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Entering CF Insights Data
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Creating Peer Groups and Benchmarking Reports
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Tools Benchmarking and Custom Reports Checked with Annotation
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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.

2016 Columbus Survey Findings

Read the press release. 

What is the current state of the community foundation field? CF Insights is pleased to share a new, interactive Columbus Survey Results Dashboard. This dashboard allows for access to an updated snapshot of foundation growth and related operational activity during fiscal year 2016. Gathered through the annual Columbus Survey, the dataset and related findings from this latest edition of the "census of the community foundation field" will allow you to understand not only your organization's standing in relation to the field, but the state of the field as a whole.

This visual-driven dashboard allows for a greater focus on the reports and data most interesting to the user, and includes four Top 100 lists ranking the largest community foundations in the United States by asset size, as well as three additional metrics that look beyond asset size.

CF Insights thanks the 253 community foundations that have contributed to a robust FY 2016 dataset which informed this analysis. Access the Data (XLS, 43 KB) for all reporting community foundations.

Participants can access additional benchmarking reports featuring field-wide aggregate data via the CF Insights database, and members can create peer groups to generate customized reports based on user-defined peer groups. Please contact David Rosado or Diana Esposito for help with accessing any of these live reports.

Access the FY 2016 Columbus Survey Webinar

David Rosado and Diana Esposito provide a guided tour of the Columbus Survey dashboard and discussed thiyear's findings, as well as how you can access CF Insights data to perform your own benchmarking.  

Download the full version of the slide deck presented during the webinar (PDF, 3.8MB).







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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