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Creating Peer Groups and Benchmarking Reports
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* Columbus Survey Participants have on-demand access to a select subset of
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

Contact info@cfinsights.org for more information.

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?  "Guideposts Point to Growth" (PDF, 937 KB) is an analysis of 2010 data gathered through the Columbus Survey. The report offers 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.

 

Survey findings show that the average community foundation in 2010 grew assets by 13%, compared to 2009’s 12% decline in assets. Gifts and grants are also up among community foundations, and the inflow of gifts once again exceeds the outflow of grant funds, a relationship that was reversed in 2009. CF Insights thanks the 250+ community foundations that shared timely 2010 data for this analysis. Access the data (XLS, 27KB) for all reporting community foundations and access the Top 100 by Assets (PDF, 60 KB).

 

 

Training Webinar

Want to understand what all these numbers mean for the field and your foundation? Through CF Insights, you can access fresh comparative data from over 250 community foundations.  Join us for an overview of this year’s survey findings followed by a demonstration of how you can use comparative data to provide insights for your foundation. 

 

Share your data and gain access to select benchmarking reports

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Overview and Instructions (PDF, 38KB)

 

Or contact Diana Esposito to find out how to contribute data and access reports.






Fueling Impact
Fueling Impact
2008 Columbus Webinar
2008 Columbus Webinar
Pathway to Business Model Innovation Getting to "Fueling Impact"
Pathway to Business Model Innovation Getting to "Fueling Impact"
Launching a New Study: Strategic Value of DAFs
Launching a New Study: Strategic Value of DAFs
Do More Than Grow Webinar
Do More Than Grow Webinar
Columbus Training Webinar - FY 2013
Columbus training webinar
Columbus training webinar
Columbus Training Webinar - May 2012
Columbus Training Webinar - May 2012
CF Insights Columbus Data Training Webinar
CF Insights Columbus Data Training Webinar

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