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Entering CF Insights Data
Entering CF Insights Data
Creating Peer Groups and Benchmarking Reports
Creating Peer Groups and Benchmarking Reports
CF Insights Members The Field
Services Expert Guidance and Analysis Checked
Peer Learning and Connections Checked
Technical Assistance
with Tools
Consulting and Project Support Checked Checked
Tools Benchmarking and Custom Reports Checked with Annotation
Dashboard for Board Presentations Checked
Activity-Based Costing Analysis Model Checked Checked
Economic Scenario Planning Model Checked Checked
Interactive Strategy Model Checked Checked
Knowledge Member Research Briefs Checked
Trend Analysis and Rankings Checked Checked
Reports on Key Issues and Ideas Checked Checked

* 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


  • 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



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


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


  • 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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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 (PDF, 3.01 MB) 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.

For a sixth straight year the community foundation field saw growth in assets, with participants experiencing an average 11% increase over 2013 asset levels. This growth was consistent for foundations of all sizes. Gifts and grants also saw significant increases across the field, at 16% and 20% respectively. Changes in these levels were more dependent on the size of the individual community foundation, with small community foundations seeing the most pronounced increases.

CF Insights thanks the 274 community foundations that have provided FY 2014 data for this analysis. Access the Data (XLS, 66 KB) for all reporting community foundations, access the Top 100 Community Foundations by Asset Size (PDF, 1,264 KB), and see how you on operational metrics in Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size: Top 100 Lists (PDF, 1.70 MB).

Access the FY 2014 Columbus Survey webinar 

View a recording of our FY 2014 Columbus Survey webinar hosted by Aaron Schill and David Rosado which explores this year's findings, and download the presentation (PDF, 1.88 MB).

A Closer Look at the Data

For this year’s survey, CF Insights has developed an interactive data dashboard to complement the Columbus Survey Trends Report. These visualizations allow for more in-depth analysis of the survey data and provide a different way to understand trends for the field. The dashboard examines data about four emerging issues for community foundations that are not directly addressed in the report: per capita assets, community leadership, operational efficiency, and the growing importance of donor advised funds.

For each data visualization, hovering over the data points will display additional information, and users can highlight particular data by clicking on a particular point or legend category. Stay tuned for additional dashboards and other interactive data tools from CF Insights in the future.

Fueling Impact
Fueling Impact
2008 Columbus Webinar
2008 Columbus Webinar
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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
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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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