation aligns its day-to-day work, policies and practices, staff competencies and skill sets and longer-term strategies with its primary operating model. You will learn about examples of foundations that made purposeful shifts in their models to be more financially sustainable and more valuable to their communities. Presenters: Tony Macklin and Steve Alley, Ekstrom Alley Clontz & Associates

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