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benchmarking reports

Data We Collect
Data We Collect

Data Collected by CF Insights

All data collected by CF Insights is available to members as criteria with which to build peer groups and as the basis for over 60 on-demand reports.

Foundation Basics:

  • Fiscal Year End Date
  • Year Foundation Created
  • Staffing by Function
  • Strategic Operating Priorities
  • Affiliations with Other Foundations
  • Software Type Used
  • Engagement in the Following Areas:
    • Community Leadership
    • Fiscal Sponsorship/Fundraising
    • Fundraising for Operations
    • Nonprofit Resource Center
    • Services to Private Foundations
    • Special Initiatives

Geographic:

  • Urban vs. Rural
  • Population of Area Served
  • Geographic Area Served
  • State
  • Region

Assets and Funds:

  • Total Assets
  • Total Assets by Product Type
  • Total Number of Foundation Funds
  • Total Number of DAFs
  • Total Number of Funds Held at SOs
  • Total Number of SOs
  • Operating Endowment and Reserves

 

Expenses:

  • Total Operating Expenses
  • Special Initiative Operations Expenses
  • Operating Expenses as Percent of Assets

Contributions:

  • Total Foundation Contributions - $ and #
  • Total Contributions to DAFs - $ and #
  • Total Contributions to SOs - $ and #

Grants:

  • Total Foundation Grants - $ and #
  • Total Grants from DAFs - $ and #
  • Total Grants from SOs - $ and #

Activity-Based Costing Results:

  • Contributions/Subsidies by Product - $
  • Total Cost by Product - $
  • Total Cost by Activity Type - $

Administrative Fee Schedules:

CF Insights collects the following fee information by specific product and fund type.

  • Total Fees
  • Minimum Fees
  • Minimum Fund Balance

Investment Data from the Colonial Consulting/FAOG Investment Survey:

Colonial Consulting and FAOG provide CF Insights with the results of their annual and quarterly investment surveys.

  • Annualized Returns
  • Overall Allocation
  • Equity Allocation
  • Fixed Income Allocation
  • Alternate Allocation

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Core Resources

Assessing Community Foundation Needs and Envisioning the Future
CF Insights and CFLeads are delighted to share with you our new report Assessing Community Foundation Needs and Envisioning the Future. 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.
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2014 Columbus Survey Results: Sustained Growth in an Expanding Field
What growth trends did the community foundation field experience in FY 2014? Sustained Growth in an Expanding Field is an analysis of 2014 data gathered through the Columbus Survey. The report is a resource to understand the performance of your individual organization in the context of the field. Trends in assets, gifts, and grants are the focal point of the analysis.
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2015 Columbus Survey Findings

What is the current state of the community foundation field? Our new findings report provides a detailed snapshot of fiscal year 2015 data gathered through the Columbus Survey.


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Top 100 Community Foundations by Assets
Based on the results of the yearly Columbus Survey
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Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size Top 100 Lists
How do you compare?
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2013 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts for Growth and Aspirations
What growth trends did the community foundation field experience in FY 2013?

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2010 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts Point to Growth
What changes in assets, gifts, and grants did community foundations experience in 2010 given the economic recovery?
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2011 Columbus Survey Results: Guidepost for Navigating Peaks and Valleys
What changes in assets, gifts, and grants did community foundations experience in 2011?
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2012 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts Point to New Heights
What growth trends did the community foundation field experience in FY 2012?
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Align, Adapt, Aspire: Ten Years of Community Foundation Business Model Evolution
Community foundations understand how the traditional community foundation business model falls short of new aspirations.
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Case Studies: How Four Community Information Projects Went from Idea to Impact
Community and place-based foundations across the country are recognizing that, in an increasingly digital world, credible news and information are among the most powerful tools they have to spark community change.
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On Board: Engaging the Full Potential of Community Foundation Directors

An engaged board is critical to helping a community foundation achieve its greatest level of impact.


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Growing Smarter: Achieving Sustainability in Emerging Community Foundations
Learn about the importance of purposeful growth to achieve sustainability and mission-related goals.
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Seeking Shared Success: Business Model Innovation through Mergers, Affiliations, and Alliances
Do you want to know how a new structure can help your community foundation on the path to sustainable growth? Are you curious about the structural options available to help your foundation leverage expertise, promote philanthropy, and amplify community leadership and program strategy?
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2009 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts on the Path to Recovery
Learn about trends across the community foundation field for the Fiscal Year ending 2009.
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2008 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts for Growth and Grantmaking
Learn about trends across the community foundation field for the Fiscal Year ending 2008.
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Strengthening Community Foundations: Redefining the Opportunities
Findings and implications of FSG’s initial study in 2003 examining the economics and market dynamics of community foundations’ products and services.
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