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The Community Foundation Atlas survey gives respondents the opportunity to describe in their own words the “most meaningful change” brought about in recent years as a result of their organizations’ support or initiative. Their unrehearsed answers are presented here in alphabetical order by organization name, with filtering and sorting options that permit customized access. Considered in their entirety, they provide a fascinating glimpse of how place-based foundations are advancing their communities’ aspirations by acting as facilitators, catalysts, conveners, advocates and trailblazers. Add your voice by posting comments providing additional insights into the nature or significance of a foundation’s work.
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  • Maine Community Foundation

    Ellsworth, Maine, United States – 1983

    We expanded our scholarship program and increased our focus on this issue around the state. More students are gaining crucial financial support through our scholarships. We are also working with businesses to build awareness of the importance of secondary education to Maine’s economic well-being.

    We expanded our scholarship program and increased our focus on this issue around the state. More students are gaining crucial financial support through our scholarships. We are also working with businesses to build awareness of the importance of secondary education to Maine’s economic well-being.

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  • Prahova Community Foundation

    Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania – 2013

    In our first months of activity we brought together at the same table resource people from the community and people promoting local initiatives for community development. Our grant-making process works the same way, with jury members and local NGOs meeting together in order to put innovative ideas...

    In our first months of activity we brought together at the same table resource people from the community and people promoting local initiatives for community development. Our grant-making process works the same way, with jury members and local NGOs meeting together in order to put innovative ideas into practice. This builds confidence and creates alliances.

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  • Community Foundation of Tompkins County

    Ithaca, New York, United States – 2000

    Since our inception in 2000 we have granted more than $5 million and built assets of $12 million, including five amazing program supports from our grantmaking portfolio: annual grants to 33 rural libraries to increase the love of learning and reading among youth; support of a feasibility...

    Since our inception in 2000 we have granted more than $5 million and built assets of $12 million, including five amazing program supports from our grantmaking portfolio: annual grants to 33 rural libraries to increase the love of learning and reading among youth; support of a feasibility study to expand a curriculum-based cultural institutions field trip program to every student in the county; expanding the capacity of a local re-use center to generate more earned income and to increase its job training program; co-funding special training to support the next generation of executive director leadership for a more collaborative and effective future; and half-million-dollar endowments at two community centers for local meal programs.

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  • Adirondack Foundation

    Lake Placid, New York, United States – 1997

    We successfully stepped into the responsive disaster grantmaking arena due to Hurricane Irene’s devastation of the Eastern Adirondack region. We had no prior experience with disaster philanthropy, but when the storm hit, our foundation jumped in with both feet, making grants to affected individuals within a week...

    We successfully stepped into the responsive disaster grantmaking arena due to Hurricane Irene’s devastation of the Eastern Adirondack region. We had no prior experience with disaster philanthropy, but when the storm hit, our foundation jumped in with both feet, making grants to affected individuals within a week after the hurricane.

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  • Akuapem Community Foundation

    Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana – 2005

    In November 2005, we instituted an Education Day for all junior high schools in Akuapem. The Day concentrates on looking for solutions to the problems affecting the delivery of quality education such that for many years many basic schools scored 0% pass at the Basic Education Certificate...

    In November 2005, we instituted an Education Day for all junior high schools in Akuapem. The Day concentrates on looking for solutions to the problems affecting the delivery of quality education such that for many years many basic schools scored 0% pass at the Basic Education Certificate Examination. In 2011, on our seventh Education Day, there was an evaluation of what had been done so far. The outcome was remarkable improvement in the pass level in Akuapem schools, currently well above the national average. This year’s Education Day, the ninth, was about the health needs of our mothers. Their wellness is basic to the well-being of the children we hope will be our future leaders.

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  • Baltimore Community Foundation

    Baltimore, Maryland, United States – 1972

    In 2013 we rallied our board, staff and community partners to help pass major legislation in our state’s capital. It will fund the first six-year phase of a $2.4 billion renewal plan for Baltimore City’s school buildings-enough for 15 new schools and the extensive renovation of about...

    In 2013 we rallied our board, staff and community partners to help pass major legislation in our state’s capital. It will fund the first six-year phase of a $2.4 billion renewal plan for Baltimore City’s school buildings-enough for 15 new schools and the extensive renovation of about 35 others. Passage of this bill is a major step toward renovating and modernizing all public school buildings in Baltimore City.

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  • Community Foundation for National Capital Region

    Washington, District of Columbia, United States – 1973

    Over the years, the foundation has become the place to check in about particular issues of concern to the community. Local funders and donors often look to us for guidance on particular issues. Local government often views us as a major partner to effect positive change in...

    Over the years, the foundation has become the place to check in about particular issues of concern to the community. Local funders and donors often look to us for guidance on particular issues. Local government often views us as a major partner to effect positive change in our region.

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  • Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

    Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom – 1979

    Our peace-building program has enabled us to work proactively with some of the most marginalized communities to both increase their own self-confidence and self-awareness and facilitate their collaboration with other groups across the sectarian divide. Consequently, former enemies can now sit down together as friends, being prepared...

    Our peace-building program has enabled us to work proactively with some of the most marginalized communities to both increase their own self-confidence and self-awareness and facilitate their collaboration with other groups across the sectarian divide. Consequently, former enemies can now sit down together as friends, being prepared to listen and increasingly to respect one another’s differences.

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  • Community Foundation for Ohio Valley

    Wheeling, West Virginia, United States – 1972

    In 2010 we created a Women’s Giving Circle. The WGC grew quickly to 124 members who each give a minimum of $500 per year, half of which is put into an endowment and the other half used for annual grants. The women are people of influence in...

    In 2010 we created a Women’s Giving Circle. The WGC grew quickly to 124 members who each give a minimum of $500 per year, half of which is put into an endowment and the other half used for annual grants. The women are people of influence in our community and many of them hadn’t dealt with us before. They have become thoughtful grantmakers and have learned a great deal about the real needs of women and girls in our region through hands-on activities. As a part of their educational meetings, they hear directly from women and girls who have been helped by their philanthropy. It is making a real difference in our region.

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  • Community Foundation of Middlesex County

    Middletown, Connecticut, United States – 1997

    Over the past five years we have worked hard to stress the importance of giving locally. The effort has produced tremendous results, both financially and from a goodwill standpoint.

    Over the past five years we have worked hard to stress the importance of giving locally. The effort has produced tremendous results, both financially and from a goodwill standpoint.

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  • Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama

    Anniston, Alabama, United States – 1999

    The foundation partnered with our local United Way to bring the Alabama Association of Nonprofits’ comprehensive Standards for Excellence program to nonprofits in our region. Those organizations that successfully complete the program are afforded a number of benefits, including 10 bonus points when applying for foundation grants.

    The foundation partnered with our local United Way to bring the Alabama Association of Nonprofits’ comprehensive Standards for Excellence program to nonprofits in our region. Those organizations that successfully complete the program are afforded a number of benefits, including 10 bonus points when applying for foundation grants.

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  • Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia

    Richmond, Virginia, United States – 1968

    The foundation funded the pilot of Rapid Re-housing in 2009 to change the way services are provided to individuals and families who become homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. This national best practice model moves individuals and families into permanent housing as quickly as possible,...

    The foundation funded the pilot of Rapid Re-housing in 2009 to change the way services are provided to individuals and families who become homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. This national best practice model moves individuals and families into permanent housing as quickly as possible, as opposed to long stays in emergency or transitional shelter. The pilot led to a 50% decrease in the median length of shelter stay for homeless families from 2009 to 2011. In addition, this housing-first approach resulted in fewer children in shelters, fewer families returning to homelessness and significantly less money spent in serving those families. The Commonwealth of Virginia has introduced this housing-first approach into its human services priorities at the state level.

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  • Comunidad A.C.

    Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico – 1996

    LA ESTACION is a vast squatters’ settlement where we recently dedicated a new $40,000 community center, where we feed a hearty and nutritious breakfast to 180 children, the center alive with daily programs, adult education and income-producing workshop opportunities; we provide a pre-school for 150 children and...

    LA ESTACION is a vast squatters’ settlement where we recently dedicated a new $40,000 community center, where we feed a hearty and nutritious breakfast to 180 children, the center alive with daily programs, adult education and income-producing workshop opportunities; we provide a pre-school for 150 children and offer tutoring assistance; we are developing a public patio, mini-park and a cloths washing location, all new programs at local citizens’ initiative. TEXCAL is a neighborhood that invited us to share our community empowerment methodology with almost breathtaking impact, people working together in small business development, waste management, recycling, beautification and programs for children and youth. Each project has its own remarkable “birthing story,” each steadily expanding its scope and impact, the people themselves focusing vision of a different future and tapping their collective capacities to “put wheels under their dreams” as they like to put it.

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  • Connecticut Community Foundation

    Waterbury, Connecticut, United States – 1923

    We have focused on programming for older adults-assessing needs, issuing a report, designing new initiatives, building capacity, networking service providers and providing new funds.

    We have focused on programming for older adults-assessing needs, issuing a report, designing new initiatives, building capacity, networking service providers and providing new funds.

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  • DeKalb County Community Foundation

    Sycamore, Illinois, United States – 1993

    We helped create and provide administrative coordination to the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, a network of nonprofits serving our county. This sets the stage for more effective communication, resource distribution and training among nonprofits.

    We helped create and provide administrative coordination to the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership, a network of nonprofits serving our county. This sets the stage for more effective communication, resource distribution and training among nonprofits.

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  • Devon Community Foundation

    Tiverton, Devon, United Kingdom – 1996

    One of our donors who has a particular interest in young people from the most deprived districts wanted to do something very strategic. So we invented an “accelerator” program which trained a number of the best organizations we had funded in this area of work in how...

    One of our donors who has a particular interest in young people from the most deprived districts wanted to do something very strategic. So we invented an “accelerator” program which trained a number of the best organizations we had funded in this area of work in how to replicate or scale up. The result has been electric. The groups have transformed, becoming far more sustainable and enterprising and attracting significant further funding from other sources.

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  • El Paso Community Foundation

    El Paso, Texas, United States – 1977

    The foundation’s Classroom Fund (theclassroomfund.org) has given innovation grants directly to classrooms. We have also granted to provide outreach to children in Juarez, Mexico, to teach rule of law, and to help fund a world-class children’s museum there. We also are working on a project to deal...

    The foundation’s Classroom Fund (theclassroomfund.org) has given innovation grants directly to classrooms. We have also granted to provide outreach to children in Juarez, Mexico, to teach rule of law, and to help fund a world-class children’s museum there. We also are working on a project to deal with hunger in El Paso County, and develop a bona fide local food system to increase access to fresh foods. Finally, the foundation has been instrumental in reviving downtown El Paso through restoration of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre (theplazatheatre.org), and continues to produce the Plaza Classic Film Festival (plazaclassic.com), which has been a huge economic development boon to El Paso, and a strong cultural education and history tool for the region.

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  • Fondation de Lille

    Lille , Nord, France – 1997

    Our greatest achievement has been to award grants to students who couldn’t find help from other social organizations by establishing links and networks between our foundation, universities, schools, social services and other foundations. We have succeeded in getting firms, enterprises, banks and others interested in our projects....

    Our greatest achievement has been to award grants to students who couldn’t find help from other social organizations by establishing links and networks between our foundation, universities, schools, social services and other foundations. We have succeeded in getting firms, enterprises, banks and others interested in our projects. We have created a club in which our prize winners can find mutual help. The foundation also takes part in the fight against illiteracy, which is quite important to our region.

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  • Fondo Acción Solidaria

    La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico – 2007

    We contribute to rebuilding the social fabric needed among grassroots organizations that focus on the sustainability and conservation of natural resources.

    We contribute to rebuilding the social fabric needed among grassroots organizations that focus on the sustainability and conservation of natural resources.

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  • Fundació Horta Sud

    Valencia, Spain – 1972

    We work to strengthen civil society, create collaborative networks between associations and provide meeting places to discuss the future of associations.

    We work to strengthen civil society, create collaborative networks between associations and provide meeting places to discuss the future of associations.

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  • Geyser Community Foundation

    Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand – 2007

    By establishing an easy way for donors to give or leave money to their chosen charitable cause, we have built up a NZ$3 million endowment fund, the yield on which will be used to support those charities. Though our grantmaking, we have provided positive publicity to a...

    By establishing an easy way for donors to give or leave money to their chosen charitable cause, we have built up a NZ$3 million endowment fund, the yield on which will be used to support those charities. Though our grantmaking, we have provided positive publicity to a number of charitable organizations.

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  • Greater Manhattan Community Foundation

    Manhattan, Kansas, United States – 1999

    We have built trust and support between community members and nonprofits.

    We have built trust and support between community members and nonprofits.

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  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation

    Venice, Florida, United States – 1995

    Our new mission statement, and our living up to it, has attracted new donors who want to invest in our work.

    Our new mission statement, and our living up to it, has attracted new donors who want to invest in our work.

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  • Iași Community Foundation

    Iași, Iasi, Romania – 2012

    The area we had the most impact is youth. We have managed to offer young people different learning experiences and prepared them to be the active citizens of tomorrow.

    The area we had the most impact is youth. We have managed to offer young people different learning experiences and prepared them to be the active citizens of tomorrow.

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  • ICom - Instituto Comunitário Grande Florianópolis

    Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil – 2005

    ICom’s leadership brought to the local agenda the case for transparency among nonprofits, creating collaboratively an online platform (www.portaltransparencia.org.br) to help strenghten nonprofits and their relationship with the community as a whole. We are coordinating a group of almost 80 organizations in a movement to work with...

    ICom’s leadership brought to the local agenda the case for transparency among nonprofits, creating collaboratively an online platform (www.portaltransparencia.org.br) to help strenghten nonprofits and their relationship with the community as a whole. We are coordinating a group of almost 80 organizations in a movement to work with and evaluate local government in order to improve public policies. The movement passed a law to make it mandatory for the local government to establish a plan of goals and to be accountable for those goals to the entire population annually. ICom has opened a Center for Social Innovation, offering services to nonprofits and individuals to test, prototype and implement initiatives aiming to improve quality of life.

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  • Ikhala Trust

    Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa – 2002

    We have worked tirelessly for the past 11 years to bring about an awareness of the value of community assets as the starting point for funding support, as well as an appreciation that the poor have assets and value and that there is a need to unlock...

    We have worked tirelessly for the past 11 years to bring about an awareness of the value of community assets as the starting point for funding support, as well as an appreciation that the poor have assets and value and that there is a need to unlock those resources and to place communities at the center of all our interventions. This approach is now taking root in national government pro-poor programs.

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  • Irpin Community Foundation

    Irpin, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine – 2007

    Within three years our foundation fulfilled more than 20 donor projects; held more than 100 conferences, workshops and celebrations; provided more than 60 mini-grants to implement meaningful public initiatives; brought together more than 70 organizations in the region that regularly participate in grant-making and training events; and...

    Within three years our foundation fulfilled more than 20 donor projects; held more than 100 conferences, workshops and celebrations; provided more than 60 mini-grants to implement meaningful public initiatives; brought together more than 70 organizations in the region that regularly participate in grant-making and training events; and began an extensive youth program.

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  • Kilimani Project Foundation

    Nairobi, Kenya – 2013

    Over the past year we have introduced many corporate sponsors and residents to a local public primary school, leading to renovation of its library, classrooms, swimming pool and canteen. Through our Twitter account, @kilimanispeaks, the community now has a voice for demanding better public services. The foundation...

    Over the past year we have introduced many corporate sponsors and residents to a local public primary school, leading to renovation of its library, classrooms, swimming pool and canteen. Through our Twitter account, @kilimanispeaks, the community now has a voice for demanding better public services. The foundation is a focal point for the county government’s plans to improve solid waste management programs in Kilimani, and the local business community supports our programs: green and recreational services, public safety, entrepreneurial development and social cohesion. Over 2014, this has included public clean ups, medical camp for 100 people, co-hosting of provocative gender and identity play "Silence is a woman" and appreciative inquiry surveys

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  • LIN Center for Community Development

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – 2009

    We would like to highlight two positive changes that our organization has helped to bring about in our community. Skilled volunteerism, which is a term we had to create when we started our work, is now growing in popularity. When we got started, we had trouble convincing...

    We would like to highlight two positive changes that our organization has helped to bring about in our community. Skilled volunteerism, which is a term we had to create when we started our work, is now growing in popularity. When we got started, we had trouble convincing people to volunteer their skill sets. Now we have a huge database of skilled volunteers who want to help and not enough positions for them to fill. We have also helped to make it much easier for people to find and engage with others who are working toward shared goals. Through our events and activities, pro bono consultations and, now, our new website (www.VietnamCauses.org), we are making it much easier for nonprofits, donors and volunteers to find partners.

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  • Mures Community Foundation

    Tîrgu Mureș, Mureș, Romania – 2011

    We changed a local cycling law with the help of other NGOs and our citizens; cycling is now permitted in the center of the city. We are now working toward the institution of bicycle lanes for safer and environment-friendly transportation and mobility in the city.

    We changed a local cycling law with the help of other NGOs and our citizens; cycling is now permitted in the center of the city. We are now working toward the institution of bicycle lanes for safer and environment-friendly transportation and mobility in the city.

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  • Odorheiu Secuiesc Community Foundations

    Odorheiu Secuiesc, Harghita, Romania – 2007

    In 2009 we started an initiative called Community Card. By this model we fund-raise and build a community fund which is used to support local NGOs. The Community Card holders decide among the NGOs’ applications through a voting process. In 2009 we had almost 1,000 CC holders...

    In 2009 we started an initiative called Community Card. By this model we fund-raise and build a community fund which is used to support local NGOs. The Community Card holders decide among the NGOs’ applications through a voting process. In 2009 we had almost 1,000 CC holders and raised 100 to 200 euro each month. Today we have more than 13,000 CC holders and raise more than 2,000 euro/month. Each family in our town has one or two cardholders. People are using the card more conscientiously because they know they are contributing to positive local change. The CC model is building three more communities from Romania. The Run for IT! fund-raising sport event started in 2012 is growing fast involving more and more NGOs, volunteers and donors from local, national and international level too. In this year run more than 120 people for 12 NGOs and we raised more than 13,500 USD. By our Urban Kalaka program we revitalized the tradition of community volunteer work. Yearly hundreds of volunteers work together to build a better and nicer place where they live.

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  • Sarnia Community Foundation

    Sarnia, Ontario, Canada – 1983

    We foster partnership and collaboration between similar organizations that have for a number of years been in direct competition.

    We foster partnership and collaboration between similar organizations that have for a number of years been in direct competition.

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  • Sibiu Community Foundation

    Sibiu, Romania – 2012

    We have managed to get people involved with funding programs for local NGOs and have brought together community members, companies and local authorities.

    We have managed to get people involved with funding programs for local NGOs and have brought together community members, companies and local authorities.

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  • SurreyCares Community Foundation

    Surrey, British Columbia, Canada – 1994

    We rebranded to SurreyCares Community Foundation which has helped to identify who we are and what we do in the community. Our website is currently under development and will further help to define our Community Foundation and what we do. Last year we did our first...

    We rebranded to SurreyCares Community Foundation which has helped to identify who we are and what we do in the community. Our website is currently under development and will further help to define our Community Foundation and what we do. Last year we did our first Vital Signs report for Surrey which helped us to identify those areas that are most in need of funding. Goal of Vital Signs is to help in redirecting philanthropic dollars to where they are needed most in the community to make a difference. This year we are doing our 2nd Vital Signs report (to launch October 6, 2015) on TRANSITIONS to Surrey (looking at it from the perspective of youth starting out in first 5 years after leaving high school) and New Arrivals to Surrey (from another City, Province and/or Country). Entrepreneurship will also be explored in these two groups. Our specific objectives include continuing to build our board and our endowment funds so we will be able to redirect the board from a working group to more of a visionary board and put in place a working CEO or ED.

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  • Tuzla Community Foundation

    Tuzla, Tuzla Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina – 2003

    Citizens participate in our decision making through the board, grant committees, and expert and working groups, and they influence the shaping of programs and distribution of funds. The foundation engages people in community development through discussions about local problem solving and grants to community projects and local organizations.

    Citizens participate in our decision making through the board, grant committees, and expert and working groups, and they influence the shaping of programs and distribution of funds. The foundation engages people in community development through discussions about local problem solving and grants to community projects and local organizations.

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  • West Coast Community Foundation

    Malmesbury, Western Cape, South Africa – 2001

    Adapting our organization to the principles of asset-based citizen-driven development allowed us to work better and also made sense to our communities. The process reignited indigenous learning and allowed people to find their own strengths.

    Adapting our organization to the principles of asset-based citizen-driven development allowed us to work better and also made sense to our communities. The process reignited indigenous learning and allowed people to find their own strengths.

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  • Winnipeg Foundation

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – 1921

    We’ve created and led a community engagement / citizen journalism project that allows community members to share the stories that matter to them. It is an online hub, and along with the website (www.cncwpg.org) the project also offers multimedia journalism training workshops, ongoing mentorship and innovative story sharing.

    We’ve created and led a community engagement / citizen journalism project that allows community members to share the stories that matter to them. It is an online hub, and along with the website (www.cncwpg.org) the project also offers multimedia journalism training workshops, ongoing mentorship and innovative story sharing.

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  • Bucharest Community Foundation

    Bucharest, Romania – 2011

    As a very small organization in a large capital city, we believe that, while our grantmaking efforts are not yet very noticeable, we are developing a culture of giving and an attitude that NGOs can be trusted. We are preparing case studies on our donors and grants...

    As a very small organization in a large capital city, we believe that, while our grantmaking efforts are not yet very noticeable, we are developing a culture of giving and an attitude that NGOs can be trusted. We are preparing case studies on our donors and grants in order to inspire greater philanthropy.

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  • Cluj Community Foundation

    Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania – 2008

    Over the past five years we have granted a total of $400,000 for 182 projects and 170 scholars. This year our Cluj Donor Circle (CDC) will promote various projects and gather to support them during CDC events. The process of organizing a donor circle event has opened...

    Over the past five years we have granted a total of $400,000 for 182 projects and 170 scholars. This year our Cluj Donor Circle (CDC) will promote various projects and gather to support them during CDC events. The process of organizing a donor circle event has opened conversations about philanthropy and collective giving and allowed us to acquire new contacts and cultivate relationships.

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  • Communities Foundation of Texas

    Dallas, Texas, United States – 1953

    Our Data Driven Decision-Making Institute (D3) is designed to provide organizations that offer programs and services to low-income working families the power to accelerate their development of enduring solutions to the social and economic problems facing this population. The institute helps organizations to develop a shared understanding...

    Our Data Driven Decision-Making Institute (D3) is designed to provide organizations that offer programs and services to low-income working families the power to accelerate their development of enduring solutions to the social and economic problems facing this population. The institute helps organizations to develop a shared understanding of the current issues and areas of need for the working poor based on currently available data; implement or expand use of data as part of program development and in strategic decision-making; and expand their network of resources and support, including sharing best practices through participation in a learning community.

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  • Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

    Appleton, Wisconsin, United States – 1986

    A few years ago we began using our discretionary grantmaking funds to support a systematic focus on nonprofit effectiveness. We have developed a robust program that supports infrastructure needs of our nonprofits through a competitive capacity-building grant program, grants to encourage strategic and financial planning and a...

    A few years ago we began using our discretionary grantmaking funds to support a systematic focus on nonprofit effectiveness. We have developed a robust program that supports infrastructure needs of our nonprofits through a competitive capacity-building grant program, grants to encourage strategic and financial planning and a new information technology grant program to help nonprofits move to the cloud.

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  • Community Foundation Serving Boulder County

    Boulder, Colorado, United States – 1991

    In 2008, our organization prioritized improving educational outcomes for low-income children and children of color by closing the achievement and opportunity gaps in Boulder County. Low-income kids are less likely to have access to high-quality early childhood care, enriching summer learning opportunities, regular dental care and stable...

    In 2008, our organization prioritized improving educational outcomes for low-income children and children of color by closing the achievement and opportunity gaps in Boulder County. Low-income kids are less likely to have access to high-quality early childhood care, enriching summer learning opportunities, regular dental care and stable and secure housing. These opportunity gaps manifest in achievement gaps in school. We work closely with administrators and teachers from both school districts, members of the nonprofit, business and faith communities, and low-income parents. In the past five years, we’ve seen outcomes for low-income kids start to improve, particularly in the areas of early literacy (third-grade reading) and on-time graduation rates.

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  • Kenya Community Development Foundation

    Nairobi, Kenya – 1997

    Our community development foundation is a unique organization. In a landscape where many nonprofits look to external donors for their sustenance, we look within Kenya and ensure it has its own investments to finance its activities. In a context where most donors and grant makers impose their...

    Our community development foundation is a unique organization. In a landscape where many nonprofits look to external donors for their sustenance, we look within Kenya and ensure it has its own investments to finance its activities. In a context where most donors and grant makers impose their agendas on communities, we support communities to be drivers of their own development agenda. Our strategic niche is in the promotion of a model that enhances growth and sustainability of communities through capacity development, community philanthropy and local resource mobilization. The ability of community members to support each other through active giving, whether of goods, services or cash, has always been the hallmark of African culture.

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  • Cleveland Foundation

    Cleveland, Ohio, United States – 1914

    The foundation has shown leadership by consistently speaking up for Clevelanders without a voice and by tackling the most intractable urban problems. For example, for more than three decades we have focused on rebuilding the city’s low-income neighborhoods—not on gentrifying them, but on bringing them back to...

    The foundation has shown leadership by consistently speaking up for Clevelanders without a voice and by tackling the most intractable urban problems. For example, for more than three decades we have focused on rebuilding the city’s low-income neighborhoods—not on gentrifying them, but on bringing them back to vibrancy for the people who have remained in their blighted but beloved communities. Exhibit A is an initiative that began in 2004, when we convened the area’s anchor institutions around a collective vision to stimulate reinvestment in six struggling neighborhoods that surround the medical, cultural and educational jewel we know as University Circle. It didn’t take any arm twisting. The leaders of the area’s anchors—Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, the Regional Transit Authority, and others—were eager to collaborate on the improvement of "Greater" University Circle. Their CEOs recognized that the future of their institutions and the Circle was inextricably linked to the health of the surrounding communities. With the foundation’s financial support and counsel, they formed a coalition of public, private and nonprofit partners that have invested in a sweeping range of projects to spur dramatic and transformational physical development on the formerly decaying edges of the Circle. A lively new residential, retail and visual arts district called Uptown that borders the Case and University Hospitals campuses is one of the exciting results. In addition to physical development, we knew we had to invest in human capital by creating jobs for local residents. So we launched a series of for-profit, employee-owned companies called the Evergreen Cooperatives. The newest of these companies is Green City Growers, one of the nation’s largest urban hydroponic greenhouses. Located on a roughly 10-acre site in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood, Green City Growers supplies fresh, locally grown produce that is marketed year-round within a 150-mile radius of Cleveland, accelerating our “buy local” movement. The “hire local” employees there will join other recruits from University Circle neighborhoods who work at two additional Evergreen co-ops: a commercial laundry and an energy services firm. These 100 or so individuals, some of whom were formerly incarcerated, went from being unemployed to becoming worker-owners! They have been given a chance to earn good wages and benefits, and they are proud and grateful to be productive. As model citizens, they are making a huge contribution to their neighborhoods and to society.

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  • Corporativa de Fundaciones

    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico – 1999

    We promote public awareness of various societal issues, strengthen grassroots organizations’ capabilities, provide leadership regarding local public policy, and foster federal, state and private co-funding programs.

    We promote public awareness of various societal issues, strengthen grassroots organizations’ capabilities, provide leadership regarding local public policy, and foster federal, state and private co-funding programs.

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  • Bacau Community Foundation

    Bacau, Romania – 2013

    In just one year we have managed to create a better connection between local organizations and NGOs and build the trust of local people in our work and philanthropy.

    In just one year we have managed to create a better connection between local organizations and NGOs and build the trust of local people in our work and philanthropy.

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  • Acorn Foundation

    Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand – 2003

    To encourage collaboration in the identification and achievement of strategic goals for our community, we invited local funders and government representatives to attend a facilitated workshop that focused on measuring community needs. The result was the establishment of a working group charged with initiating more in-depth research....

    To encourage collaboration in the identification and achievement of strategic goals for our community, we invited local funders and government representatives to attend a facilitated workshop that focused on measuring community needs. The result was the establishment of a working group charged with initiating more in-depth research. We hope this will lead to some common strategic goals being set and a more collaborative approach to funding for long-term community health.

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  • ACT for Alexandria

    Alexandria, Virginia, United States – 2004

    We have helped to bring together a large group of organizations and funders to look at the challenges of early care and education efforts in our community.

    We have helped to bring together a large group of organizations and funders to look at the challenges of early care and education efforts in our community.

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  • Alaska Community Foundation

    Anchorage, Alaska, United States – 1995

    Building local endowments through community based philanthropy in our 9 geographical Affiliate community funds.

    Building local endowments through community based philanthropy in our 9 geographical Affiliate community funds.

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  • Anaconda Community Foundation

    Anaconda, Montana, United States – 2007

    We have started several endowment funds that will continue to grow and serve the community. We have also provided technical support or financial support that is helping to build a community garden and walking/biking trails and which funds a weekend program to feed hungry schoolchildren.

    We have started several endowment funds that will continue to grow and serve the community. We have also provided technical support or financial support that is helping to build a community garden and walking/biking trails and which funds a weekend program to feed hungry schoolchildren.

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  • Arizona Community Foundation

    Phoenix, Arizona, United States – 1978

    In 2007, after years of rising real estate prices, the foundation recognized that housing options, both owned and leased, had become far too few for those with lower and moderate incomes, including teachers, firefighters and police officers. In partnership with the Phoenix office of the Local Initiatives...

    In 2007, after years of rising real estate prices, the foundation recognized that housing options, both owned and leased, had become far too few for those with lower and moderate incomes, including teachers, firefighters and police officers. In partnership with the Phoenix office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, we created the Affordable Housing Fund. Unlike traditional charitable funds, this fund provides zero-interest loans to nonprofit housing developers for the pre-development phase of affordable housing projects, for which financing is not typically available. Once the project receives long-term financing, loans are repaid to the fund-making those dollars available for new projects. Since its inception, donors-individual, bank and corporate-have contributed $1.2 million to the fund. Loans made since 2008 total $2.1 million for 30 separate housing projects. The loans have leveraged an estimated $169 million in lender financing, and have created 2,195 local jobs for construction and other workers. The housing fund served as a model for the development of our new Community Impact Loan Fund, which provides nonprofit loans at or below market rates for a variety of projects around the state that align with ACF’s priorities: education, health, environment, arts and community improvement.

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  • Asociacion Coordinadora Del Voluntariado Del Guayas

    Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador – 1973

    We are currently working on a project for young volunteers.

    We are currently working on a project for young volunteers.

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  • Aspen Community Foundation

    Aspen, Colorado, United States – 1980

    Launching a long-term effort with a collective impact strategy to ensure the success of our youth.

    Launching a long-term effort with a collective impact strategy to ensure the success of our youth.

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  • Australian Communities Foundation

    Collingwood, Victoria, Australia – 1997

    Originally based in Melbourne, we now provide accessible philanthropy across Australia. We help our donors to become better informed about local and Australia-wide issues for grantmaking.

    Originally based in Melbourne, we now provide accessible philanthropy across Australia. We help our donors to become better informed about local and Australia-wide issues for grantmaking.

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  • Baikal Community Foundation

    Ulan-Ude, Buryatia Republic, Russia – 2005

    We bring together the resources of government, business and nonprofit organizations; 30% of our raised funds are donations from local individuals. The foundation has launched various programs, including social project competitions, public service improvement contests, construction of sports and children playgrounds, a charity ball and charity auctions,...

    We bring together the resources of government, business and nonprofit organizations; 30% of our raised funds are donations from local individuals. The foundation has launched various programs, including social project competitions, public service improvement contests, construction of sports and children playgrounds, a charity ball and charity auctions, youth employment programs, and collection of Christmas gifts for children with special needs. Other nonprofit organizations and business organizations have begun to replicate these projects.

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  • Banff Community Foundation

    Banff, Alberta, Canada – 2002

    Creating the vocabulary and space in people’s consciousness that will encourage them to support and reinvest in local community; planned giving conversations; trust building and cultivation of a spirit based in cooperation, not competition

    Creating the vocabulary and space in people’s consciousness that will encourage them to support and reinvest in local community; planned giving conversations; trust building and cultivation of a spirit based in cooperation, not competition

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  • Baraga County Community Foundation

    L’Anse, Michigan, United States – 1994

    Our most meaningful change in the past three years has been the engagement of youth in active leadership programs that assess and address community needs, while training and equipping them with the tools, strengths, resources and navigation skills to effect targeted changes. Most significantly, youth have been...

    Our most meaningful change in the past three years has been the engagement of youth in active leadership programs that assess and address community needs, while training and equipping them with the tools, strengths, resources and navigation skills to effect targeted changes. Most significantly, youth have been educated on how to identify serious needs, such as societal lapses that engender bullying environments, how to research solutions to the problem and select appropriate community applications, how to access bureaucratic institutions and present responsive programs, and how to implement those programs effectively.

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  • Barberton Community Foundation

    Barberton, Ohio, United States – 1996

    We have only one school district in our small community, but the foundation has invested more than $50 million in funding education initiatives, ranging from investing in programs to building all-new schools. We grant four-year college scholarships to our top 100 students and brought Stark State College...

    We have only one school district in our small community, but the foundation has invested more than $50 million in funding education initiatives, ranging from investing in programs to building all-new schools. We grant four-year college scholarships to our top 100 students and brought Stark State College to our community by building and promoting enrollment. More than 500 students attend the college, now in its second semester. We have invested several million dollars in economic development projects, creating over 700 jobs.

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  • Bardejov Community Foundation

    Bardejov, Prešov, Slovakia – 2002

    Our foundation has set up regular meetings with other local NGOs and government officials. As a result, many more citizens have participated in local public life and more spaces have been reconstructed for public use.

    Our foundation has set up regular meetings with other local NGOs and government officials. As a result, many more citizens have participated in local public life and more spaces have been reconstructed for public use.

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  • Barrie Community Foundation

    Barrie, Ontario, Canada – 2005

    As a director (and treasurer) of the foundation, I was curious about how a grant from a library endowment fund was actually expended. I drove to the branch in the south end of our city and asked the local librarian whether she was aware of what had...

    As a director (and treasurer) of the foundation, I was curious about how a grant from a library endowment fund was actually expended. I drove to the branch in the south end of our city and asked the local librarian whether she was aware of what had been purchased with the grant money. She didn’t know but was able to contact the main branch to find out. When she got off the phone, her face was beaming. The money had been used to purchase a portable puppet theater, and it just so happened that she was the puppeteer. Hundreds of children in many different schools have enjoyed the traveling puppet show, which encourages them to read and to visit their local library. The betterment of the community is what we are all about, and I had just witnessed how one relatively small grant could have such a powerful outcome.

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  • Battlefords and District Community Foundation

    North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada – 2005

    We have established a number of post-secondary scholarships to help local students.

    We have established a number of post-secondary scholarships to help local students.

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  • Beautiful Plains Community Foundation

    Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada – 1994

    We have granted funds to maintain and improve area buildings and recreational facilities. We streamlined our grant application process and developed an unbiased and equitable scoring system for selecting grant recipients.

    We have granted funds to maintain and improve area buildings and recreational facilities. We streamlined our grant application process and developed an unbiased and equitable scoring system for selecting grant recipients.

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  • Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation

    Bedford, United Kingdom – 2001

    We have worked with local businesses to show them how their support for the community can be strategic and effective rather than piecemeal.

    We have worked with local businesses to show them how their support for the community can be strategic and effective rather than piecemeal.

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  • Bermuda Community Foundation

    Hamilton, Bermuda, Bermuda – 2013

    As the first entity of its kind in the region, the foundation’s concept and structure have been met with curiosity and optimism. Like the rest of the world, Bermuda has been experiencing tough economic times and an increasing need for the services that nonprofits deliver. We aspire...

    As the first entity of its kind in the region, the foundation’s concept and structure have been met with curiosity and optimism. Like the rest of the world, Bermuda has been experiencing tough economic times and an increasing need for the services that nonprofits deliver. We aspire to make giving easy, efficient and effective and to create a lasting solution to counter the ups and downs of the economy.

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  • Biłgoraj Community Foundation

    Biłgoraj, Lublin, Poland – 1999

    We collected $100,000 for the reconstruction of urban space. Our public square will serve the local community and NGO partnership for the promotion of projects.

    We collected $100,000 for the reconstruction of urban space. Our public square will serve the local community and NGO partnership for the promotion of projects.

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  • Bolu Community Foundation

    Bolu Merkez, Turkey – 2008

    We are the only community foundation in Turkey and one of the country’s few grantmakers. We have supported local civil society organizations in our city as they built capacity in a way that other organizations couldn’t by providing grants and networking support. In the rural areas, we...

    We are the only community foundation in Turkey and one of the country’s few grantmakers. We have supported local civil society organizations in our city as they built capacity in a way that other organizations couldn’t by providing grants and networking support. In the rural areas, we created awareness of organic agriculture, conscious use of fertilizers and soil analysis. Our work revivied the long-forgotten industry of apple production, benefiting both the farmers and the entire economic sector. Our work on preschool education led to the opening of the first preschool education research center inside Abant Izzet Baysal University.

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  • Boston Foundation

    Boston, Massachusetts, United States – 1915

    The foundation played a major role in pioneering education reform legislation that was signed by Governor Deval Patrick in early 2010, giving students across Massachusetts greatly expanded access to high-quality K-12 schools. We published several reports on public education that informed the legislation and created the Race...

    The foundation played a major role in pioneering education reform legislation that was signed by Governor Deval Patrick in early 2010, giving students across Massachusetts greatly expanded access to high-quality K-12 schools. We published several reports on public education that informed the legislation and created the Race to the Top Coalition, a consortium of business, civic and community leaders that played a central role in getting the legislation passed. As a result, Massachusetts attracted $250 million in Race to the Top federal funding, and 21 new charter schools have opened with seats for 8,000 more students.

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  • Bowen Island Community Foundation

    Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada – 2002

    We decided to use our very small discretionary grant program to help grant recipients achieve long-term financial sustainability. In 2011, the successful grant application was from two struggling organizations: a day program for parents and their young children, and a youth center. The grant supported the renovation...

    We decided to use our very small discretionary grant program to help grant recipients achieve long-term financial sustainability. In 2011, the successful grant application was from two struggling organizations: a day program for parents and their young children, and a youth center. The grant supported the renovation of the youth center space to accommodate both programs. During the day, creative use of space and furniture creates a comfortable area for parents to gather and learn from one another while their young children engage in learning and social activities. At night, the children’s furniture, toys and equipment are stored behind movable screens, to reveal a youth center activity den. The results? A better environment for both groups, rent reduced by more than half for both organizations, and synergies of board members for other projects. After two years, the solution continues to work well.

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  • Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation

    Brampton, Ontario, Canada – 2012

    The foundation has provided significant funding to programs that deal with domestic violence, women’s shelters, food banks and health care. The ability to help charitable service organizations that provide the essentials of life and freedom from violence has been most satisfying.

    The foundation has provided significant funding to programs that deal with domestic violence, women’s shelters, food banks and health care. The ability to help charitable service organizations that provide the essentials of life and freedom from violence has been most satisfying.

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  • Brockville and Area Community Foundation

    Brockville, Ontario, Canada – 1974

    Earls Court nonprofit housing complex is home to about 100 residents. Our foundation was a partner in raising funds to build a playground for the residents. The complex was transformed by this initiative. Residents were energized to clean up the whole area, trimming bushes and tidying away...

    Earls Court nonprofit housing complex is home to about 100 residents. Our foundation was a partner in raising funds to build a playground for the residents. The complex was transformed by this initiative. Residents were energized to clean up the whole area, trimming bushes and tidying away litter, thereby further contributing to the community’s well-being.

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  • Brokenhead River Community Foundation

    Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada – 1998

    Over the past three years we have increased the number of designated memorial funds which provide scholarships to students in specific fields of study.

    Over the past three years we have increased the number of designated memorial funds which provide scholarships to students in specific fields of study.

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  • Brownsville Community Foundation

    Brownsville, Texas, United States – 1997

    Involving a Private Foundation into our work. We developed a plan to create a Donor Advised Fund with ourselves (a Public Foundation) and a local Private Foundation. We put together a $100,000 fund to be used on a common initiative to encourage collaboration in addressing...

    Involving a Private Foundation into our work. We developed a plan to create a Donor Advised Fund with ourselves (a Public Foundation) and a local Private Foundation. We put together a $100,000 fund to be used on a common initiative to encourage collaboration in addressing our community's needs.

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  • Bucheon Hope Foundation

    Bucheon -si, Korea – 2011

    Improvement of fundraising activities to receive major gifts.

    Improvement of fundraising activities to receive major gifts.

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  • Bürgerstiftung Berlin

    Berlin, Germany – 1999

    Twenty-five years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin has developed into a vibrant European metropolis. With more than 350 volunteers and over 100 partners, our foundation reaches 3,600 children-from newborns to age 17-in 11 different educational projects. We implemented an annual “Art Dinner” fundraising event that...

    Twenty-five years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin has developed into a vibrant European metropolis. With more than 350 volunteers and over 100 partners, our foundation reaches 3,600 children-from newborns to age 17-in 11 different educational projects. We implemented an annual “Art Dinner” fundraising event that takes advantage of Berlin’s great museums. Held in sensational locations, this special evening has become a society event, helping us to draw attention to the concerns of our foundation and to raise important donations. Last year’s funds from the “Art Dinner” went to support “Bilingual Picture Book Cinema,” a project that promotes language skills in kindergarten and primary schools. To learn more about this project, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Q4Nb_K0_eD0.

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  • Bürgerstiftung Ludwigshafen

    Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany – 2004

    Through a variety of reading promotion projects, the educational level has risen in our city.

    Through a variety of reading promotion projects, the educational level has risen in our city.

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  • Bürgerstiftung Remscheid

    Remscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany – 2000

    Our foundation promotes cultural education in the schools and intergenerational learning. We helped parents and teachers realize that art and music help to strengthen pupils and make learning easier in classes with diverse students. We also established a fitness area in the municipal park that has become...

    Our foundation promotes cultural education in the schools and intergenerational learning. We helped parents and teachers realize that art and music help to strengthen pupils and make learning easier in classes with diverse students. We also established a fitness area in the municipal park that has become a meeting place for all generations. By bringing young and older people together, two-way giving of knowledge increases. As another example, we installed an Internet cafe for seniors where they receive free lessons in using the Internet and computers. In the afternoon it is also a place for pupils and youngsters. The youngsters often help the seniors when they have computer questions, and the seniors help the pupils when they have problems with their school homework. We are working to involve more businesses in giving money and time for our work, as we invest it all back into our city.

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  • Bürgerstiftung Rheda-Wiedenbrück

    Rheda-Wiedenbrück, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany – 2006

    From the very beginning, our strategy has been to work with partners in local networks. This has helped us to learn from experts in the field of young people, and has given us the opportunity to build up some highly visible projects rather swiftly. As trust in...

    From the very beginning, our strategy has been to work with partners in local networks. This has helped us to learn from experts in the field of young people, and has given us the opportunity to build up some highly visible projects rather swiftly. As trust in the foundation grew, more and more funds came in. We also scanned the field in Germany and abroad for good philanthropic ideas to adapt and implement in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck. This proved to be a very successful way to build capacity, the organization and our funds.

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  • Caledonia Community Foundation

    Caledonia, Ontario, Canada – 2009

    The foundation has given members of the community an opportunity to leave a legacy and has helped our partner organizations to grow their projects.

    The foundation has given members of the community an opportunity to leave a legacy and has helped our partner organizations to grow their projects.

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  • Calgary Foundation

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada – 1955

    Public confidence in the Foundation's work has been due, in large, part to the growing profile of the Foundation. Significant donations, such as the $117 million unrestricted gift from the Daryl K. Seaman estate which significantly increased the Foundation's asset base, the Foundation's role in supporting long-term...

    Public confidence in the Foundation's work has been due, in large, part to the growing profile of the Foundation. Significant donations, such as the $117 million unrestricted gift from the Daryl K. Seaman estate which significantly increased the Foundation's asset base, the Foundation's role in supporting long-term community revitalization through the 2013 Flood Rebuilding Fund, and the broader impact of initiatives such as the Calgary's Vital Signs report have all encouraged community activation and allowed the Foundation to continue providing "360 degree" support to the Calgary and area charitable sector.

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  • Capital Region Community Foundation

    Lansing, Michigan, United States – 1987

    Mid-Michigan had two separate food banks serving overlapping populations. One served a three-county area, the other a seven-county area-a situation that created confusion among donors. To streamline the local food bank landscape, we brought both organizations to the table and helped them form one organization that is...

    Mid-Michigan had two separate food banks serving overlapping populations. One served a three-county area, the other a seven-county area-a situation that created confusion among donors. To streamline the local food bank landscape, we brought both organizations to the table and helped them form one organization that is more efficient and better able to serve the community.

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  • Cass County Community Foundation

    Logansport, Indiana, United States – 1993

    We are known as a neutral convener and have a proven track record of engaging both the urban and rural areas of our county.

    We are known as a neutral convener and have a proven track record of engaging both the urban and rural areas of our county.

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  • Central Florida Foundation

    Orlando, Florida, United States – 1993

    We have worked to increase transparency and knowledge sharing of information on nonprofits in Central Florida to help make them more investable.

    We have worked to increase transparency and knowledge sharing of information on nonprofits in Central Florida to help make them more investable.

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  • Central Indiana Community Foundation

    Indianapolis, Indiana, United States – 1997

    The Indianapolis Cultural Trail was officially completed in the fall of 2013. In many ways, the trail is emblematic of our foundation’s larger philosophy and mission of sharing private and public resources to create an inclusive city- and community-wide culture and society in order to make central...

    The Indianapolis Cultural Trail was officially completed in the fall of 2013. In many ways, the trail is emblematic of our foundation’s larger philosophy and mission of sharing private and public resources to create an inclusive city- and community-wide culture and society in order to make central Indiana a better place to live.

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  • Central Kentucky Community Foundation

    Elizabethtown, Kentucky, United States – 1960

    We partnered with multiple community organizations and agencies to start an early childhood education program free to all families with children ranging from newborns to age 5. Get Ready! has helped educate children, involve parents in their child’s education, and increase community awareness about the importance of...

    We partnered with multiple community organizations and agencies to start an early childhood education program free to all families with children ranging from newborns to age 5. Get Ready! has helped educate children, involve parents in their child’s education, and increase community awareness about the importance of early childhood education.

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  • Central Okanagan Foundation

    Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada – 1977

    In 2012, the foundation assumed the important position as the local Community Entity that supports the Community Advisory Board on Homelessness and is responsible for managing the Homelessness Partnering Strategy funds under the Government of Canada.

    In 2012, the foundation assumed the important position as the local Community Entity that supports the Community Advisory Board on Homelessness and is responsible for managing the Homelessness Partnering Strategy funds under the Government of Canada.

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  • Cheshire Community Foundation

    Northwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom – 2011

    In 2011 Cheshire was the only county in the UK without a community foundation and encountered perceptions regarding the wealth of its residents that masked the reality of social poverty for many in the county. We managed to secure enough funds to set up the foundation and...

    In 2011 Cheshire was the only county in the UK without a community foundation and encountered perceptions regarding the wealth of its residents that masked the reality of social poverty for many in the county. We managed to secure enough funds to set up the foundation and ensure its running costs were covered for three years, and have now raised over £3m for our endowment. We began grant-making towards the end of 2012, and have now distributed more than £1.3m to local communities. We secured over £1.3m in donations in 2013 and have income of over £2m so far in 2014. We are currently managing a number of funds for individuals and companies. We have ambitious plans to secure long-term financial sustainability for local voluntary organizations and their beneficiaries.

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  • Chester County Community Foundation

    West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States – 1994

    We have greatly diversified the base of people who are involved in ongoing legacy philanthropy, bringing more faces and voices in the community to the table.

    We have greatly diversified the base of people who are involved in ongoing legacy philanthropy, bringing more faces and voices in the community to the table.

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  • Ciudad Viva

    Recoleta, Santiago, Chile – 2000

    We have influenced urban planning by catalyzing powerful relationships across diverse niches in the public policy sphere. Today, many of Santiago’s different local governments are led by politicians who have formally cooperated on our Citizens Agenda for Inclusive, Green, Socially Just Cities, and a former foundation president...

    We have influenced urban planning by catalyzing powerful relationships across diverse niches in the public policy sphere. Today, many of Santiago’s different local governments are led by politicians who have formally cooperated on our Citizens Agenda for Inclusive, Green, Socially Just Cities, and a former foundation president is mayor of one of the most emblematic local governments, Providencia. Another former president now works on community-based research projects in one of our most prestigious transport engineering departments, and other leaders are active in both university and community spheres. We are generating new knowledge and change in city planning and city systems.

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  • Clayoquot Biosphere Trust

    Tofino, British Columbia, Canada – 2000

    Joining the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and producing a “Vital Signs” indicator report has really helped position us in our community. The CFC has provided us with many tools and resources to strengthen our programs as we look to develop more endowments.

    Joining the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and producing a “Vital Signs” indicator report has really helped position us in our community. The CFC has provided us with many tools and resources to strengthen our programs as we look to develop more endowments.

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  • Coldwell Community Foundation

    Lundar, Manitoba, Canada – 2004

    The most meaningful change we have helped to bring about in our community is an increased awareness of the value of philanthropic giving and the establishment of a permanent endowment fund. Over the past three years the fund has grown from zero to nearly $70,000. As it...

    The most meaningful change we have helped to bring about in our community is an increased awareness of the value of philanthropic giving and the establishment of a permanent endowment fund. Over the past three years the fund has grown from zero to nearly $70,000. As it continues to grow, it will supply our community with annual grants that will help strengthen and sustain it forever. Early in the new year we will be in a position to start granting back to the community for the very first time. This is a very exciting and meaningful milestone for our foundation.

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  • Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation

    St. Simons Island, Georgia, United States – 2005

    We undertook a community-wide initiative around early childhood literacy, helping to ensure that our children are ready to read and ready to succeed when they reach kindergarten. We have created community reading centers, employed the resources of the local college, funded the library, created a cadre of...

    We undertook a community-wide initiative around early childhood literacy, helping to ensure that our children are ready to read and ready to succeed when they reach kindergarten. We have created community reading centers, employed the resources of the local college, funded the library, created a cadre of trained volunteer readers, and established a permanent endowment for early literacy.

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  • Community Development Centre

    Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh, India – 2003

    We have significantly increased the skill of our staff and our reach to remote areas.

    We have significantly increased the skill of our staff and our reach to remote areas.

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  • Community Foundation for Alleghenies

    Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States – 1990

    We have established a local community group to develop and open a LEED-level nonprofit co-op/laundry mat in an underserved neighborhood that will be supplied in part through a network of community gardens we helped to establish as a community-wide initiative. It is intended to serve a a...

    We have established a local community group to develop and open a LEED-level nonprofit co-op/laundry mat in an underserved neighborhood that will be supplied in part through a network of community gardens we helped to establish as a community-wide initiative. It is intended to serve a a center of community engagement through selected programming and other activities.

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  • Community Foundation for Calderdale

    Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom – 1991

    The foundation remains a constant amongst change and economic turmoil. We continue to distribute grants to those most in need.

    The foundation remains a constant amongst change and economic turmoil. We continue to distribute grants to those most in need.

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  • Community Foundation for Crawford County

    Bucyrus, Ohio, United States – 1984

    We have been one of the backbone organizations of a county-wide movement to improve quality of life, workforce development, educational attainment of our students and drug and safety issues. This grassroots effort has resulted in a plan for the county which we are working hard to push forward.

    We have been one of the backbone organizations of a county-wide movement to improve quality of life, workforce development, educational attainment of our students and drug and safety issues. This grassroots effort has resulted in a plan for the county which we are working hard to push forward.

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  • Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

    Atlanta, Georgia, United States – 1951

    We have changed all our competitive grantmaking programs to provide general operating support. This includes grants, access to consultants, training scholarships for board and staff, a program for organizational structuring and a nonprofit bridge loan fund.

    We have changed all our competitive grantmaking programs to provide general operating support. This includes grants, access to consultants, training scholarships for board and staff, a program for organizational structuring and a nonprofit bridge loan fund.

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  • Community Foundation for Ireland

    Dublin, Ireland – 2001

    We are a consistent supporter of several key issues: reporting racist incidents, supporting marriage equality, and implementing a powerful diversity program in schools.

    We are a consistent supporter of several key issues: reporting racist incidents, supporting marriage equality, and implementing a powerful diversity program in schools.

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  • Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

    Jacksonville, Florida, United States – 1964

    We have been intensely focused on local public education reform-a 10-year, $2 million direct investment in a program called Quality Education for All. It has resulted in more collaboration between major funders, allowing us to incubate and launch a public education nonprofit to carry on the work....

    We have been intensely focused on local public education reform-a 10-year, $2 million direct investment in a program called Quality Education for All. It has resulted in more collaboration between major funders, allowing us to incubate and launch a public education nonprofit to carry on the work. We have leveraged more than $100 million of private money to support public education, specifically addressing the achievement gap. We piloted successful programs to increase the graduation rate, serve over-age students and provide multiple pathways to graduation that have now been institutionalized by the local school district. The local high school graduation rate has increased 18% in the past six years. This year we launched a $50 million Quality Education for All fund to support great teachers and leaders in the district.

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  • Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia

    Duluth, Georgia, United States – 1985

    We have worked hard to engage our board of directors, a valuable asset.

    We have worked hard to engage our board of directors, a valuable asset.

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  • Community Foundation for Saint Vincent and Grenadines

    Hebron, Connecticut, United States – 2009

    In 2010, the foundation started Action Bequia, a community development agency that has made significant improvements to the local Bequia community over the past three years through programs ranging from infrastructure improvement to educational programs for youth and the building of the Southside Community Center. We meet...

    In 2010, the foundation started Action Bequia, a community development agency that has made significant improvements to the local Bequia community over the past three years through programs ranging from infrastructure improvement to educational programs for youth and the building of the Southside Community Center. We meet and communicate regularly with other funders and embark on joint funding and programming initiatives. We also collaborate with a large cocoa-growing project on SVG and on other economic development activities. We have supported the Saint Vincent National Trust in its efforts to preserve history and archaeology, fielding a team of engineers who visited from the University of Hartford in 2011. Last year we were sponsors and initiators for the Phenomenal Women’s Conference, which raised the visibility of women and their issues on SVG. One of the major roles of CFSVG is to act as a convener of other funders who are active in SVG this includes the Mary Tidlund Foundation, The Grenadines Partnership Fund, the UK Trust, the Mustique Charitable Trust, the Kerosene Lamp Foundation and the Pan American Development Foundation. Additionallly one of the major focus areas of CFSVG and Action Bequia currently is to implement a recycling program on the island of Bequia with a major grant for the UNDP.

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  • Community Foundation for South Central New York

    Johnson City, New York, United States – 1997

    We’ve worked on collaboration between local foundations in capacity building for nonprofits, disaster relief giving and the inauguration of a Uniform Grant Application.

    We’ve worked on collaboration between local foundations in capacity building for nonprofits, disaster relief giving and the inauguration of a Uniform Grant Application.

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  • Community Foundation for South Sinai

    St Katherine, South Sinai, Egypt – 2006

    In the window of opportunity following the Revolution of 2011, we ran a series of meetings in 75 communities across the region. Led by trained Bedouin facilitators, the meetings were promoted well in advance and run separately for men and women, ensuring that everyone’s voice was heard....

    In the window of opportunity following the Revolution of 2011, we ran a series of meetings in 75 communities across the region. Led by trained Bedouin facilitators, the meetings were promoted well in advance and run separately for men and women, ensuring that everyone’s voice was heard. For the first time people talked collectively about the hopes and needs of their communities in the “new Egypt.” Altogether, 3,350 people attended-about 8% of the entire population-and with our support some 4,000 Bedouin registered as citizens during that period, entitling them to vote. There was an unprecedented turnout at the 2012 parliamentary elections, and a record 8 out of 12 MPs returned for the region were Bedouin. Twelve young Bedu stood as candidates, including three young women-unheard of in this very conservative society. We also ran 20 signed meetings for deaf Bedu, the first of their kind, attended by 400 people. Since then, many people, including women, have asserted their right to government jobs, and the 91% South Sinai turnout in the 2014 constitutional referendum suggests that the engagement of Bedu as active citizens, previously minimal, has really taken root.

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  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

    Detroit, Michigan, United States – 1984

    The New Economy Initiative (NEI) is a $100 million fund with the goal of diversifying and strengthening the economy of southeast Michigan. NEI was spearheaded by our leadership and funded by ten national and local foundations. To date, more than $75.5 million has been granted, the majority...

    The New Economy Initiative (NEI) is a $100 million fund with the goal of diversifying and strengthening the economy of southeast Michigan. NEI was spearheaded by our leadership and funded by ten national and local foundations. To date, more than $75.5 million has been granted, the majority of the dollars going to support the creation and growth of new businesses. More than 32,000 people have received entrepreneurial training and support, and 673 new businesses have been created, providing 8,000 jobs. The businesses have attracted an estimated additional $500 million into the region, and these numbers are growing. NEI has helped to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in southeast Michigan, along with a robust system of support for new and growing businesses. This has helped attract outside investors and inspired people in our region to think creatively about 21st-century jobs and opportunities.

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  • Community Foundation for Twin Tiers

    Sayre, Pennsylvania, United States – 2002

    We have brought awareness to how giving can be more than a one-time act.

    We have brought awareness to how giving can be more than a one-time act.

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  • Community Foundation for Western Region of Zimbabwe

    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – 1998

    The foundation has helped communities to better take care of orphans and vulnerable children through the extended family care system. We have also worked to reduce issues related to the stigma of and discrimination against people living with HIV. The poorest of the poor have been made...

    The foundation has helped communities to better take care of orphans and vulnerable children through the extended family care system. We have also worked to reduce issues related to the stigma of and discrimination against people living with HIV. The poorest of the poor have been made to unleash their potential and have greatly improved the quality of their lives through inculcating a culture of saving and establishment of small income-generating activities. The socioeconomic status of women has been improved through the establishment of income-generating activities like baking and raising poultry. This has increased the economic base of women, as they now own assets, as well as their leadership qualities, as they now occupy positions of power in the communities.

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  • Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County

    Bloomington, Indiana, United States – 1990

    Collaborating with local schools to add 6 new classrooms for underserved children to attend tuition free, full day preschool. Working with local childcare providers to improve quality and to focus on prepaing children for success in school.

    Collaborating with local schools to add 6 new classrooms for underserved children to attend tuition free, full day preschool. Working with local childcare providers to improve quality and to focus on prepaing children for success in school.

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  • Community Foundation of Broward

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States – 1984

    Three years ago we completed a community-wide needs assessment through extensive research, interviews, information sessions and community conversations. A common issue of concern was education. At that time 25 U.S. school districts produced one-fifth of all U.S. dropouts. Broward was one of them. The foundation responded by...

    Three years ago we completed a community-wide needs assessment through extensive research, interviews, information sessions and community conversations. A common issue of concern was education. At that time 25 U.S. school districts produced one-fifth of all U.S. dropouts. Broward was one of them. The foundation responded by giving voice to different sectors and building consensus. From that work, the School is Cool initiative was born with a target to increase high school graduation rates to 90% by focusing on middle school success. Poor attendance, behavior issues and low performance in reading and math in the middle school grades clearly predicts high school dropouts. Principals and nonprofit leaders have co-created new programs in nine public middle schools that feed into the lowest-performing high schools. The programs range from literacy learning labs and suspension prevention programs, to extended school day tutoring for failing students. The approach is also building community-wide engagement. This year, both the Children’s Services Council and Broward County Public Schools have incorporated School is Cool into their strategic plans, and the Broward Workshop has adopted it as its number one priority.

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  • Community Foundation of Central Missouri

    Columbia, Missouri, United States – 2010

    We are a relatively new community foundation working hard to improve lives. We are strengthening nonprofits, developing better community leadership, preparing the way for better planned giving, getting the word out about the excellent services we offer, and maintaining a good relationship with local government. Our foundation...

    We are a relatively new community foundation working hard to improve lives. We are strengthening nonprofits, developing better community leadership, preparing the way for better planned giving, getting the word out about the excellent services we offer, and maintaining a good relationship with local government. Our foundation has one central city/hub, but we envision ourselves serving 10 counties in the center of our state, and more than one community in each county. We are presently a broker of services, with the nuts and bolts of investment, accounting, IT provisions and check-writing made available to us through a contractual relationship with a veteran community foundation in another part of the state. In a phrase, the most meaningful change to our work is “spreading the good word of the community foundation’s broad and flexible charitable services.”

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  • Community Foundation of Chattahoochee Valley

    Columbus, Georgia, United States – 1998

    We have helped local people-regular people -- not necessarily millionaires -- develop charitable grantmaking funds that will help them build and leave legacies of generosity for their families to participate in for generations to come.

    We have helped local people-regular people -- not necessarily millionaires -- develop charitable grantmaking funds that will help them build and leave legacies of generosity for their families to participate in for generations to come.

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  • Community Foundation of East Central Florida

    DeLand, Florida, United States – 2000

    In summer 2012 we brought together some of the key organizations that provide food for the needy and serve the homeless at a Food Summit attended by more than 100 people interested in the topic of hunger in our community. From this effort we planned and held...

    In summer 2012 we brought together some of the key organizations that provide food for the needy and serve the homeless at a Food Summit attended by more than 100 people interested in the topic of hunger in our community. From this effort we planned and held a week of Giving for Hunger that fall, raising $10,000 and collecting over 4,000 pounds of food. We made $6,600 in grants to food pantries, and set $2,500 into an endowment fund called “Feed Our Neighbors.” After that success we planned how to increase the availability of fresh produce in our food pantries in Volusia County. Working with Second Harvest the group has piloted an effort in the southwest area of our county to have fresh produce delivered twice a month. One church volunteered to be the drop point and more than a dozen other food pantries volunteer to work on the delivery date and accept the produce to use for their clients. We are using this model to open four other areas of the county to fresh produce.

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  • Community Foundation of Fayette County

    Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States – 1999

    Through some new partnerships and recent endowment growth, we have provided a significant amount in scholarships to local students and in support to regional nonprofits.

    Through some new partnerships and recent endowment growth, we have provided a significant amount in scholarships to local students and in support to regional nonprofits.

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  • Community Foundation of Florida Keys

    Key West, Florida, United States – 1996

    More than $14 million has been granted during the last 14 years; more than 25% of the local charitable nonprofit organizations are using best practices in their organizations, having participated in our Leadership Success Academy board training; civic engagement and volunteerism have improved, with over 1,000 volunteers...

    More than $14 million has been granted during the last 14 years; more than 25% of the local charitable nonprofit organizations are using best practices in their organizations, having participated in our Leadership Success Academy board training; civic engagement and volunteerism have improved, with over 1,000 volunteers recognized through the Unsung Heroes Volunteers of the Year program; and the capacity of nonprofit organizations has improved through endowments.

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  • Community Foundation of Greater Flint

    Flint, Michigan, United States – 1988

    We help to fund a new initiative that brings organizations together to explore more collaborative ways to effect positive change and to strengthen the community’s competitive advantage. It also helps local nonprofits and government entities apply for competitive federal funding. This initiative is helping to transform our...

    We help to fund a new initiative that brings organizations together to explore more collaborative ways to effect positive change and to strengthen the community’s competitive advantage. It also helps local nonprofits and government entities apply for competitive federal funding. This initiative is helping to transform our community culture from one that used to cherish “the lines that divide” to one that understands the value of working together across sectors and disciplines.

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  • Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

    Memphis, Tennessee, United States – 1969

    Cultivating a new, younger set of philanthropists through our dollar-a-day giving circle, GiVE 365

    Cultivating a new, younger set of philanthropists through our dollar-a-day giving circle, GiVE 365

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  • Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

    New Britain, Connecticut, United States – 1941

    Locally, we have developed meaningful partnerships with three of our local School Districts on the enhancement of early childhood development programming in those communities; we have also worked with other foundations on a successful statewide initiative to create a new State Office of Early Childhood.

    Locally, we have developed meaningful partnerships with three of our local School Districts on the enhancement of early childhood development programming in those communities; we have also worked with other foundations on a successful statewide initiative to create a new State Office of Early Childhood.

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  • Community Foundation of Greene County

    Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, United States – 2000

    We convened a group of interested individuals, organizations and businesses to address issues of food insecurity in our county. The Greene County Food Security Partnership-consisting of two to three dozen active participants representing public schools, food service programs, health/human service nonprofits, food banks, businesses and individuals-has helped...

    We convened a group of interested individuals, organizations and businesses to address issues of food insecurity in our county. The Greene County Food Security Partnership-consisting of two to three dozen active participants representing public schools, food service programs, health/human service nonprofits, food banks, businesses and individuals-has helped to increase the number of children receiving supplemental food assistance through Summer Food Programs (from none in 2009 to more than 1,000 in 2013); established Weekend Food Programs for hungry schoolchildren in four of five school districts, providing packs of food for 120 children each weekend during the school year; increased awareness of public and private food resources though volunteer outreach; and is developing a pilot initiative for food box delivery for home-bound senior citizens. The foundation acts as a fiscal sponsor to receive contributions to support these initiatives.

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  • Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County

    Huntsville, Alabama, United States – 2009

    We have raised awareness of dozens of local nonprofit organizations in our community and thereby increased charitable giving to these agencies. We have provided tax-efficient mechanisms to over 100 local families, resulting in millions of dollars donated to local nonprofit organizations. We have partnered with several local...

    We have raised awareness of dozens of local nonprofit organizations in our community and thereby increased charitable giving to these agencies. We have provided tax-efficient mechanisms to over 100 local families, resulting in millions of dollars donated to local nonprofit organizations. We have partnered with several local businesses to help create a culture of giving and enabled workplace-giving funds to support the community.

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  • Community Foundation of Lorain County

    Elyria, Ohio, United States – 1980

    We've been involved with a 10 year formal collaboration of foundations to improve regional economic competitiveness and to bridge economic growth with economic opportunity.

    We've been involved with a 10 year formal collaboration of foundations to improve regional economic competitiveness and to bridge economic growth with economic opportunity.

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  • Community Foundation of Mississauga

    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada – 2001

    Our grantmaking has increased in the past three years after the global equity markets suffered a significant downturn. This has provided home-grown granting to local organizations that can’t or don’t have the capacity to seek larger national grants. It’s a “made in the community, for the community” opportunity.

    Our grantmaking has increased in the past three years after the global equity markets suffered a significant downturn. This has provided home-grown granting to local organizations that can’t or don’t have the capacity to seek larger national grants. It’s a “made in the community, for the community” opportunity.

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  • Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County

    Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States – 1944

    The foundation has been a leader in securing green space for recreation in the face of approaching urban sprawl. By partnering with other foundations, park districts and municipalities, we have secured a significant amount of open space to assure that recreational opportunities will be available to future generations.

    The foundation has been a leader in securing green space for recreation in the face of approaching urban sprawl. By partnering with other foundations, park districts and municipalities, we have secured a significant amount of open space to assure that recreational opportunities will be available to future generations.

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  • Community Foundation of New River Valley

    Christiansburg, Virginia, United States – 1994

    We helped to bring the valley together to discuss our current state of affairs and assess our future needs. We have finished gathering all input and are currently in the strategies and policies stage.

    We helped to bring the valley together to discuss our current state of affairs and assess our future needs. We have finished gathering all input and are currently in the strategies and policies stage.

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  • Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

    St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – 2002

    We are proud of having disbursed almost $350,000 in grants to date in 47 communities across the province. Last year, we acted as trustee of funds for the Atlantic Maple Leaf Newfoundland and Labrador 2013 Tribute Dinner, which raised over $800,000 to be disbursed to organizations that...

    We are proud of having disbursed almost $350,000 in grants to date in 47 communities across the province. Last year, we acted as trustee of funds for the Atlantic Maple Leaf Newfoundland and Labrador 2013 Tribute Dinner, which raised over $800,000 to be disbursed to organizations that support our province's military personnel and their families. In 2014, we produced Newfoundland and Labrador's first Vital Signs report in partnership with Memorial University's Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. The report, which was published on October 7 in every newspaper in the province, takes the pulse of our province and its regions in 13 different quality of life areas, including safety, health, education, and arts and culture. Vital Signs provides our communities with information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action and will be produced annually.

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  • Community Foundation of North Central Florida

    Gainesville, Florida, United States – 1998

    Gift of a permanent home large enough to offer space to local nonprofits for convening and working Increased Impact Investing Provided funding to launch IDA programs with three local agencies

    Gift of a permanent home large enough to offer space to local nonprofits for convening and working Increased Impact Investing Provided funding to launch IDA programs with three local agencies

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  • Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

    Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States – 2005

    We have provided grants to nonprofits and challenges to food pantries.

    We have provided grants to nonprofits and challenges to food pantries.

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  • Community Foundation of North Florida

    Tallahassee, Florida, United States – 1997

    The foundation created an online database of local nonprofits using DonorEdge. The site allows people in our community to learn about their favorite charities, discover new charities and give. It helps donors be more informed and confident with their giving, raises awareness in the community about local...

    The foundation created an online database of local nonprofits using DonorEdge. The site allows people in our community to learn about their favorite charities, discover new charities and give. It helps donors be more informed and confident with their giving, raises awareness in the community about local charities and the work they are doing, helps nonprofits learn best practices and be more accountable and transparent, and allows us to produce reports for our community about the local nonprofit sector.

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  • Community Foundation of North Louisiana

    Shreveport, Louisiana, United States – 1961

    Our region is program rich, but system poor. The foundation serves as the backbone organization of Step Forward, an initiative that exists to create a civic infrastructure to align and support the myriad efforts that drive excellence in education locally. Currently, the Shreveport-Bossier Metropolitan Statistical Area (Bossier,...

    Our region is program rich, but system poor. The foundation serves as the backbone organization of Step Forward, an initiative that exists to create a civic infrastructure to align and support the myriad efforts that drive excellence in education locally. Currently, the Shreveport-Bossier Metropolitan Statistical Area (Bossier, Caddo and DeSoto Parishes) is facing a severe educational crisis. In our area, 18.5% of the population has less than a high school diploma or equivalency. Only 23.5% of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. Step Forward is a catalyst for working together across sectors and geographical lines to prepare our children for academic achievement, productive citizenship and global competitiveness, from cradle to career.

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  • Community Foundation of Northeast India

    Imphal, Manipur, India

    We organized about 200 village leaders.

    We organized about 200 village leaders.

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  • Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

    Fort Collins, Colorado, United States – 1975

    During the past two years our community has faced horrendous wildfires and massive flooding. The foundation has coordinated gifts from the community and grants to organizations helping those most affected by the natural disasters.

    During the past two years our community has faced horrendous wildfires and massive flooding. The foundation has coordinated gifts from the community and grants to organizations helping those most affected by the natural disasters.

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  • Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri

    St. Joseph, Missouri, United States – 2009

    We headed a transfer of wealth study and formed a statewide community foundation alliance.

    We headed a transfer of wealth study and formed a statewide community foundation alliance.

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  • Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta

    Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada – 1996

    We took a leadership role in providing the community check-up report, “Vital Signs.” This is used at all levels of the community to understand the strengths and weaknesses of our region.

    We took a leadership role in providing the community check-up report, “Vital Signs.” This is used at all levels of the community to understand the strengths and weaknesses of our region.

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  • Community Foundation of Ottawa

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – 1987

    We adopted a Responsible Investment Policy and signed on with the UN’s Principles of Responsible Investing. As far as we know, we are the only community foundation in the world to have done this. We then set aside a portion of our endowment for Impact Investing, thus...

    We adopted a Responsible Investment Policy and signed on with the UN’s Principles of Responsible Investing. As far as we know, we are the only community foundation in the world to have done this. We then set aside a portion of our endowment for Impact Investing, thus making a large amount of money available for community organizations that can use alternative financing to further their missions. We also helped the community understand its weaknesses and strengths by publishing a series of reports called “Ottawa’s Vital Signs.”

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  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County

    Sarasota, Florida, United States – 1979

    Lead initiative to move vulnerable children and their families to educational and economic success with a focus on literacy and assistance for families on the verge of homelessness to remain in their homes.

    Lead initiative to move vulnerable children and their families to educational and economic success with a focus on literacy and assistance for families on the verge of homelessness to remain in their homes.

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  • Community Foundation of Singapore

    Singapore, Singapore, Singapore – 2008

    The Community Foundation of Singapore is proud to have initiated or funded a number of successful initiatives that might otherwise not have occurred if not for our unique ability to convene charity partners and donors. For example, we started a Community Impact Fund called Safe Home Scheme....

    The Community Foundation of Singapore is proud to have initiated or funded a number of successful initiatives that might otherwise not have occurred if not for our unique ability to convene charity partners and donors. For example, we started a Community Impact Fund called Safe Home Scheme. This aims to provide a safe environment for seniors, people with disabilities or people recovering from stroke by funding the cost of occupational therapists, contractors and the implementation of home modifications. CFS collaborated with a charity with relevant expertise, and appealed to various donors to fund this initiative. In view of this need, the government has since established a grant that can be used for specific types of home modifications. Safe Home Scheme, however, continues to be relevant as it is a comprehensive service that benefits people whose needs extend beyond what is provided by the government.

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  • Community Foundation of South Okanagan Similkameen

    Penticton, British Columbia, Canada – 1991

    One of the most exciting things happening in our area right now is the development of Smart & Caring Community committees in each of the towns we serve. We’ve struggled for years to engage with, and grant to, the communities outside of Penticton, but we are now...

    One of the most exciting things happening in our area right now is the development of Smart & Caring Community committees in each of the towns we serve. We’ve struggled for years to engage with, and grant to, the communities outside of Penticton, but we are now developing connections that will lead to incredible opportunities and support down the road.

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  • Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta

    Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada – 1992

    For the past seven years we have produced an annual report called “Medicine Hat’s Vital Signs.” This statistically accurate quality-of-life indicator report is filled with information and facts about our local community, beautifully presented and easy to read. It covers 12 different categories, including health, housing, economic...

    For the past seven years we have produced an annual report called “Medicine Hat’s Vital Signs.” This statistically accurate quality-of-life indicator report is filled with information and facts about our local community, beautifully presented and easy to read. It covers 12 different categories, including health, housing, economic development and the gap between rich and poor. However, the challenge has always been to answer the “so what?” question. What can the foundation do, what can other authorities or organizations do, indeed what can individuals do? Over the past three years we have approached this question in two ways: through grantmaking and community leadership. First we created a new, proactive grant program called Vital Impact. Rather than using an application-based process, the board seeks out local charitable programs that directly address issues highlighted in “Vital Signs.” Then we provide leadership in four major areas where the “Vital Signs” report has identified gaps, building collaboration and partnerships with a wide range of other community groups and local authorities. Not only does this work address important community issues, it has raised the profile of the foundation and changed the way in which it is perceived. The follow-on impact is increased interest in our overall mission and in our focus on creating and building permanent community endowments.

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  • Community Foundation of Teton Valley

    Driggs, Idaho, United States – 2007

    Our signature philanthropic event, the Tin Cup Challenge, has raised nearly $6 million for nonprofit organizations in Teton Valley over the past six years. The Tin Cup Challenge matches a nonprofit’s designated gifts, making their fundraising efforts go further at no expense to them. The event simplifies...

    Our signature philanthropic event, the Tin Cup Challenge, has raised nearly $6 million for nonprofit organizations in Teton Valley over the past six years. The Tin Cup Challenge matches a nonprofit’s designated gifts, making their fundraising efforts go further at no expense to them. The event simplifies and streamlines giving for donors, and brings our community together to celebrate philanthropy with a competitive run, fun run, nonprofit booths, and a day of fun in the park. In addition, the foundation is filling gaps in health and human services by providing an online resource directory (www.tetonvalleyresourcedirectory.com) and convening providers and community leaders to work together to improve communication and services for our valley’s residents.

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  • Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore

    Salisbury, Maryland, United States – 1984

    The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. is a public foundation serving the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, specifically Somerset County, Wicomico County, and Worcester County. Established in 1984, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. is a local philanthropic expert committed to connecting...

    The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. is a public foundation serving the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, specifically Somerset County, Wicomico County, and Worcester County. Established in 1984, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. is a local philanthropic expert committed to connecting donors with community needs. Gifts to the Community Foundation create permanent endowment funds that steadily grow in value over time and produce income for grants to local charitable nonprofit organizations.

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  • Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area

    Holland, Michigan, United States – 1951

    We have offered board certification training to assist area volunteers in being better nonprofit board leaders; we've convened community leaders around the area of education creating a continuum from "cradle to career" with focus on being ready for school to preparing for college and/or technical training beyond...

    We have offered board certification training to assist area volunteers in being better nonprofit board leaders; we've convened community leaders around the area of education creating a continuum from "cradle to career" with focus on being ready for school to preparing for college and/or technical training beyond high school; we've collaborated on environmental initiative called Project Clarity to improve the local tributaries and lake feeding into Lake Michigan.

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  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks

    Springfield, Missouri, United States – 1973

    We focus on children’s issues in our community.

    We focus on children’s issues in our community.

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  • Community Foundation of Utah

    Salt Lake City, Utah, United States – 2008

    Utah’s first statewide community foundation grew from an idea to over $20 million in assets. Most importantly, we helped donors pump $5 million into our state’s nonprofit economy.

    Utah’s first statewide community foundation grew from an idea to over $20 million in assets. Most importantly, we helped donors pump $5 million into our state’s nonprofit economy.

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  • Community Foundation of Verdugos

    Glendale, California, United States – 1956

    The foundation established a fund for the creation and maintenance of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial, the first memorial of its kind, in remembrance of the victims of the Armenian Genocide that took place in the early 20th century.

    The foundation established a fund for the creation and maintenance of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial, the first memorial of its kind, in remembrance of the victims of the Armenian Genocide that took place in the early 20th century.

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  • Community Foundation of Wabash County

    North Manchester, Indiana, United States – 1954

    Instead of giving to a broad spectrum of nonprofits and programs in the community, we are giving preference to providing resources for people with the greatest need and least opportunity. Half of our unrestricted grantmaking responds to the needs of nonprofits; half is for strategic initiatives aimed...

    Instead of giving to a broad spectrum of nonprofits and programs in the community, we are giving preference to providing resources for people with the greatest need and least opportunity. Half of our unrestricted grantmaking responds to the needs of nonprofits; half is for strategic initiatives aimed at increasing the percentage of working adults in the county with post-secondary education or training from 32% to 60% by 2025. Strategic initiatives are administered in partnership with regional efforts for greater impact.

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  • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

    Springfield, Massachusetts, United States – 1990

    We generated excitement around giving through a 24-hour Give Day, increasing awareness of the nonprofits in our region and connecting donors to them.

    We generated excitement around giving through a 24-hour Give Day, increasing awareness of the nonprofits in our region and connecting donors to them.

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  • Community Foundation of Western Nevada

    Reno, Nevada, United States – 1996

    We’ve developed a relationship with the school district and local organizations around the subject of school climate, which involves student behaviors, including bullying, in interaction with each other and with teachers. Mutual trust has allowed us to influence policy and procedures in the 90 schools to improve...

    We’ve developed a relationship with the school district and local organizations around the subject of school climate, which involves student behaviors, including bullying, in interaction with each other and with teachers. Mutual trust has allowed us to influence policy and procedures in the 90 schools to improve their climate, leading to better student and teacher performance and safety.

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  • Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

    Asheville, North Carolina, United States – 1978

    More and more people are turning to us for help with significant personal philanthropy. We have an exemplary reputation for stewardship, and we support almost every aspect of the nonprofit community’s needs through capacity building, grantmaking and advocacy.

    More and more people are turning to us for help with significant personal philanthropy. We have an exemplary reputation for stewardship, and we support almost every aspect of the nonprofit community’s needs through capacity building, grantmaking and advocacy.

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  • Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County

    Greeley, Colorado, United States – 1997

    We had devastating floods two months ago, leaving many people homeless or temporarily displaced. We partnered with another nonprofit organization to create a flood relief fund that raised over $1.3 million in a two-month period, and have awarded nearly all of that back in grants for assistance...

    We had devastating floods two months ago, leaving many people homeless or temporarily displaced. We partnered with another nonprofit organization to create a flood relief fund that raised over $1.3 million in a two-month period, and have awarded nearly all of that back in grants for assistance to the flood victims.

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  • Community Foundation “Center Dobrochyn”

    Chernihiv, Ukraine – 2000

    In collaboration with district and local authorities and public-private partnerships in the local community, we transformed a rural cultural institution in the village of Tupychiv into a local activity center. The center supports children’s clubs and organizes educational activities for local civic initiative groups.

    In collaboration with district and local authorities and public-private partnerships in the local community, we transformed a rural cultural institution in the village of Tupychiv into a local activity center. The center supports children’s clubs and organizes educational activities for local civic initiative groups.

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  • Comunidar Foundation

    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico – 2012

    We have helped to mobilize and attract economic resources to the social sector that did not exist before.

    We have helped to mobilize and attract economic resources to the social sector that did not exist before.

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  • CpF-Centrum pre filantropiu

    Bratislava, Slovakia – 2002

    We created an online giving portal where people can help each other. We also helped other NGOs by establishing a website-based system that enables them to receive online donations and communicate with their donors.

    We created an online giving portal where people can help each other. We also helped other NGOs by establishing a website-based system that enables them to receive online donations and communicate with their donors.

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  • Cypress River and Area Foundation

    Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada – 2004

    Our foundation has begun to create an environment where members of the community can contribute to its well-being as a whole, rather than just their special-interest group. We are creating opportunities for all organizations within our area to access funding for projects which will benefit the entire community.

    Our foundation has begun to create an environment where members of the community can contribute to its well-being as a whole, rather than just their special-interest group. We are creating opportunities for all organizations within our area to access funding for projects which will benefit the entire community.

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  • Denver Foundation

    Denver, Colorado, United States – 1925

    Through our Strengthening Neighborhoods and Inclusiveness programs, we have increased resident engagement in our community and improved inclusiveness, especially for people of color, in the nonprofit sector.

    Through our Strengthening Neighborhoods and Inclusiveness programs, we have increased resident engagement in our community and improved inclusiveness, especially for people of color, in the nonprofit sector.

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  • DOCKDA Rural Development Agency

    Mowbray, South Africa – 2002

    We were able to grant stipends for 195 rural women for their work in home-based care. We generated an awareness among these careworkers of the need to reduce their debt and establish savings groups in their community organizations. These savings groups have the potential to promote equality...

    We were able to grant stipends for 195 rural women for their work in home-based care. We generated an awareness among these careworkers of the need to reduce their debt and establish savings groups in their community organizations. These savings groups have the potential to promote equality in household decision making, trust and solidarity in the organization, and the longer-term potential of women establishing microbusinesses to generate income and break out of poverty.

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  • Door County Community Foundation

    Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, United States – 1999

    In 2014, we will be ready to launch the Door County Scholarship Network, a collaboration among the community’s scholarship providers. Most of our local scholarship providers will begin accepting a common scholarship application, greatly simplifying the application process for young people. We are also set to launch...

    In 2014, we will be ready to launch the Door County Scholarship Network, a collaboration among the community’s scholarship providers. Most of our local scholarship providers will begin accepting a common scholarship application, greatly simplifying the application process for young people. We are also set to launch an online searchable database of local scholarships. Every student in our five local school districts will be able to go online and provide some basic information (GPA, test scores, co-curriculars, type of college, etc.), and the database will list scholarships for which they may qualify. This collaboration will radically change the way scholarships are administered in our community.

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  • Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

    Duluth, Minnesota, United States – 1982

    In response to the June 20, 2012 area flooding, DSACF convened the Grantors Alliance, a group of area funders who came together to coordinate recovery efforts using each funder’s strengths – and forged a new model for philanthropic disaster response.

    In response to the June 20, 2012 area flooding, DSACF convened the Grantors Alliance, a group of area funders who came together to coordinate recovery efforts using each funder’s strengths – and forged a new model for philanthropic disaster response.

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  • Economic Stimulus Projects for Work and Action

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States – 2011

    The concept of a community foundation is new to Haiti. In our pilot region, hundreds of local leaders from all sectors of society took part in our regional planning process. Thanks to our work, the vision of a Haiti community foundation has been inspiring community leaders, gaining...

    The concept of a community foundation is new to Haiti. In our pilot region, hundreds of local leaders from all sectors of society took part in our regional planning process. Thanks to our work, the vision of a Haiti community foundation has been inspiring community leaders, gaining traction and is steadily moving forward on the path of becoming a reality.

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  • Edmonton Community Foundation

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – 1989

    We partnered with the City of Edmonton to start the Social Enterprise Fund, designed to provide alternative financing mechanisms to the non-profit and charitable sector. It is leading the way in Canada in terms of innovation by a community foundation. We also started participation in the...

    We partnered with the City of Edmonton to start the Social Enterprise Fund, designed to provide alternative financing mechanisms to the non-profit and charitable sector. It is leading the way in Canada in terms of innovation by a community foundation. We also started participation in the Vital Signs Project which measures community indicators. This has been an important project for the foundation.

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  • Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation

    St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada – 2003

    We are a young community foundation, and so our most meaningful change is the strategic development and sustainability of a community endowment that serves all the communities and people of Elgin County. We are about to top $1M and have granted $450,000 to date. Our strategic plan...

    We are a young community foundation, and so our most meaningful change is the strategic development and sustainability of a community endowment that serves all the communities and people of Elgin County. We are about to top $1M and have granted $450,000 to date. Our strategic plan for the coming five years includes such leadership activities as “shared space” for local community organizations and a virtual community knowledge center to highlight opportunity and need.

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  • Elk County Community Foundation

    Saint Marys, Pennsylvania, United States – 2000

    As our foundation enters its second decade, the public finally understands what a community foundation does and has begun to trust us. A seed planted so many years ago is now coming to fruition.

    As our foundation enters its second decade, the public finally understands what a community foundation does and has begun to trust us. A seed planted so many years ago is now coming to fruition.

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  • Emporia Community Foundation

    Emporia, Kansas, United States – 1995

    The biggest impact our foundation has made is in grantmaking for local nonprofit organizations and helping others determine ways they can give back to the community.

    The biggest impact our foundation has made is in grantmaking for local nonprofit organizations and helping others determine ways they can give back to the community.

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  • Erie Community Foundation

    Erie, Pennsylvania, United States – 1935

    The foundation has: developed a well-received key indicator project, Erie Vital Signs; launched an online giving day, Erie Gives, that brings new and younger donors to our community; created a significant nonprofit capacity-building project, The Nonprofit Partnership; brought the federal earned-income tax credit to our community through...

    The foundation has: developed a well-received key indicator project, Erie Vital Signs; launched an online giving day, Erie Gives, that brings new and younger donors to our community; created a significant nonprofit capacity-building project, The Nonprofit Partnership; brought the federal earned-income tax credit to our community through Erie Free Taxes; and created Erie’s Future Fund, a scholarship fund to help low-income children attend high-quality preschools.

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  • Essex County Community Foundation

    Danvers, Massachusetts, United States – 1998

    The foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence has inspired major improvements in board strength, compliance, fiduciary duties, quality of planning, and efficiency and effectiveness in our own work and throughout the county’s 2,500 nonprofits. Key to all this is leadership development, better public and philanthropic understanding of the...

    The foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence has inspired major improvements in board strength, compliance, fiduciary duties, quality of planning, and efficiency and effectiveness in our own work and throughout the county’s 2,500 nonprofits. Key to all this is leadership development, better public and philanthropic understanding of the importance of the charitable sector, and improved organizational productivity. Research shows a 95% congruence between a charity’s participation in the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and its receipt of grants from the county’s largest donors.

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  • eThekwini Community Foundation

    Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – 2001

    We managed to bring people together from national, provincial and local government, nonprofits and communities, and academic and research bodies to understand the human cost of rhino poaching and other trafficked wildlife. Many are dying on both sides in this low-level, chronic border war, so we helped...

    We managed to bring people together from national, provincial and local government, nonprofits and communities, and academic and research bodies to understand the human cost of rhino poaching and other trafficked wildlife. Many are dying on both sides in this low-level, chronic border war, so we helped to focus international attention on the massive breaches in security we face as a country. The devastating impact of such crimes is often overlooked because they take place in communities that are poor, rural and marginalized. Our effort was achieved despite a highly charged, highly inimical political environment.

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  • FECHAC-Fundación del Empresariado Chihuahuense

    Chihuahua, Mexico – 1996

    Our shared social responsibility model is known all over the world. It involves the participation of several entrepreneurs of different social levels, working with the state and local governments and nonprofit organizations to jointly define the main areas in which we all need to work.

    Our shared social responsibility model is known all over the world. It involves the participation of several entrepreneurs of different social levels, working with the state and local governments and nonprofit organizations to jointly define the main areas in which we all need to work.

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  • Ferencváros Community Foundation

    Budapest, Hungary – 2011

    Although our community foundation is new and small, we have been tackling three major challenges. The first one is that Hungarian society is increasingly fragmented along lines of political orientation, economic position and social status. Taken together, it makes joint action, such as starting a new organization...

    Although our community foundation is new and small, we have been tackling three major challenges. The first one is that Hungarian society is increasingly fragmented along lines of political orientation, economic position and social status. Taken together, it makes joint action, such as starting a new organization for the good of all, fairly difficult. The second issue is the economic crisis in the country, the worst in the past 25 years, meaning that everybody became more cautious with their money and reluctant to take risks and try out new things. And the third challenge was the lack of an in-country example to follow, as there were no operating community foundations in Hungary. We reflect regularly on our work and understand that more change-making lies ahead than behind us.

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  • Fermanagh Trust

    Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom – 1995

    We have played a pivotal role in the development of shared education in Northern Ireland. Schools based largely on religious lines have been supported and funded to work together to break down religious barriers and ensure our children form important friendships and benefit educationally from new opportunities....

    We have played a pivotal role in the development of shared education in Northern Ireland. Schools based largely on religious lines have been supported and funded to work together to break down religious barriers and ensure our children form important friendships and benefit educationally from new opportunities. This work has inspired the government to mainstream shared education into government policy.

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  • Fleurieu Community Foundation

    Victor Harbor, South Australia, Australia – 2010

    As a relatively new organization we have had to start from scratch with small grants from local government, develop infrastructure and policies, and market ourselves to the community. During this start-up phase we have used grants and “flow-through” funds from the Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal...

    As a relatively new organization we have had to start from scratch with small grants from local government, develop infrastructure and policies, and market ourselves to the community. During this start-up phase we have used grants and “flow-through” funds from the Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal to help disadvantaged students across the region with costs associated with the start of the school year, distributing more than A$26,000. We also started the Stay in Sport program, which helps young people to remain engaged in sport and connected to the community despite economic disadvantage. These two programs demonstrate our capacity to respond to local needs at a grassroots level.

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  • Fond du Lac Area Foundation

    Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States – 1975

    The foundation provided major funding to our local YMCA and Boys and Girls Club to make a new combined facility a reality. We participated in the planning process and funded initial feasibility studies to test possible success before the initial fundraising began. We provided significant funding from...

    The foundation provided major funding to our local YMCA and Boys and Girls Club to make a new combined facility a reality. We participated in the planning process and funded initial feasibility studies to test possible success before the initial fundraising began. We provided significant funding from our own unrestricted funds and facilitated other large donations from many local businesses and individuals. This new combined YMCA/Boys and Girls Club model now enables both organizations to serve many more individuals and families.

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  • Fondation communautaire de la Péninsule Acadienne

    Paquetville, New Brunswick, Canada – 2001

    Identifiying the most important challenges of the community

    Identifiying the most important challenges of the community

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  • Fondation Passions Alsace

    Strasbourg, Alsace, France – 2009

    Over the past three years the foundation has supported more than 100 projects, most of which could not otherwise have been realized due to lack of visibility or financial assistance. The foundation often serves as the last resort for small local associations regardless of their field of endeavor.

    Over the past three years the foundation has supported more than 100 projects, most of which could not otherwise have been realized due to lack of visibility or financial assistance. The foundation often serves as the last resort for small local associations regardless of their field of endeavor.

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  • Fondo Región Colonia

    Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay – 2012

    Our foundation has created a culture of donation through support to projects developed by community-based organizations, which did not previously exist in our scope. In the future we hope that donated funds also come from the community itself.

    Our foundation has created a culture of donation through support to projects developed by community-based organizations, which did not previously exist in our scope. In the future we hope that donated funds also come from the community itself.

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  • Fonds de Dotation Bordeaux Solidaire

    Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France – 2012

    Our foundation is quite young to be able tell a story of meaninful change. Our greatest satisfaction is to involve local people, economic leaders and social leaders in the same endeavors. Our “Accorderie” project is growing, allowing people to live better together and to rent services through...

    Our foundation is quite young to be able tell a story of meaninful change. Our greatest satisfaction is to involve local people, economic leaders and social leaders in the same endeavors. Our “Accorderie” project is growing, allowing people to live better together and to rent services through an exchange of time or money.

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  • Forest Community Foundation

    Forest, Ontario, Canada – 2001

    The foundation donates to various community groups and organizations to help fund projects that may not otherwise be accomplished.

    The foundation donates to various community groups and organizations to help fund projects that may not otherwise be accomplished.

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  • Fort Dodge Community Foundation

    Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States – 1995

    Our grant funding support and community leadership have served as a catalyst for community projects that improve our quality of life. More people are giving back to our community to help make it a better place to live.

    Our grant funding support and community leadership have served as a catalyst for community projects that improve our quality of life. More people are giving back to our community to help make it a better place to live.

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  • Foundation for Social Transformation: Enabling North East India

    Guwahati, Assam, India – 2005

    FST has created a group of emerging women leaders from conflict zones in North East India. The women have been given constant support in gaining livelihood skills as well as comprehensive training on rights and entitlements so that they can become both socially and economically independent. FST...

    FST has created a group of emerging women leaders from conflict zones in North East India. The women have been given constant support in gaining livelihood skills as well as comprehensive training on rights and entitlements so that they can become both socially and economically independent. FST has also played a key role in bringing together youths of the region into an equal platform through a Youth Collective, where the young citizens discuss their pressing questions, taboos and are learning to be leaders for positive change.

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  • Foundation for the Mid South

    Jackson, Mississippi, United States – 1990

    We have helped individuals, families and communities secure quality housing, stronger skills for career advancement, jobs, quality green spaces and healthy food options. We have also helped school districts improve the skills and knowledge of their teachers and administrators, resulting in improved student and school perfomance rankings.

    We have helped individuals, families and communities secure quality housing, stronger skills for career advancement, jobs, quality green spaces and healthy food options. We have also helped school districts improve the skills and knowledge of their teachers and administrators, resulting in improved student and school perfomance rankings.

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  • Foundation of Greater Montreal

    Montreal, Québec, Canada – 1999

    Awareness in building sustainable philanthropy (endowment funds); importance of strategic community partnerships in city development; building bridges within communities

    Awareness in building sustainable philanthropy (endowment funds); importance of strategic community partnerships in city development; building bridges within communities

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  • Freeport Community Foundation

    Freeport, Illinois, United States – 1975

    Our foundation has worked to build and support collaborative efforts between organizations. Examples include work between the Freeport Art Museum and the local schools to encourage no-fee opportunities for student activities, work between our domestic violence treatment organization and a counseling provider, and work between a church-sponsored...

    Our foundation has worked to build and support collaborative efforts between organizations. Examples include work between the Freeport Art Museum and the local schools to encourage no-fee opportunities for student activities, work between our domestic violence treatment organization and a counseling provider, and work between a church-sponsored homeless shelter/food pantry and a home ownership/community builder nonprofit provider. We strongly support organizations working together to meet community needs and expand capacity.

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  • Fremantle Foundation

    Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia – 2010

    Our biggest success in letting more people know about the joys of philanthropic giving has been the start of Impact100 Fremantle, a giving group that puts all our funds together to make one “game-changing” grant to one local community organization. People love the experience of giving away...

    Our biggest success in letting more people know about the joys of philanthropic giving has been the start of Impact100 Fremantle, a giving group that puts all our funds together to make one “game-changing” grant to one local community organization. People love the experience of giving away $1,000 (minimum amount) and knowing exactly where it goes, getting to know the people who will deliver the project we support and knowing that our donations will stay in our community and make it better.

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  • Fremont Area Community Foundation

    Fremont, Michigan, United States – 1951

    The foundation adopted Goal 2025 to increase postsecondary achievement to 60% by the year 2025. We secured planning funds and launched a local access network in collaboration with the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency. This network is cross-sectoral, and engages the local districts around improvements in...

    The foundation adopted Goal 2025 to increase postsecondary achievement to 60% by the year 2025. We secured planning funds and launched a local access network in collaboration with the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency. This network is cross-sectoral, and engages the local districts around improvements in educational achievement and preparation for college or work. To date our efforts have focused on local high school juniors and seniors, specifically to assist them in understanding the importance of postsecondary achievement and helping them to navigate their educational plans. Efforts are now under way to plan for adult educational attainment, specifically for those with some college but no degree, and to focus on training that meets regional workforce needs now and into the future.

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  • Fuldauerstichting

    Hengelo, Overijssel, Netherlands – 2010

    Since 2013 we started to promote the neccesity of getting a better local culure of giving. It is getting response.

    Since 2013 we started to promote the neccesity of getting a better local culure of giving. It is getting response.

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  • Fundação ADFP - Assistência, Desenvolvimento e Formação Profissional

    Miranda do Corvo, Coimbra, Portugal – 1987

    Local development through the employability of people and investment, particularly in risk groups. Opened a home for people with disabilities, invested in agriculture and wine production, welcomed mentally ill coming from public hospitals, implemented a home help for people with mental illness, built the Space of Mind...

    Local development through the employability of people and investment, particularly in risk groups. Opened a home for people with disabilities, invested in agriculture and wine production, welcomed mentally ill coming from public hospitals, implemented a home help for people with mental illness, built the Space of Mind (Museum), smokehouse and cheese factory. Increased residents in 120 people with special needs. Restructured areas, especially children, creating two residences. We have created more than 100 jobs, especially among people with special needs.

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  • Fundació Cívica Novessendes

    Betxí, Castellon, Spain – 2003

    We opened a community center where different people, groups and community associations find resources and spaces to organize activities, both for their members and for the general population. This has increased the supply of education initiatives and cultural activities, and has revitalized public participation and partnership.

    We opened a community center where different people, groups and community associations find resources and spaces to organize activities, both for their members and for the general population. This has increased the supply of education initiatives and cultural activities, and has revitalized public participation and partnership.

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  • Fundación Ciudad de Sigüenza

    Sigüenza, Guadalajara, Spain – 1998

    In the past three years we have launched an initiative with the University of Alcalá, with spring and autumn courses for all ages and the participation of volunteer teachers.

    In the past three years we have launched an initiative with the University of Alcalá, with spring and autumn courses for all ages and the participation of volunteer teachers.

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  • Fundación Comunitaria del Bajío

    Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico – 1997

    The most important thing we have achieved is comprehensive implementation of local development via multisectoral alliances and networks.

    The most important thing we have achieved is comprehensive implementation of local development via multisectoral alliances and networks.

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  • Fundación Comunitaria Oaxaca

    Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico – 1996

    The most meaningful change we have made in our community is nurturing the idea of working for what you want or need. We help people achieve their dreams through training and support, and show them that they can accomplish their goals by themselves.

    The most meaningful change we have made in our community is nurturing the idea of working for what you want or need. We help people achieve their dreams through training and support, and show them that they can accomplish their goals by themselves.

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  • Fundación Comunitaria Puebla IBP

    Puebla, Puebla, Mexico – 2000

    Our foundation provides a space for our citizens to develop action programs in response to social problems they observe in our state. We currently house 70 citizen initiatives and provide guidance regarding their development and administration.

    Our foundation provides a space for our citizens to develop action programs in response to social problems they observe in our state. We currently house 70 citizen initiatives and provide guidance regarding their development and administration.

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  • Fundación Galicia Sustentable

    Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain – 2008

    We have been working to overcome an aversion to both giving and receiving that has always existed in our small communities in Galicia and has resulted in the loss of many potential financial resources.

    We have been working to overcome an aversion to both giving and receiving that has always existed in our small communities in Galicia and has resulted in the loss of many potential financial resources.

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  • Fundación Maimona

    Los Santos de Maimona, Badajoz, Spain – 2000

    Our project development community has grown thanks to the participation and collaboration of people living in the foundation’s catchment area. We have helped to finance the expansion of nursing homes and in the improvement and provision of industrial land for companies. We have advised entrepreneurs, provided soft...

    Our project development community has grown thanks to the participation and collaboration of people living in the foundation’s catchment area. We have helped to finance the expansion of nursing homes and in the improvement and provision of industrial land for companies. We have advised entrepreneurs, provided soft loans for the implementation of business initiatives, and helped others-including a biorefinery and a national theater company-position themselves in the region.

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  • Fundación Merced Querétaro

    Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico – 2001

    Over the past three years, the foundation has focused its efforts on strengthening the work of other civil society organizations through professional training, joint networking and community outreach. The organizations that have participated in this process now offer better services to the population they serve and have...

    Over the past three years, the foundation has focused its efforts on strengthening the work of other civil society organizations through professional training, joint networking and community outreach. The organizations that have participated in this process now offer better services to the population they serve and have learned how working together with like-minded organizations enhances their social impact.

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  • Fundación Social del Empresariado Jalisciense

    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico – 2008

    We work to improve the competitiveness of local enterprises by promoting a culture of wellness in the workplace, and helping their employees obtain the skills needed for a healthy lifestyle.

    We work to improve the competitiveness of local enterprises by promoting a culture of wellness in the workplace, and helping their employees obtain the skills needed for a healthy lifestyle.

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  • Fundación Tot Raval

    Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain – 2002

    The foundation has participated in projects with over 300 neighborhood organizations and has reached more than 30,000 people each year in a community where more than half of the citizens are immigrants. Social and cultural organizations, museums, hotels and other businesses work together to improve the neighborhood.

    The foundation has participated in projects with over 300 neighborhood organizations and has reached more than 30,000 people each year in a community where more than half of the citizens are immigrants. Social and cultural organizations, museums, hotels and other businesses work together to improve the neighborhood.

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  • Geelong Community Foundation

    Geelong, Victoria, Australia – 2000

    Assisting organisations in areas of early childhood development, food security, education.

    Assisting organisations in areas of early childhood development, food security, education.

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  • Generations Foundation

    Tczew, Pomerania, Poland – 2002

    We continue our mission of helping local youth. Our “Includer” (name translated literally) project helps young people by organizing activities (capoeira, climbing, art and many others); we also offer psychological assistance and grants.

    We continue our mission of helping local youth. Our “Includer” (name translated literally) project helps young people by organizing activities (capoeira, climbing, art and many others); we also offer psychological assistance and grants.

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  • Global Alliance for Development Foundation

    Kenyasi 2, Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana – 2010

    Taking a youth-centered approach, the foundation has helped create opportunities for youth to attend conferences and capacity-building and training events. We have provided technical support and financial support for community-based organizations and helped to promote youth philanthrophy and the production and dissemination of knowledge. The foundation helps...

    Taking a youth-centered approach, the foundation has helped create opportunities for youth to attend conferences and capacity-building and training events. We have provided technical support and financial support for community-based organizations and helped to promote youth philanthrophy and the production and dissemination of knowledge. The foundation helps to promote support for Girl Child Education in Ahafo in Ghana and to reduce teenage pregnancy and illegal mining operations. Our new initiative, the YCD-Foundation, supports innovative young people and sustainable community-driven development efforts.

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  • Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation

    Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States – 1994

    Our competitive granting cycle has grown to include involvement with many donor-advised funds. This effort resulted in significant increase in local granting from approximately $5,000/year to over $80K/year.

    Our competitive granting cycle has grown to include involvement with many donor-advised funds. This effort resulted in significant increase in local granting from approximately $5,000/year to over $80K/year.

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  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation

    Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States – 1922

    Challenge Scholars, a program we initiated three years ago, is making a significant impact on increased academic achievement. We are ensuring that critical health and human services are being delivered at school-base sites, providing resources for math and literacy coaches and removing barriers for students and families...

    Challenge Scholars, a program we initiated three years ago, is making a significant impact on increased academic achievement. We are ensuring that critical health and human services are being delivered at school-base sites, providing resources for math and literacy coaches and removing barriers for students and families living in poverty to quality public education, including college.

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  • Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

    Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States – 1991

    We led a community quality of life assessment and a community visioning summit, and we are now engaged with others to launch and implement a community-wide cradle-to-career effort.

    We led a community quality of life assessment and a community visioning summit, and we are now engaged with others to launch and implement a community-wide cradle-to-career effort.

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  • Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation

    Lewisburg, West Virginia, United States – 1999

    While our unrestricted community fund is too small to sustain a granting program, we have been working in other ways to fulfill our mission of supporting the nonprofit community. We administer many agency funds that continue to grow and make important distributions. In addition, we have improved...

    While our unrestricted community fund is too small to sustain a granting program, we have been working in other ways to fulfill our mission of supporting the nonprofit community. We administer many agency funds that continue to grow and make important distributions. In addition, we have improved communication and cooperation among the more than 160 nonprofits that operate in our area by compiling a shared contact list and hosting meetings for executive and development directors. We also act as a fiscal sponsor for groups that have charitable purposes and need a financial agent.

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  • Greater Houston Community Foundation

    Houston, Texas, United States – 1995

    We have created community impact funds, through which we play a convening role for the community in the areas of education and homelessness to drive strategic impact and collaborative giving.

    We have created community impact funds, through which we play a convening role for the community in the areas of education and homelessness to drive strategic impact and collaborative giving.

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  • Greater Lewes Foundation

    Lewes, Delaware, United States – 2000

    Our two major projects have been the creation of a $15 million waterfront park to replace the large retail/housing project planned in the heart of Lewes, and the acquisition of a key 5.5-acre property for a new Lewes Public Library. The site will also be the nexus...

    Our two major projects have been the creation of a $15 million waterfront park to replace the large retail/housing project planned in the heart of Lewes, and the acquisition of a key 5.5-acre property for a new Lewes Public Library. The site will also be the nexus for a state-approved emerging rail-trail system leading to and from Rehoboth Beach and inland. We have an excellent working relationship with the City of Lewes and manage 25 small but important funds and scholarships. We invest our endowments with the Delaware Community Foundation.

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  • Greater New Orleans Foundation

    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States – 1983

    Thanks to the foundation’s efforts, 9,500 families now have affordable housing, and the system for creating affordable housing has been strengthened.

    Thanks to the foundation’s efforts, 9,500 families now have affordable housing, and the system for creating affordable housing has been strengthened.

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  • Greater Sauk County Community Foundation

    Baraboo, Wisconsin, United States – 1998

    We have been quite successful in helping citizens of Sauk County and the surrounding areas utilize our community foundation to carry out their philanthropic values, making it easy for them to support causes they care about with a minimum of paperwork and costs.

    We have been quite successful in helping citizens of Sauk County and the surrounding areas utilize our community foundation to carry out their philanthropic values, making it easy for them to support causes they care about with a minimum of paperwork and costs.

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  • Harrison County Community Foundation

    Corydon, Indiana, United States – 1996

    We have provided resources to accomplish projects or programs that would otherwise not have occurred.

    We have provided resources to accomplish projects or programs that would otherwise not have occurred.

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  • Heartland Community Foundation

    Hays, Kansas, United States – 2007

    Our most meaningful change is that we have helped charities do more for their organization and mission by establishing endowed funds. Through sound investing those organizations now earn more money than before to use for their needs. We also help organizations through seminars on board leadership and fundraising.

    Our most meaningful change is that we have helped charities do more for their organization and mission by establishing endowed funds. Through sound investing those organizations now earn more money than before to use for their needs. We also help organizations through seminars on board leadership and fundraising.

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  • Homer Foundation

    Homer, Alaska, United States – 1991

    By acting as a fiscal sponsor for a couple of large community projects, the foundation was able to support community volunteers and local government in building both a new library and a new “community-built” playground.

    By acting as a fiscal sponsor for a couple of large community projects, the foundation was able to support community volunteers and local government in building both a new library and a new “community-built” playground.

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  • Humboldt Area Foundation

    Bayside, California, United States – 1972

    We embarked on community organizing in Northwestern California in 2011. Thus far, our organizers have coached community members on tribal lands, in a primarily Latino community in an agricultural area, in a continuation high school, and in a rural suburb to research solutions and to formally and...

    We embarked on community organizing in Northwestern California in 2011. Thus far, our organizers have coached community members on tribal lands, in a primarily Latino community in an agricultural area, in a continuation high school, and in a rural suburb to research solutions and to formally and publicly request that local officials take their specifically suggested actions to address an issue. We have given these resident groups the tools to drastically improve the quality of their school lunches, provide gym use for kids, address bullying in schools and conduct the first legally proscribed cultural forest burn on the Yurok reservation in 90 years. More importantly, we have involved hundreds of formerly disenfranchised residents in solving local issues important to them together as a community.

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  • Incourage Community Foundation

    Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States – 1994

    In 2012, Incourage purchased the former Daily Tribune newspaper headquarters located on the banks of the Wisconsin River in downtown Wisconsin Rapids as a physical representation of its holistic, long-term approach to building a community that works well for all people. Through a resident-centered process that engaged...

    In 2012, Incourage purchased the former Daily Tribune newspaper headquarters located on the banks of the Wisconsin River in downtown Wisconsin Rapids as a physical representation of its holistic, long-term approach to building a community that works well for all people. Through a resident-centered process that engaged over 1,200 residents in planning and decision-making, the Tribune (tribunebuilding.org) has been co-designed to reflect resident priorities and capitalize on community assets. The building will house a mix of enterprises and community space, including a café/brewpub, culinary kitchen, makerspace, microbrewery and recreational rental shop. It will serve as a “community accelerator” – accelerating economic growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, learning, creativity and networks for community benefit.

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  • Initiative Foundation

    Little Falls, Minnesota, United States – 1986

    Providing training, technical and financial assistance for job creation and retention; serving as a regional voice for emerging opportunities and challenges; and building the financial resiliency of nonprofit organizations

    Providing training, technical and financial assistance for job creation and retention; serving as a regional voice for emerging opportunities and challenges; and building the financial resiliency of nonprofit organizations

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  • Inner North Community Foundation

    Northcote, Victoria, Australia – 2007

    Programs which we fund have helped local people who face barriers in their access to work to develop the skills and confidence needed to feel that they are part of our community.

    Programs which we fund have helped local people who face barriers in their access to work to develop the skills and confidence needed to feel that they are part of our community.

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  • Instituto Baixada

    São Luis, Maranhão, Brazil – 2008

    The institute provides critical support to organizations created within the lowlands.

    The institute provides critical support to organizations created within the lowlands.

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  • Instituto Rio

    Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 2000

    By providing financial and technical support of social organizations and collectives and permanent training programs for the leaders of the community organizations that we support, we help to disseminate knowledge and innovative methodologies that contribute to the development of Rio’s West Zone.

    By providing financial and technical support of social organizations and collectives and permanent training programs for the leaders of the community organizations that we support, we help to disseminate knowledge and innovative methodologies that contribute to the development of Rio’s West Zone.

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  • iPartner India

    New Delhi, Delhi, India – 2009

    iPartner inspires trust as a credible and true partner of smaller community-led foundations and local organizations. We have supported risky ideas, taking them from an initial concept to a pilot stage and then scaling-up. In this manner we’ve invested in innovations that matter the most to local...

    iPartner inspires trust as a credible and true partner of smaller community-led foundations and local organizations. We have supported risky ideas, taking them from an initial concept to a pilot stage and then scaling-up. In this manner we’ve invested in innovations that matter the most to local people. We work with a network of partners who in turn become our supporters and friends. It is a truly equal relationship we share on the ground!

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  • Irkutsk Community Foundation

    Irkutsk, Irkutskaya Oblast, Russia – 2010

    In 2013 we renewed work designed to systematize problematic issues faced by nonprofit organizations and to train local community leaders to identify resources.

    In 2013 we renewed work designed to systematize problematic issues faced by nonprofit organizations and to train local community leaders to identify resources.

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  • Jasper and Newton County Community Foundation

    Rensselaer, Indiana, United States – 1992

    Economic improvement and donor testimonials

    Economic improvement and donor testimonials

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  • Kern Community Foundation

    Bakersfield, California, United States – 1999

    Through the creation of an online nonprofit database and publication of a charity giving guide, the foundation has raised awareness of the impact of the local nonprofit sector on our community’s quality of life. We have also conducted research to identify the largest untapped source of capital...

    Through the creation of an online nonprofit database and publication of a charity giving guide, the foundation has raised awareness of the impact of the local nonprofit sector on our community’s quality of life. We have also conducted research to identify the largest untapped source of capital to support the local nonprofit sector-transfer of wealth from estates-and mobilized local leadership to begin to put this transfer of wealth to work. Finally, we have created helpful tools, such as the Kern Real Estate Foundation, that are beginning to generate new sources of capital from previously untapped resources to support local charitable organizations.

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  • Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation

    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada – 1984

    The addition of four Leadership Programs to our operations: Random Act of Kindness Day; “Vital Signs,” a community data report; Engage, a community philanthropic leadership development program; and the Center for Community Knowledge, an online video storytelling portal

    The addition of four Leadership Programs to our operations: Random Act of Kindness Day; “Vital Signs,” a community data report; Engage, a community philanthropic leadership development program; and the Center for Community Knowledge, an online video storytelling portal

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  • Korat Community Foundation

    Amphur Muang, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand – 2009

    We work closely with many sectors in the community and recently started a social enterprise, a secondhand shop.

    We work closely with many sectors in the community and recently started a social enterprise, a secondhand shop.

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  • Lac du Bonnet and District Charitable Foundation

    Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada – 2008

    We assisted in supplying a vehicle for transporting clients of the local mental health clubhouse. This helps persons with mental health issues travel to functions and medical appointments, and has raised the profile of mental wellness in the community. The vehicle, which also assists other healthcare clients,...

    We assisted in supplying a vehicle for transporting clients of the local mental health clubhouse. This helps persons with mental health issues travel to functions and medical appointments, and has raised the profile of mental wellness in the community. The vehicle, which also assists other healthcare clients, has been a real plus in the community.

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  • Laredo Area Community Foundation

    Laredo, Texas, United States – 2005

    As a fairly new community foundation, we are still trying to get our message out to the public about who we are and what we do to help philanthropy in our region. In doing that, we were given a trust fund from the estate of a gentleman...

    As a fairly new community foundation, we are still trying to get our message out to the public about who we are and what we do to help philanthropy in our region. In doing that, we were given a trust fund from the estate of a gentleman from Zapata, Texas, who had no heirs and wanted to help educate Zapata’s high school seniors. This man grew up in Illinois and retired in Zapata because he and his wife loved the small town, the weather and the people. What a wonderful way to give back to his “new” community!

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  • Lincolnshire Community Foundation

    Sleaford, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom – 2002

    Developing a stable of effective, local, self-sustaining community enterprises - several with their own buildings as the cornerstone of their stability.

    Developing a stable of effective, local, self-sustaining community enterprises - several with their own buildings as the cornerstone of their stability.

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  • LincolnWay Community Foundation

    DeWitt, Iowa, United States – 1987

    We added grant money to schools and health institutions.

    We added grant money to schools and health institutions.

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  • Local Development Institute

    Pabprachai, Bangkok, Thailand – 1991

    The community foundation concept came to Thailand about seven years ago, and the country now has five such foundations. However, there was no strong organization to help with fundraising, and our budget was limited. We plan to apply to the Community Foundation Global Fund.

    The community foundation concept came to Thailand about seven years ago, and the country now has five such foundations. However, there was no strong organization to help with fundraising, and our budget was limited. We plan to apply to the Community Foundation Global Fund.

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  • London Community Foundation

    London, United Kingdom – 1995

    Since 2011 we have been working with residents and local stakeholders in and around Loughborough Junction, an area of high deprivation that faces multiple issues including high unemployment and youth violence. However, it is also an area where people are passionate about seeing a change in their...

    Since 2011 we have been working with residents and local stakeholders in and around Loughborough Junction, an area of high deprivation that faces multiple issues including high unemployment and youth violence. However, it is also an area where people are passionate about seeing a change in their community and working together to do it. We employ a community development manager in the area who supports residents and groups in efforts to develop local networks and partnerships, build capacity, utilize local facilities and help people to take their ideas forward. Work to date has included education and training projects for young people, the formation of Loughborough Women’s group, community festivals and resident engagement events, a project supporting working mothers, and our Community Challenge Fund-supporting individual residents to develop ideas for projects they would like to see in their community, ranging from legal advice to yoga, money management and community growing.

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  • Maima Community Foundation “Perspektiva”

    Maima Village, Altai Republic, Russia – 2009

    People know that they can realize their creative potential through our foundation. And every citizen of Mayma rural settlement knows that he or she can participate in the charity directly by taking part in our events and charitable programs.

    People know that they can realize their creative potential through our foundation. And every citizen of Mayma rural settlement knows that he or she can participate in the charity directly by taking part in our events and charitable programs.

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  • Masindi Community Foundation

    Masindi, East Africa, Uganda – 2011

    The foundation has established/works with the following social enterprises among others; 26 charcoal briquette producing social enterprises(farmers producing effective charcoal briquettes from postharvest agricultural wastes which are available in plenty normally after harvest as opposed to the traditional system of deforestation for charcoal production); so as to provide...

    The foundation has established/works with the following social enterprises among others; 26 charcoal briquette producing social enterprises(farmers producing effective charcoal briquettes from postharvest agricultural wastes which are available in plenty normally after harvest as opposed to the traditional system of deforestation for charcoal production); so as to provide income/capital for the groups. The 26 charcoal briquette social enterprises (each social enterprise containing 25 members) have so far yielded total income of more than USD 6,000 to the groups. According to each charcoal briquette social enterprise, 60% of the income from the sale of the briquettes is divided equally among the members, 20% is injected into the operational fund, OF to meet the operating costs of the social enterprise and 20% is injected into the Savings Scheme Fund to provide very low interest loans to members of a given social enterprise to set up other personal micro-enterprises like poultry, piggery etc. The foundation offers continuous mentoring and training to the social enterprises during PME to increase their efficiencies in improving livelihoods for poverty relief. Budongo Basket Weavers Association, BUBWA. BUBWA is an only women-association/social enterprise consisting of 210 women. The social enterprise has been successful in linking her asset of traditional expertise in embroidery to available market opportunities for the baskets provided by hundreds of tourists who flock Budongo forest, one of the key tourist attractions in Uganda to see the various primates, key among them chimpanzees. The foundation facilitated BUBWA with quality embroidery for use in the production of the baskets. We also partnered with a local consultant who helped the women adapt their crafts to be more appealing to the tourists. BUBWA currently earns an average monthly income of between USD 20-USD 40 from basket production. According to the social enterprise, 60% of the income from the sale of the crafts is divided equally among the members, 20% is injected into the operational fund, OF to meet the operating costs of the social enterprise and 20% is injected into the Savings Scheme Fund to provide very low interest loans to members of the social enterprise to set up other personal micro-enterprises like apiary, aviary etc. The foundation offers continuous mentoring and training to the social enterprises during PME to increase their efficiencies in improving livelihoods for poverty relief. A rice-processing centre in Nyabyeya Budongo subcounty. The facility/social enterprise is benefitting 158 rice producers. Here 60% of the income from the sale of the crafts is divided equally among the members, 20% is injected into the operational fund, OF to meet the operating costs of the social enterprise and 20% is injected into the Savings Scheme Fund to provide very low interest loans to members of the social enterprise to set up other personal micro-enterprises like salon, bakery etc. The foundation offers continuous mentoring and training to the social enterprises during PME to increase their efficiencies in improving livelihoods for poverty relief. A maize-processing facility in Kigezi, Miirya subcounty. The facility has brought milling services closer to the people, while doing so at a reduced fee. The income obtained from the milling services is injected into the community’s savings box which shall then provide small interest loans to community members to establish sustainable micro-enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods towards achieving poverty relief. Note: MCF's measure of impact is the total monthly income obtained by the community members. Currently over 3,000 people earn monthly income of atleast $100,000 from MCF's interventions; of which atleast 1,000 are female beneficiaries.

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  • McPherson County Community Foundation

    McPherson, Kansas, United States – 2001

    In 2012 we changed our granting procedures to remove the traditional “Request for Proposal” process and began accepting applications on a regular basis without limits on the amount organizations may request for giving. Because of this process, we are giving grantees the opportunity to strategically review their...

    In 2012 we changed our granting procedures to remove the traditional “Request for Proposal” process and began accepting applications on a regular basis without limits on the amount organizations may request for giving. Because of this process, we are giving grantees the opportunity to strategically review their budget and program needs, develop a budget based on those needs, review funding opportunities and then submit a proposal to the foundation based on their potential shortfall. Because of this change, we tripled the grant dollars awarded in one year and doubled the number of grants awarded.

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  • Mercer County Civic Foundation

    Celina, Ohio, United States – 1960

    We are involved in helping to clean up Grand Lake St. Marys, and in administering funds for community events such as Giving Thanks and a local concert series.

    We are involved in helping to clean up Grand Lake St. Marys, and in administering funds for community events such as Giving Thanks and a local concert series.

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  • Merrick Foundation

    Central City, Nebraska, United States – 1960

    The foundation has facilitated a variety of community projects: promotion of the arts; development of trails and parks; improved senior citizen services; education and training opportunities for citizens of all ages; facility improvement for various communities; scholarships for graduating seniors and college students.

    The foundation has facilitated a variety of community projects: promotion of the arts; development of trails and parks; improved senior citizen services; education and training opportunities for citizens of all ages; facility improvement for various communities; scholarships for graduating seniors and college students.

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  • Michigan Gateway Community Foundation

    Buchanan, Michigan, United States – 1978

    The foundation has developed a very active group of youth volunteers who have expanded our role in the communities beyond grantmaking to include volunteer activity and program development in areas that are of concern to young people.

    The foundation has developed a very active group of youth volunteers who have expanded our role in the communities beyond grantmaking to include volunteer activity and program development in areas that are of concern to young people.

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  • Milton Keynes Community Foundation

    Central Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom – 1986

    The 2013 Vital Signs Pilot has enabled us to engage with the local charitable sector and beyond in a focused and productive way, promoting a greater understanding of the nature and scale of community need. Through our “community philanthropy” approach we encourage all donors to become more...

    The 2013 Vital Signs Pilot has enabled us to engage with the local charitable sector and beyond in a focused and productive way, promoting a greater understanding of the nature and scale of community need. Through our “community philanthropy” approach we encourage all donors to become more engaged with local issues and to give in a more strategic and impact-driven manner. We bring together donors and recipients by hosting “seeing is believing” project visits, donor circle events, round-table discussion groups, philanthropy lectures and presentations, and one-on-one donor support. The development of the Philanthropy Fellowship has created a network of local philanthropists who not only provide significant financial support but encourage others to give, committing their time, skills and resources to promote philanthropy.

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  • Mirboo North and District Community Foundation

    Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia – 2010

    Grantmaking to local organisations particularly in the Youth & Health & Wellbeing field. Collaboration and partnerships between community organisations Understanding of community needs and how philanthropy can help

    Grantmaking to local organisations particularly in the Youth & Health & Wellbeing field. Collaboration and partnerships between community organisations Understanding of community needs and how philanthropy can help

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  • Mongolian Women's Fund (MONES)

    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – 2000

    - Established rural networks of women's NGOs and civil society groups that work on gender equality and women's rights protection, thus stronger collaboration among them in advocacy campaigns and governance monitoring. - Legislation and national policies on combating sexual harassment on workplace are put in place. Better...

    - Established rural networks of women's NGOs and civil society groups that work on gender equality and women's rights protection, thus stronger collaboration among them in advocacy campaigns and governance monitoring. - Legislation and national policies on combating sexual harassment on workplace are put in place. Better protection services to survivors. - Legislation on better prevention of domestic violence and protection of survivors are put in place.

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  • Morden Area Foundation

    Morden, Manitoba, Canada – 1993

    Over the past three years we have contributed $50,000 toward the planned building of a new seniors residence, to serve many of the community members who conceived, initiated and have supported the foundation.

    Over the past three years we have contributed $50,000 toward the planned building of a new seniors residence, to serve many of the community members who conceived, initiated and have supported the foundation.

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  • Morogoro Municipal Community Foundation

    Morogoro Municipality, Morogoro, Tanzania – 2005

    Supported municipal cleaning women groups who started with brooms and now have wheelbarrows and uniforms. Supported flood victims in the Kilosa area with food and health care to the tune of US$20,000. Provided grants for rehabilitation of municipal mortuary buildings and to hospital units for 400 bedsheets,...

    Supported municipal cleaning women groups who started with brooms and now have wheelbarrows and uniforms. Supported flood victims in the Kilosa area with food and health care to the tune of US$20,000. Provided grants for rehabilitation of municipal mortuary buildings and to hospital units for 400 bedsheets, 200 blankets and 20 wall fans. Provided seed funds to a group of youth involved in waste collection and recycling, enabling them to purchase tools to produce organic fertilizers from wastes.

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  • Morton Community Foundation

    Morton, Illinois, United States – 2000

    We have made strong inroads into involving our community in philanthropic giving. Many more people are aware of how they can use the foundation to accomplish their charitable goals. We’ve impacted our community in a very positive way with our grant making, Donor Advised funds, and handling...

    We have made strong inroads into involving our community in philanthropic giving. Many more people are aware of how they can use the foundation to accomplish their charitable goals. We’ve impacted our community in a very positive way with our grant making, Donor Advised funds, and handling of pass-through funds for local capital campaign projects..

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  • Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment

    PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States – 2008

    We are a relatively new foundation and have only been raising funds for the last couple of years. As such, we don’t have a lot of tangible “projects” to point to, but the work we are doing to build a permanent fund to support our community is...

    We are a relatively new foundation and have only been raising funds for the last couple of years. As such, we don’t have a lot of tangible “projects” to point to, but the work we are doing to build a permanent fund to support our community is our most meaningful change. We will continue to work to build a culture of long-term thinking and giving in the municipality.

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  • Muskoka Community Foundation

    Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada – 2007

    In November 2012 we created the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund, which responds to emergent community needs. One year later, through donations, good stewardship and a wise investment strategy, the fund had doubled in value, and we were able to make our first grants to three charities...

    In November 2012 we created the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund, which responds to emergent community needs. One year later, through donations, good stewardship and a wise investment strategy, the fund had doubled in value, and we were able to make our first grants to three charities to provide funding for initiatives that address poverty in Muskoka.

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  • Napanee District Community Foundation

    Napnee, Ontario, Canada – 1987

    The foundation encourages organizations throughout the County of Lennox and Addington. Thus, our grants better reflect support to all county residents.

    The foundation encourages organizations throughout the County of Lennox and Addington. Thus, our grants better reflect support to all county residents.

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  • Naseej Foundation - Resources for Community Youth Development in the Arab World

    Amman, Arab Region, Jordan

    Our most valuable and meaningful change is the number of partners, both organizations and individuals, who have gradually started to believe in themselves and their ability to bring change. People have started to believe more in their communities and to appreciate the essence of networking and collaboration,...

    Our most valuable and meaningful change is the number of partners, both organizations and individuals, who have gradually started to believe in themselves and their ability to bring change. People have started to believe more in their communities and to appreciate the essence of networking and collaboration, not only within countries but within the Arab world.

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  • Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust

    Colombo , Western Province, Sri Lanka – 2000

    Enabled and strengthened local CBOs and community leaders' (especially women) ability to be active change makers and contribute substantively to achieve social justice

    Enabled and strengthened local CBOs and community leaders' (especially women) ability to be active change makers and contribute substantively to achieve social justice

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  • New Braunfels Area Community Foundation

    New Braunfels, Texas, United States – 2012

    Our community foundation is in its infancy. Its formation and introduction into the community has been our biggest focus. Educating the community and especially the professional advisors and decision makers about who we are and the services we provide has been the most significant change.

    Our community foundation is in its infancy. Its formation and introduction into the community has been our biggest focus. Educating the community and especially the professional advisors and decision makers about who we are and the services we provide has been the most significant change.

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  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

    Concord, New Hampshire, United States – 1962

    Adopting an aspirational vision for our state and realigning our strategy, our organizational structure, our resources and our relationships to achieve it

    Adopting an aspirational vision for our state and realigning our strategy, our organizational structure, our resources and our relationships to achieve it

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  • Nikau Foundation

    Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand – 1991

    Our consistent grantmaking over the past several years has led the community to see us as a reliable source of funding.

    Our consistent grantmaking over the past several years has led the community to see us as a reliable source of funding.

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  • Nirnaya

    Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India – 1998

    In the Kelamangalam and Thaly blocks of Krishnagiri, Tamilnadu, women members of the local Panchayati Raj institutions have successfully managed to claim about 1,178 community certificates, 119 old-age pensions, 141 ration cards, 214 house site pattas, 51 birth certificates, 40 voter identity cards and 34 family cards,...

    In the Kelamangalam and Thaly blocks of Krishnagiri, Tamilnadu, women members of the local Panchayati Raj institutions have successfully managed to claim about 1,178 community certificates, 119 old-age pensions, 141 ration cards, 214 house site pattas, 51 birth certificates, 40 voter identity cards and 34 family cards, as well as establish eight ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) centers, 15 new houses, a school compound wall, a burial ground and concrete roads. This is no mean achievement, for it reflects the growing awareness, capacity and willingness of Irula women to interact with government agencies, tackle red tape and take a stand for their rights as equal citizens of this country.

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  • Nitra Community Foundation

    Nitra, Slovakia – 2000

    We developed an effective public relations strategy that increased participation in our annual Club of Donors event from 35 to 139. Our six-month campaign was boosted by the participation of popular younger sports and entertainment figures and a new Internet application for electronic giving.

    We developed an effective public relations strategy that increased participation in our annual Club of Donors event from 35 to 139. Our six-month campaign was boosted by the participation of popular younger sports and entertainment figures and a new Internet application for electronic giving.

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  • Noble County Community Foundation

    Ligonier, Indiana, United States – 1991

    We initiated a program called “Where Does Your Money Go?” through local partnerships of nonprofit organizations. The program is directed toward young new families and young adults, helping them to define the difference between a “want” and a “need” and teaching them to save for the future...

    We initiated a program called “Where Does Your Money Go?” through local partnerships of nonprofit organizations. The program is directed toward young new families and young adults, helping them to define the difference between a “want” and a “need” and teaching them to save for the future and budget their monthly finances in a way that will help them get to the next level.

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  • North Shore Community Foundation

    North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – 1988

    The foundation organizes a major fundraising event each year. Over the past six years we have raised more than $700,000, with roughly half going to a variety of community projects and the other half invested in endowment funds that have grown substantially and are now contributing annually...

    The foundation organizes a major fundraising event each year. Over the past six years we have raised more than $700,000, with roughly half going to a variety of community projects and the other half invested in endowment funds that have grown substantially and are now contributing annually to local social needs.

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  • North Thompson Communities Foundation

    Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada – 2003

    Last spring the foundation offered a proposal writing workshop to valley residents in partnership with the Lower North Thompson Community Forest and the Little Fort Recreation Society. The workshop attracted more than 50 local residents. Hiring a professional facilitator, leaving plenty of time for Q&A, and working...

    Last spring the foundation offered a proposal writing workshop to valley residents in partnership with the Lower North Thompson Community Forest and the Little Fort Recreation Society. The workshop attracted more than 50 local residents. Hiring a professional facilitator, leaving plenty of time for Q&A, and working with the local 4-H Club (who provided our lunch) were excellent ways of building the capacity of individuals and local proposal writers.

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  • Oakville Community Foundation

    Oakville, Ontario, Canada – 1994

    We’ve started on a path to reinvent the organization for greater impact. Going forward we will be making grants to programs that change lives, rather than merely sustain people in their current circumstances. In addition, we are on a path to lend some of our capital to...

    We’ve started on a path to reinvent the organization for greater impact. Going forward we will be making grants to programs that change lives, rather than merely sustain people in their current circumstances. In addition, we are on a path to lend some of our capital to charities to foster their growth and greater sustainability.

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  • Oklahoma City Community Foundation

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States – 1968

    Partnering with GuideStar to launch GiveSmartOKC.org, a powerful online resource designed to encourage informed charitable giving in central Oklahoma. It is free to nonprofits to join and it is free to use. The website provides in-depth information about nearly 250 charitable organizations in the region. GiveSmartOKC.org promotes...

    Partnering with GuideStar to launch GiveSmartOKC.org, a powerful online resource designed to encourage informed charitable giving in central Oklahoma. It is free to nonprofits to join and it is free to use. The website provides in-depth information about nearly 250 charitable organizations in the region. GiveSmartOKC.org promotes transparency and is being used by other grantmakers.

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  • Olympic View Community Foundation

    Sequim, Washington, United States – 2000

    For the past 10 years, the foundation languished due to the passive nature of being run by an all-volunteer board in a very rural, low-population community. However, due to an unusual partnership with a local bank whereby 1% of all purchases made on their community credit card...

    For the past 10 years, the foundation languished due to the passive nature of being run by an all-volunteer board in a very rural, low-population community. However, due to an unusual partnership with a local bank whereby 1% of all purchases made on their community credit card is returned to the community through our organization in the form of small grants, we have had a low profile among local nonprofits. We received a grant in the last quarter of 2012 to fund a staff position to rebuild and renew the organization in terms of infrastructure and operations. We are coming into the second year of that grant and feel we are making headway. We are in discussion with the city regarding a public/private partnership to rehabilitate a small community center. Our five-year strategy is to undertake this rather large, high-profile project and others that will help our community and simultaneously raise the foundation’s profile, which should result in growth of our endowment assets.

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  • Orange County Community Foundation

    Newport Beach, California, United States – 1989

    We launched our first community report on local needs and created a website where people can continue to learn, connect with each other and find local nonprofits through the first online database of local nonprofit organizations in our community. See www.connectoc.org and ocnonprofitcentral.org.

    We launched our first community report on local needs and created a website where people can continue to learn, connect with each other and find local nonprofits through the first online database of local nonprofit organizations in our community. See www.connectoc.org and ocnonprofitcentral.org.

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  • Orange County Community Foundation, Inc.

    Paoli, Indiana, United States – 1996

    We led the drive toward community cleanup, spearheaded environmental efforts throughout Orange County and served as administrators to the Orange County Development Commission, which is currently providing funding for renovations of main corridors throughout the county. We just finished producing a video promoting county pride to further...

    We led the drive toward community cleanup, spearheaded environmental efforts throughout Orange County and served as administrators to the Orange County Development Commission, which is currently providing funding for renovations of main corridors throughout the county. We just finished producing a video promoting county pride to further instill within residents here the many reasons to be positive about their community, hosted a number of collaborative and training events for local nonprofits, and worked with state and regional groups in promoting economic development and job training.

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  • Oxbow Community Foundation

    Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada – 2010

    We have increased our grant amount yearly, distributing funds to many children-related organizations.

    We have increased our grant amount yearly, distributing funds to many children-related organizations.

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  • Oxford Community Foundation

    Woodstock, Ontario, Canada – 2002

    Our grants tend to be small, usually capital in nature, but have helped a number of organizations to add the extras that make a program successful. For example, OCF purchased equipment that allowed the Badminton Club to extend a program to teenagers. For a breakfast and snack...

    Our grants tend to be small, usually capital in nature, but have helped a number of organizations to add the extras that make a program successful. For example, OCF purchased equipment that allowed the Badminton Club to extend a program to teenagers. For a breakfast and snack program in the county’s schools, OCF provided funding for new blenders, dishwashers, cooking and storage equipment, and freezers for more than 30 schools. For the Navy League, which provides a youth program for more than 150 young people between the ages of 8 and 15, OCF funded the repair of their boat shed and the purchase of tables and chairs for their mess hall. The foundation also sponsored a film series for the local museum.

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  • Park City Community Foundation

    Park City, Utah, United States – 2007

    We have increased the awareness of how nonprofit organizations enhance our lives every day and have encouraged more citizens to support them.

    We have increased the awareness of how nonprofit organizations enhance our lives every day and have encouraged more citizens to support them.

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  • Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates

    Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States – 1963

    Our organization is working on a home-grown initiative, the Civic Leaders Fellowship. Three years ago, we deliberately sought out the sentiments of people in our 11-county service region of West Virginia and Ohio. Our communities have a lot of issues, including poor health and environmental and housing...

    Our organization is working on a home-grown initiative, the Civic Leaders Fellowship. Three years ago, we deliberately sought out the sentiments of people in our 11-county service region of West Virginia and Ohio. Our communities have a lot of issues, including poor health and environmental and housing concerns, but what concerned them most was the lack of opportunity for our next generation. We have a major out-migration of our educated young because there are no entry-level work opportunities for them post-college. This creates a cycle where we have no one stepping up to follow in key roles in our civic clubs and to fulfill other needs. We decided that this was an issue around which we could bring both knowledge and resources and initiated a formal program of work plus social engagement in the life of our region. Three years into the program, we are making some headway in providing meaningful summer work experiences while concurrently providing student employment and training for our young persons. Pre- and post-testing show substantial gains in both civic learning and interest in the 24 young persons who have participated so far.

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  • Penza Community Foundation “Civil Unity”

    Penza, Penzenskaya Oblast, Russia – 2002

    A growing number of civil society activists in our community are ready to deal with social problems as volunteers. They create informal movements and interest groups.

    A growing number of civil society activists in our community are ready to deal with social problems as volunteers. They create informal movements and interest groups.

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  • Perth and District Community Foundation

    Perth, Ontario, Canada – 2001

    Aware that there wasn’t a central database or source for interested volunteers to learn about volunteer opportunities in our area, we partnered with the local Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Perth to initiate and co-sponsor a Volunteer Opportunities Fair which enters its third year in...

    Aware that there wasn’t a central database or source for interested volunteers to learn about volunteer opportunities in our area, we partnered with the local Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Perth to initiate and co-sponsor a Volunteer Opportunities Fair which enters its third year in 2014. More than 35 community agencies and charities from across the county participate and showcase their organization and its needs at the event, which is held during National Volunteer Week.

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  • Pervouralsk Community Foundation

    Pervouralsk, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Russia – 2000

    We are the only post-crisis organization that provides real support to the nonprofit sector through social project competitions and fundraising campaigns.

    We are the only post-crisis organization that provides real support to the nonprofit sector through social project competitions and fundraising campaigns.

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  • Phelps County Community Foundation

    Holdrege, Nebraska, United States – 1976

    Two initiatives have become important to our organization. Our young leaders group, called the Future Fund, has about 150 members who each pay $10 per month to belong and offer one grant cycle per year where they choose important projects and programs to invest in. The second...

    Two initiatives have become important to our organization. Our young leaders group, called the Future Fund, has about 150 members who each pay $10 per month to belong and offer one grant cycle per year where they choose important projects and programs to invest in. The second initiative has been the decision to host a giving day/match day in both 2012 and 2013. This has allowed us to elevate the great work of our local nonprofits. By providing a prorated match to each gift given by a donor, these gifts become more meaningful.

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  • Phuket Community Foundation

    Phuket, Thailand – 2007

    Our toy libraries have been a huge success, bringing joy to several thousand children in a number of schools and also encouraging philanthropy in young children who are better off than those in poor rural areas. Scholarships granted to medical students have paid off, with all of...

    Our toy libraries have been a huge success, bringing joy to several thousand children in a number of schools and also encouraging philanthropy in young children who are better off than those in poor rural areas. Scholarships granted to medical students have paid off, with all of our students graduating and working in government hospitals to improve public health. Our support of a local youth running club has helped to make Phuket a leading active and healthy lifestyle destination. We are also working with students to develop a program to teach road safety in schools.

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  • Piedmont Community Foundation

    Middleburg, Virginia, United States – 1999

    We have helped to facilitate a powerful giving circle among women.

    We have helped to facilitate a powerful giving circle among women.

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  • Pikes Peak Community Foundation

    Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States – 1996

    Significant focus on supporting social entrepreneurs, launching innovative programs and projects, and increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations to serve our community

    Significant focus on supporting social entrepreneurs, launching innovative programs and projects, and increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations to serve our community

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  • Pinawa Foundation

    Pinawa, Manitoba, Canada – 2010

    The foundation has become an important resource for various local charities that need active volunteers. These groups need funds to maintain their important work, but the aging of the volunteer population makes the job more challenging every year.

    The foundation has become an important resource for various local charities that need active volunteers. These groups need funds to maintain their important work, but the aging of the volunteer population makes the job more challenging every year.

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  • Piqua Community Foundation

    Piqua, Ohio, United States – 1993

    Our foundation has helped assist several local initiatives by serving as the conduit for their fundraising efforts. In the past few years, we have facilitated three drives: first, to renovate and restore a 100+-year-old historic building that now houses the public library, a banquet facility, a local...

    Our foundation has helped assist several local initiatives by serving as the conduit for their fundraising efforts. In the past few years, we have facilitated three drives: first, to renovate and restore a 100+-year-old historic building that now houses the public library, a banquet facility, a local candystore/coffeehouse and a restaurant/bar; second, provided artificial turf for our local high school football field, allowing safer playing conditions and all-weather use of the stadium for tournament games which raises funds for the athletic department; and third, allowed the renovation of our local historical site that honors native American heritage and our historic participation in the Miami-Erie canal system. In each case, we worked with local organizations or schools that were without the means to conduct the financial part of their fundraising campaign.

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  • Placer Community Foundation

    Auburn, California, United States – 2005

    We ensured that all foster youth in our community have access to technology via a laptop computer; studied the food system in our community, convened organizations that provide food to the hungry, and funded a mapping effort to identify areas of need and then a mobile food...

    We ensured that all foster youth in our community have access to technology via a laptop computer; studied the food system in our community, convened organizations that provide food to the hungry, and funded a mapping effort to identify areas of need and then a mobile food pantry distribution effort; and provided significant training and development to nonprofit board members. In addition, our scholarships to STEM students at a local community college is intended to boost the regional economy.

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  • Pondong Batangan Community Foundation

    Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines – 1999

    We have raised the level of awareness about the socioeconomic-cultural development needs of our communities, inspiring people to reach out and offer support.

    We have raised the level of awareness about the socioeconomic-cultural development needs of our communities, inspiring people to reach out and offer support.

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  • Port Moody Foundation

    Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada – 1989

    The foundation was a key contributor to the establishment of a Community Garden, partnering with the Port Moody Police Department, the City of Port Moody and a local farmer’s market organization.

    The foundation was a key contributor to the establishment of a Community Garden, partnering with the Port Moody Police Department, the City of Port Moody and a local farmer’s market organization.

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  • Powell County Community Foundation

    Deer Lodge, Montana, United States – 1999

    We helped several organizations that had survived the recession but been weakened to the point that they faced uncertain futures until we got them back on track with a few timely grants. Now they are thriving.

    We helped several organizations that had survived the recession but been weakened to the point that they faced uncertain futures until we got them back on track with a few timely grants. Now they are thriving.

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  • Prince George Community Foundation

    Prince George, British Columbia, Canada – 1995

    Philanthropy is not the sole responsibility of wealthy people. Every gift to a foundation is important, no matter the size. Philanthropy is now “everybody’s business.”

    Philanthropy is not the sole responsibility of wealthy people. Every gift to a foundation is important, no matter the size. Philanthropy is now “everybody’s business.”

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  • Red Deer and District Community Foundation

    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada – 1989

    Over the past five years the foundation has taken the lead in the implementation of our city’s Plan Towards Ending Homelessness.

    Over the past five years the foundation has taken the lead in the implementation of our city’s Plan Towards Ending Homelessness.

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  • Regional Information-Resource Fund

    Ulyanovsk, Ulyanovskaya Oblast, Russia – 2001

    Last year, together with several other organizations, we managed to unite our city’s strongest and most interesting NGOs. The reactivation of the Ulyanovsk Club of NGO leaders (which includes 15 organizations) renewed a discussion platform, bringing us together for joint campaigns in the field of urban charity....

    Last year, together with several other organizations, we managed to unite our city’s strongest and most interesting NGOs. The reactivation of the Ulyanovsk Club of NGO leaders (which includes 15 organizations) renewed a discussion platform, bringing us together for joint campaigns in the field of urban charity. This December the charity festival “Kind Ulyanovsk” will be held in the city.

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  • Rhode Island Foundation

    Providence, Rhode Island, United States – 1916

    Our donor-funded Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship gives Innovation Fellows up to $300,000 over three years to develop, test and implement ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve an area of life in the state. Two Fellows will be named each year. The donors created a Field...

    Our donor-funded Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship gives Innovation Fellows up to $300,000 over three years to develop, test and implement ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve an area of life in the state. Two Fellows will be named each year. The donors created a Field of Interest fund at the foundation and left it to us to develop and launch the program. Four fellowships have been awarded to individuals with pioneering ideas to fuel job creation and economic growth in Rhode Island, eradicate hepatitis C and integrate “design thinking” into our public schools. We are now in the third year of the program and accepting applications for 2014 fellows. This opportunity challenged many of our beliefs about risk-taking and community investments. It has led us to expand our role as a civic leader in addressing the economic hardships Rhode Island is currently facing in new and innovative ways. In September 2012 we convened over 300 participants from the private sector to set a new economic course for Rhode Island. This led us to commit $1 million above and beyond our regular grantmaking to fund projects initiated from this convening to stimulate the economy.

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  • Richmond Community Foundation

    Richmond, California, United States – 1999

    We have been able to build effective models of collective impact to address community issues, especially the area of economic security.

    We have been able to build effective models of collective impact to address community issues, especially the area of economic security.

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  • Rubtsovsk Community Foundation

    Rubtsovsk, Altai Krai, Russia – 2000

    Over the past three years, charitable activity on the part of citizens and organizations in the community has significantly increased.

    Over the past three years, charitable activity on the part of citizens and organizations in the community has significantly increased.

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  • Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia

    Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada – 1999

    Rural Nova Scotia is part of a global trend where a declining population results in declining services. Rural communities differ from each other in so many ways that there is no single, sure-fire way to reverse this trend. It has to be addressed from the perspective of...

    Rural Nova Scotia is part of a global trend where a declining population results in declining services. Rural communities differ from each other in so many ways that there is no single, sure-fire way to reverse this trend. It has to be addressed from the perspective of residents who know their community and who can determine how to deal with the issues they face. That is why our foundation identified “Leadership Development” and “Innovation” as the two points of emphasis for its granting strategy. Projects funded by the foundation respect the variety of development outcomes proposed by applicant communities. Our emphasis is simply to require that each project attend to leadership development and innovation as it is being carried out. See our Community Stories page: http://www.ruralcommunitiesfdn.ca/?page_id=251.

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  • Rush County Community Foundation

    Rushville, Indiana, United States – 1991

    We have helped a number of students with scholarships and awarded grants to the county.

    We have helped a number of students with scholarships and awarded grants to the county.

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  • Sainik Foundation

    New Delhi, Delhi, India – 1997

    From its inception, our foundation has experimented with grassroots development structures at the village level so that communities can become stakeholders in upgrading their quality of life. We evolved small autonomous development cells funded through various sources such as village treasuries. This concept was refined and consolidated...

    From its inception, our foundation has experimented with grassroots development structures at the village level so that communities can become stakeholders in upgrading their quality of life. We evolved small autonomous development cells funded through various sources such as village treasuries. This concept was refined and consolidated once we received a small grant from the Global Fund for Community Foundations. Fourteen small treasuries were registered, generating an entirely new perspective for local self-governance with complete control by community choice of objectives for development and implementation.

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  • San Diego Foundation

    San Diego, California, United States – 1975

    We have developed neighborhood charitable foundations.

    We have developed neighborhood charitable foundations.

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  • San Francisco Foundation

    San Francisco, California, United States – 1948

    Through our grantmaking programs and through various initiatives we have been able to reach many different communities in the Bay Area. One of our initiatives that has had the greatest and most timely impact was our Recession Recovery program. The foundation acted quickly to shore up the...

    Through our grantmaking programs and through various initiatives we have been able to reach many different communities in the Bay Area. One of our initiatives that has had the greatest and most timely impact was our Recession Recovery program. The foundation acted quickly to shore up the region’s safety net, making a $15 million commitment over three years to support our nonprofit partners, supporting food banks, domestic violence prevention, healthcare access, legal services, job training and creation and foreclosure response. This quick action allowed 53 critical nonprofits to keep their doors open and to build financial stability. By leveraging our funding, the state contributed an additional $10 million to foreclosure relief and recovery. This initiative ended up being a great success for contributing to strengthening and sustaining some of the Bay Area’s most vulnerable residents.

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  • Santa Fe Community Foundation

    Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States – 1981

    We created a visible and heavily utilized “Hub for Social Innovation,” which attracts over 3,000 users a year for community information gathering, workshops, training, opportunities to network, fostering collaboration and so on.

    We created a visible and heavily utilized “Hub for Social Innovation,” which attracts over 3,000 users a year for community information gathering, workshops, training, opportunities to network, fostering collaboration and so on.

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  • Scott County Community Foundation

    Scottsburg, Indiana, United States – 1997

    The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides free books each month for children from birth through age five, continues to grow and exceed the Dollywood Foundation projections for children enrolled. While it is too early to evaluate the long-term effects of this program, we are confident it...

    The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides free books each month for children from birth through age five, continues to grow and exceed the Dollywood Foundation projections for children enrolled. While it is too early to evaluate the long-term effects of this program, we are confident it will increase early childhood literacy. The Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council, which teaches philanthropy to youth in grades 5-12, also continues to grow, with over 40 members. The students learn about leadership, fundraising, grantmaking and community service. We continue to work with the community foundations in Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Washington counties in the Education Matters Southern Indiana initiative, which seeks to increase the post-secondary educational attainment level for adults who have started but not yet completed some type of degree or certification.

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  • SIMAG Foundation

    Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines – 1989

    Self-reliance is our most meaningful change. Our local communities organize and work together on solutions to their problems. Our foundation has gone from being a provider to a catalyst, helping people work to change their situations themselves.

    Self-reliance is our most meaningful change. Our local communities organize and work together on solutions to their problems. Our foundation has gone from being a provider to a catalyst, helping people work to change their situations themselves.

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  • Social Trust Fund

    Jakarta Selatan, Jakarta Special Region, Indonesia – 2012

    Our community health program targets low-income families. We created it, pilot it, and run it. About 2,000 people are now members of this health-saving program.

    Our community health program targets low-income families. We created it, pilot it, and run it. About 2,000 people are now members of this health-saving program.

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  • Sokółka Community Foundation

    Sokółka, Podlaskie, Poland – 2000

    We have expanded our scale of operations to seven counties. Over the past four years we have granted 760 scholarships with a total value of US$355,300.

    We have expanded our scale of operations to seven counties. Over the past four years we have granted 760 scholarships with a total value of US$355,300.

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  • Sonora Area Foundation

    Sonora, California, United States – 1989

    The level at which we positively impact the youth of our area, whether through program support for at-risk youth, scholarships to local students or broader support for youth through the arts, health or human services.

    The level at which we positively impact the youth of our area, whether through program support for at-risk youth, scholarships to local students or broader support for youth through the arts, health or human services.

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  • Southern Colorado Community Foundation

    Pueblo, Colorado, United States – 1998

    We provide scholarships to students at Colorado State University in Pueblo. The university football program was eliminated several years ago, then recently reinstated with a state-of-the-art stadium built through private donations. Our foundation provides $150,000 in scholarships to athletes through a donor-advised fund. The reintroduction of football...

    We provide scholarships to students at Colorado State University in Pueblo. The university football program was eliminated several years ago, then recently reinstated with a state-of-the-art stadium built through private donations. Our foundation provides $150,000 in scholarships to athletes through a donor-advised fund. The reintroduction of football has significantly increased the university’s enrollment as well as its visibility not only regionally but nationally.

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  • Southwest Florida Community Foundation

    Fort Myers, Florida, United States – 1976

    In the last two years we have moved from being the No Foundation to the Yes Foundation. We have opened the foundation’s doors to establish a community hub rather than being a quiet, bank-like institution. We have engaged people from across our five-county region to become involved...

    In the last two years we have moved from being the No Foundation to the Yes Foundation. We have opened the foundation’s doors to establish a community hub rather than being a quiet, bank-like institution. We have engaged people from across our five-county region to become involved in solving the issues facing our region. We have sought to change both our culture and business model to become conveners, information specialists around community need, and a place to come to make a measurable impact through giving. To that end we launched a regional call to action around college and career access and are working with community and national partners to launch our high school seniors into college and careers with intention and velocity.

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  • Spartanburg County Foundation

    Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States – 1943

    As the oldest community foundation in South Carolina, we are looked upon as a leader in the Spartanburg community, the region and throughout the United States. Over the past decade, we have made strategic efforts to inform the community that the foundation is much more than a...

    As the oldest community foundation in South Carolina, we are looked upon as a leader in the Spartanburg community, the region and throughout the United States. Over the past decade, we have made strategic efforts to inform the community that the foundation is much more than a grantmaker; it is a knowledge source, a convener and a leader when it comes to identifying solutions to the community’s most pressing needs. For the past 27 years, the foundation has led what is known today as the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, a nationally recognized best practice initiative that reports on the progress of key issues that are the clearest indicators of quality of life in Spartanburg County. In 2004, we launched the Grassroots Leadership Development Institute, an intense seven-month leadership training program designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skill-set and resources to be effective in leading change at the grassroots level. To date, we have graduated more than 225 individuals from this program who are currently serving the community in various capacities. In 2011, we launched Nonprofit Connect, a series of monthly lunch and learn sessions aimed at building the capacity of area nonprofits. We have a voice at the table when it comes to identifying solutions for our communities’ most pressing needs and have proactively sought out opportunities to lead these discussions. Examples of this can be found in the Senior Wellness Initiative, which is focused on keeping seniors independent, healthy, active, learning and engaged in the community; and through the Healthy Organization Institute, a comprehensive, capacity-building training program to help organizations increase their health and effectiveness. The foundation has also ramped up its donor work through Donor Connect, which provides donors with the resources needed to meet philanthropic goals and maximize their impact. This is accomplished through one-on-one communication, education and networking events, and 24/7 access to their fund information through our website.

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  • Springfield Foundation

    Springfield, Ohio, United States – 1948

    We have worked hard to get organizations to collaborate on local issues. Because of our work, organizations are working together better and getting more done.

    We have worked hard to get organizations to collaborate on local issues. Because of our work, organizations are working together better and getting more done.

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  • St. Croix Foundation

    Christiansted, Virgin Islands, United States – 1990

    We have recognized that all roads to addressing our socioeconomic issues lead back to education. In response to the record of poor student performance and the rise in youth violence, we have become the leading voice for educational reform. While it has not yet gained sufficient traction...

    We have recognized that all roads to addressing our socioeconomic issues lead back to education. In response to the record of poor student performance and the rise in youth violence, we have become the leading voice for educational reform. While it has not yet gained sufficient traction to result in reform, we have galvanized enough of our community to begin this critical discussion.

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  • Stanislaus Community Foundation

    Modesto, California, United States – 2001

    We have experienced significant organizational change in the last fiscal year with the hire of a new CEO and the creation of a program officer position. Although the foundation has acted as a trusted steward of community assets for over ten years, our visibility in the community...

    We have experienced significant organizational change in the last fiscal year with the hire of a new CEO and the creation of a program officer position. Although the foundation has acted as a trusted steward of community assets for over ten years, our visibility in the community has remained low. As we transition from primarily a “transactional” to a “transformational” community foundation, our main focus is to increase our organization’s visibility, to learn about and understand the community to inform our grantmaking, and to develop stronger relationships with public agencies and community organizations. In the past year, we have made large strides in reaching these goals through the implementation of a strategic marketing plan, participation in key community collaboratives around education and health, conducting nonprofit site visits and interviews, and the development of a new discretionary grant cycle. Consequently, these tactical activities have helped to forge stronger ties with new and existing fund holders, which has led to increased charitable giving in our community.

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  • Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation

    Stanwood, Washington, United States – 1960

    In 2013, in our small community of only 30,000 people, $125,000 in scholarship funds was contributed by 84 different local donor groups and awarded to 122 graduating seniors. Every year more individuals and organizations become aware of and wish to participate in the scholarship program, making it...

    In 2013, in our small community of only 30,000 people, $125,000 in scholarship funds was contributed by 84 different local donor groups and awarded to 122 graduating seniors. Every year more individuals and organizations become aware of and wish to participate in the scholarship program, making it one of the most successful scholarship programs in the nation for a community of our size.

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  • Stowarzyszenie Czajnia

    Tomaszów Lubelski, Lublin, Poland – 2004

    Our most meaningful change has been enhancing a sense of community in the district of Tomaszów and increasing social capital by building a professional NGO.

    Our most meaningful change has been enhancing a sense of community in the district of Tomaszów and increasing social capital by building a professional NGO.

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  • Streekfonds West-Vlaanderen

    Kortrijk, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium – 2001

    We have managed to differentiate ourselves from other charitable organizations as a noncompeting, independent and convening body. Local donors and community organizations now understand that we are there to work with them.

    We have managed to differentiate ourselves from other charitable organizations as a noncompeting, independent and convening body. Local donors and community organizations now understand that we are there to work with them.

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  • Sudbury Community Foundation

    Sudbury, Ontario, Canada – 1996

    Our annual “Vital Signs” indicator reports have brought meaningful change to our community in a number of areas: Findings have led to municipal policy changes. Local for-profit and nonprofit boards have used the report in their strategic planning activities. Local employers have used it in their recruitment...

    Our annual “Vital Signs” indicator reports have brought meaningful change to our community in a number of areas: Findings have led to municipal policy changes. Local for-profit and nonprofit boards have used the report in their strategic planning activities. Local employers have used it in their recruitment drives. Schools have used class sets to teach students about the community and how to read statistical information. Emerging trends have been identified, and public meetings have been convened.

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  • Sunshine Coast Community Foundation

    Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada – 2003

    In 2009, our triannual “Vital Signs” report proved statistically what we suspected to be true: we were an aging population. We convened a community dialogue called “Attracting, Retaining, and Employing Young Adults.” From this discussion, young adults themselves created a group called Voice on the Coast, and...

    In 2009, our triannual “Vital Signs” report proved statistically what we suspected to be true: we were an aging population. We convened a community dialogue called “Attracting, Retaining, and Employing Young Adults.” From this discussion, young adults themselves created a group called Voice on the Coast, and with some funding and mentorship help from us and other community groups they are making a difference in our community. One successfully implemented project is a shared work hub site which is gaining traction. The group is working on creating a second site and have been actively attracting young adults outside our community.

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  • Sussex Area Community Foundation

    Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada – 2003

    Three years ago, the chair of our small community foundation took the bold step of introducing the idea of hiring a part-time executive director. As there is little administrative money available within our budget, it meant that the board would have to take on the role of...

    Three years ago, the chair of our small community foundation took the bold step of introducing the idea of hiring a part-time executive director. As there is little administrative money available within our budget, it meant that the board would have to take on the role of fundraiser for this position’s salary. Our first fundraiser was “The Best Things in Life: Children and Chocolate,” an evening of entertainment by a local children’s choir with a local chef creating chocolate refreshments. This was followed by two successful “Celebrate Mothers: Lobster Dinner Take-Out” events. These fundraisers permitted the hiring of a part-time executive director and have sparked many new contacts and conversations about our foundation and its contribution to the area.

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  • Svirsk Community Foundation

    Svirsk, Irkutskaya Oblast, Russia – 2007

    Due to our work in the city, three charitable programs aimed at the development of Svirsk are consistently implemented. With our help, several facilities have been renovated and landscaped. Festive events are held for children. Over the past three years we have raised US$600,000.

    Due to our work in the city, three charitable programs aimed at the development of Svirsk are consistently implemented. With our help, several facilities have been renovated and landscaped. Festive events are held for children. Over the past three years we have raised US$600,000.

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  • Sydney Community Foundation

    Royal Exchange, New South Wales, Australia – 2003

    Our most meaningful change has been our work in Warwick Farm, a small community in the Liverpool area with approximately 3,000 residents that is characterized by generational unemployment, drugs and crime, homelessness and food insecurity. Within 12 months of establishing a collective impact program, we have 11...

    Our most meaningful change has been our work in Warwick Farm, a small community in the Liverpool area with approximately 3,000 residents that is characterized by generational unemployment, drugs and crime, homelessness and food insecurity. Within 12 months of establishing a collective impact program, we have 11 educational and employment projects running in the neighborhood and at its technology high school, which are funded by a diverse group of individual and corporate donors and private foundations.

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  • Telluride Foundation

    Telluride, Colorado, United States – 2000

    We actively pursued utilizing philanthropic resources to create a regional entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem.

    We actively pursued utilizing philanthropic resources to create a regional entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem.

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  • Temagami Community Foundation

    Temagami, Ontario, Canada – 2011

    A weeklong art camp on a native reserve in Temagami brings together aboriginal, local and seasonal youth. Cultural barriers are broken down, cultural awareness is increased and lifelong friendships are made, which will help our community in the future when the youth become our leaders.

    A weeklong art camp on a native reserve in Temagami brings together aboriginal, local and seasonal youth. Cultural barriers are broken down, cultural awareness is increased and lifelong friendships are made, which will help our community in the future when the youth become our leaders.

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  • The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States – 1920

    We have helped create several initiatives in the local community to address homelessness, health literacy, educating the next generation of philanthropist, and increase awareness about women's issues. These are only a few of the initiatives that we have started and we continually work to identity community needs...

    We have helped create several initiatives in the local community to address homelessness, health literacy, educating the next generation of philanthropist, and increase awareness about women's issues. These are only a few of the initiatives that we have started and we continually work to identity community needs and work collaboratively with local community partners for solutions.

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  • The Glenboro Area Foundation Inc.

    Glenboro, Manitoba, Canada – 1987

    Our scholarship program is our most important granting endeavor, both at the high school and mature student level.

    Our scholarship program is our most important granting endeavor, both at the high school and mature student level.

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  • The Sanaburi Foundation

    Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan – 2011

    We joined an alliance of community foundations in Japan and established a multi-stakeholder dialogue.

    We joined an alliance of community foundations in Japan and established a multi-stakeholder dialogue.

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  • Tipton County Foundation

    Tipton, Indiana, United States – 1986

    Our most meaningful change has been in the area of collaboration.

    Our most meaningful change has been in the area of collaboration.

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  • Toledo Community Foundation

    Toledo, Ohio, United States – 1973

    We helped coordinate a multi-organization submission for the National Head Start program. Earlier, many different organizations each applied individually and no local organization received the grant dollars. The process was opened up again and we worked with many of those organizations, hiring a consultant to help draft...

    We helped coordinate a multi-organization submission for the National Head Start program. Earlier, many different organizations each applied individually and no local organization received the grant dollars. The process was opened up again and we worked with many of those organizations, hiring a consultant to help draft the latest application. It was submitted for review in December 2013.

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  • Toronto Foundation

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 1981

    Awareness of a broad range of issues through our “Toronto’s Vital Signs” report; connection of donors to organizations; better understanding of our city

    Awareness of a broad range of issues through our “Toronto’s Vital Signs” report; connection of donors to organizations; better understanding of our city

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  • Truman Heartland Community Foundation

    Independence, Missouri, United States – 1982

    Our Community for All Ages Coalition is making good strides in helping our community proactively and collaboratively plan for the opportunities and challenges of a doubling of the over-65 population in our community in the next 20 years.

    Our Community for All Ages Coalition is making good strides in helping our community proactively and collaboratively plan for the opportunities and challenges of a doubling of the over-65 population in our community in the next 20 years.

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  • Tustin Community Foundation

    Tustin, California, United States – 1994

    The most meaningful change that the Foundation has brought to the greater Tustin area is the networking between local organizations to accomplish more throughout the community.

    The most meaningful change that the Foundation has brought to the greater Tustin area is the networking between local organizations to accomplish more throughout the community.

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  • Tyumen Community Foundation

    Tyumen, Tyumenskaya Oblast, Russia – 1999

    In 2014 our foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary. We’ve retained and multiplied the number of the fund’s participants, both benefactors and beneficiaries. Government subsidies from the Ministry of Economic Development have allowed us to provide information and consulting support to socially oriented nonprofit organizations and to conduct...

    In 2014 our foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary. We’ve retained and multiplied the number of the fund’s participants, both benefactors and beneficiaries. Government subsidies from the Ministry of Economic Development have allowed us to provide information and consulting support to socially oriented nonprofit organizations and to conduct research, seminars and training for NGO leaders. In the Tyumen region we helped to create the first community foundation in this rural area.

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  • Uluntu Community Foundation

    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – 2008

    Our foundation believes that development is collaborative and thus calls for the collective efforts of everyone who is part of the community. We have worked with the communities of Sinkukwe and Zhokwe (Matabeleland South) in uplifting themselves through local initiatives such as market gardening. These garden projects...

    Our foundation believes that development is collaborative and thus calls for the collective efforts of everyone who is part of the community. We have worked with the communities of Sinkukwe and Zhokwe (Matabeleland South) in uplifting themselves through local initiatives such as market gardening. These garden projects provide fresh vegetables not only for local families but also for sale to surrounding communities. Using the extra income they sometimes manage to purchase livestock such as goats and chickens. Neighboring communities have been inspired by their success and have now undertaken backyard market gardening. In our youth civic engagement project, we have successfully engaged young people through the formation of a youth committee in which they work hand in glove with the foundation in addressing the issues that affect them and in coming up with possible solutions. Recently, the foundation has managed to support two youth-led projects, one related to arts and culture and the other a multimedia project.

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  • Ungheni Community Foundation

    Ungheni, Ungheni, Moldova – 2007

    In the past three years we have financed over 60 projects focused on the improvement of peoples’ quality of life. The most meaningful change was that the young people who became involved understood that their civic engagement is important both for the community’s welfare and their personal development.

    In the past three years we have financed over 60 projects focused on the improvement of peoples’ quality of life. The most meaningful change was that the young people who became involved understood that their civic engagement is important both for the community’s welfare and their personal development.

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  • Unity Foundation of La Porte County

    Michigan City, Indiana, United States – 1992

    Good organizations frequently reinvent themselves. Three years ago we did just that. We updated our mission and vision and narrowed our focus to three areas: strengthening the foundation itself, building assets, and strengthening the communities of La Porte County. As a result of this refined focus, we...

    Good organizations frequently reinvent themselves. Three years ago we did just that. We updated our mission and vision and narrowed our focus to three areas: strengthening the foundation itself, building assets, and strengthening the communities of La Porte County. As a result of this refined focus, we are much more involved in community leadership activities. And a lot of things have happened as a result, the biggest being the rescue of a two-acre property on Pine Lake that was to become a six-story condo, blocking the view of the beautiful lake to all who passed by. We are progressing in our fundraising and plan to acquire, develop and endow this public place and gift it to the City of La Porte. In Michigan City, Indiana, we are now actively engaged in an effort to turn an abandoned office building into a vibrant artist live-work place. When done, it will help attract more of the creative class into the community. And we continue to create a culture of philanthropy here by encouraging people to leave their nickel (5%) of their estates to the community foundation forever. That alone is having a huge impact on the quality of life here.

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  • Vancouver Foundation

    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – 1943

    In 2011, we set out to learn what issue people in metro Vancouver care about the most. While we wanted to remain a broad funder, we also knew it was time to dedicate more effort to tackling a specific, community-identified challenge. We surveyed 275 charitable organizations and...

    In 2011, we set out to learn what issue people in metro Vancouver care about the most. While we wanted to remain a broad funder, we also knew it was time to dedicate more effort to tackling a specific, community-identified challenge. We surveyed 275 charitable organizations and talked to more than 100 community leaders. What they told us was a surprise. We expected people would choose poverty or homelessness or any of the other social ills that dominate the headlines. They did talk about these things, but what people said concerned them the most was a growing sense of isolation and disconnection. They said we live increasingly in silos, separated by ethnicity, culture, language, income, age and even geography. They lamented what they saw as a deepening civic malaise that has resulted in more people retreating from community activities. And they asked hard questions: How can we begin to tackle complex issues like poverty and homelessness if people are disconnected, isolated and indifferent? How can we make people care about community issues if their concern stops at their front yard? In the end, the big question for our foundation was, “What can we do to help build a more connected and engaged community in metro Vancouver?” As a follow-up to the 2011 findings, in 2012 we surveyed 3,841 people across metro Vancouver to measure their connections and engagement in neighborhood and community life, and what prevents them from being more connected and engaged. The results of this survey drew national attention. Since that time, we have undertaken two initiatives that address aspects of the issue identified: “Neighborhood Small Grants” and “Youth Homelessness.”

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  • Wabash Valley Community Foundation

    Terre Haute, Indiana, United States – 1991

    This past year, our foundation partnered with a group of local women to start a 100 Women Who Care giving circle. Each member gives $100 to an advised endowment fund, then commits to giving $100 at each of the circle’s quarterly meetings for a total of $500...

    This past year, our foundation partnered with a group of local women to start a 100 Women Who Care giving circle. Each member gives $100 to an advised endowment fund, then commits to giving $100 at each of the circle’s quarterly meetings for a total of $500 per year. Our 100 Women group has grown to 218 women and has given more than $100,000 in charitable funds in our community; of that amount, $21,800 is endowed for the future. While the dollars seem remarkable, the real impact has been the diversity of involvement and the public discussion and advocacy of philanthropy.

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  • Waqfeyat al-Maadi Community Foundation

    Cairo, Maadi, Egypt – 2007

    We advocated to put a new clause in the constitution of Egypt which has a long-term positive effect, and we contributed positively to the new NGO law. We coordinate the work between all the NGOs in our area, selected by the local authorities and delegated by the...

    We advocated to put a new clause in the constitution of Egypt which has a long-term positive effect, and we contributed positively to the new NGO law. We coordinate the work between all the NGOs in our area, selected by the local authorities and delegated by the rest of the NGOs to lead this process. We started an inspiring project to allow participatory work under the name “My Neighborhood Project,” and created many new jobs for marginalized communities.

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  • Washington County Community Foundation

    Salem, Indiana, United States – 1993

    1) This was a big year for Education Matters, as we got this initiative up and running. Much activity continues on a local and regional level, and we are partnering with IVY-Tech to provide free classes at the Community Learning Center. 2) In 2005, before giving a...

    1) This was a big year for Education Matters, as we got this initiative up and running. Much activity continues on a local and regional level, and we are partnering with IVY-Tech to provide free classes at the Community Learning Center. 2) In 2005, before giving a substantial grant to the county, the foundation conducted a community needs assessment that led us to focus on youth development. After assessing about 1,500 sixth- through 12th-graders in three county schools using a survey based on the “40 Developmental Assets” (created by the Minnesota-based SEARCH Institute), our board provided the seed funding to start an initiative that eventually led to the Youth First of Washington County program. The foundation has provided not only the necessary funding but also guidance and advice to a program that eventually will become an independent nonprofit organization. 3) The March 2, 2012, tornado changed our community and our priorities. Foundation staff dedicated an incredible number of hours to disaster recovery. Through their efforts, the foundation joined the Southern Indiana Community Organizations Active in Disaster, which led to the creation of the March2Recovery organization. This is a three-county coalition that is coordinating the recovery efforts for Clark, Jefferson and Washington counties.

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  • Wawanesa Community Foundation

    Wawanesa, Manitoba, Canada – 1993

    We have made small but significant contributions to local organizations to upgrade and maintain local heritage buildings.

    We have made small but significant contributions to local organizations to upgrade and maintain local heritage buildings.

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  • West Bengal Community Foundation

    Burdwan District, West Bengal, India – 2010

    Many children are now attending school for the first time.

    Many children are now attending school for the first time.

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  • West Vancouver Community Foundation

    West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – 1979

    The foundation was instrumental in bringing together the municipality and two amateur sports groups to fund-raise for and build a state-of-the-art artificial turf in the community of West Vancouver.

    The foundation was instrumental in bringing together the municipality and two amateur sports groups to fund-raise for and build a state-of-the-art artificial turf in the community of West Vancouver.

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  • Whitefish Community Foundation

    Whitefish, Montana, United States – 2000

    Each year we work to increase the amount of funding awarded to local nonprofit organizations. This past year, over $1.5 million was distributed at our annual awards event compared with just over $400,000 in 2012, which at the time was very impressive for such a small resort...

    Each year we work to increase the amount of funding awarded to local nonprofit organizations. This past year, over $1.5 million was distributed at our annual awards event compared with just over $400,000 in 2012, which at the time was very impressive for such a small resort community. This year, the amount and the event were so inspiring that locals are still talking about the incredible evening, watching over 100 different nonprofits walk up to receive over 200 grants.

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  • Williamsburg Community Foundation

    Williamsburg, Virginia, United States – 1999

    Our grants have grown over the past three years, providing more income to local nonprofit organizations throughout the community.

    Our grants have grown over the past three years, providing more income to local nonprofit organizations throughout the community.

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  • Windsor Essex Community Foundation

    Windsor, Ontario, Canada – 1983

    Promotion of the concept of philanthropy in the community through initiation of Random Act of Kindness Day

    Promotion of the concept of philanthropy in the community through initiation of Random Act of Kindness Day

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  • Yakima Valley Community Foundation

    Yakima, Washington, United States – 2004

    The foundation has performed a “safety net” function in this county, which is the poorest in Washington State. It has grown in assets to the fourth largest community foundation in the state and become a permanent asset of the county. It has begun a dialogue on educational reform.

    The foundation has performed a “safety net” function in this county, which is the poorest in Washington State. It has grown in assets to the fourth largest community foundation in the state and become a permanent asset of the county. It has begun a dialogue on educational reform.

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