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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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Community Leadership Assessment Tool

Community foundations, as local philanthropic institutions whose missions are focused on the betterment of the communities in which they are embedded, have taken on an increasingly diverse set of roles beyond "grantmaker," including philanthropic advisor, non-profit capacity builder, coalition-builder, and more broadly, community leader, in an ongoing pursuit to create equitable communities that work for all. As community foundations continue their work as active players in creating positive impact by embracing these roles, the field’s desire to track this journey beyond the use of traditional, asset-based, financial metrics has only grown.

The Community Leadership Assessment Tool provides a set of detailed indicators to help community foundations better understand their level of engagement across several dimensions of community leadership, including the lifting up of community voice, policy advocacy, coordination among networks, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and much more.

The Community Leadership Assessment Tool emerged from an 18-month development process of interviewing field leaders, a thorough review of related tools, and two pilot studies. We are pleased to make this tool available to the entire field.

At the foundation-level, this tool is designed to inform practice. For foundation-level discussions emerging out of the Community Leadership Assessment Tool, it may be useful to engage CFLeads or other external facilitators or consultants to guide conversations around practice. CF Insights can also assist the foundation in examining its operating model and ability to expand its investment of resources in community leadership efforts.

At the field level, results from this tool will be aggregated by CF Insights to provide a broader perspective on how foundations are engaging in community leadership efforts.

The online version of the Community Leadership Assessment Tool is available here. CF Insights encourages your community foundation to submit your results via the online version to inform field-wide reporting and benchmarking.

A blog post by Simeon Banister, Vice President, Community Programs at Rochester Area Community Foundation, shares his first impressions of the tool and the value he believes it will bring to the field.

Average scores for each of the items are available here. Initial benchmarking averages are based on a sample of 34 responses collected during the pilot. Over time, as more foundations use the tool and submit their scores online, averages will become more reliable. CF Insights will also use aggregated, field-wide data to publish periodic briefs on the state of community leadership work.

Fueling Impact
Fueling Impact
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Launching a New Study: Strategic Value of DAFs
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Do More Than Grow Webinar
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