Community Foundations

Community Foundations

Community foundations play a vital role in strengthening our region by working with individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and other stakeholders to enhance the quality of life for residents in their communities.
Philanthropy Southwest is committed to helping community foundations succeed in their work. Through workshops, events, networking opportunities, and resources,  we help community foundation staff and trustees stay connected to the issues that affect their communities. 


NEW! Community Foundations On-Line Community Foundation Express Training for New and Seasoned Practitioners
PSW members receive a $400 discount on an online training and certificate program focused on community foundation core essentials. This first-of-its-kind series of affordable on-line training videos and certificate program for communities of all sizes anywhere in America was developed and is made possible by the Kansas Association of Community Foundations. Over a 15-module series, nearly every aspect of community foundation work is addressed: from asset development and quality grants programs design to fiduciary and policy matters. Also included is 24-hour-access to the easy-to-navigate short (5-15 min) modules in any order from the comfort of a home or an office, in private, or in group setting.  See additional program details hereFor questions and to request the discount code, please contact Amy Askari.

Community Foundations Giving Study
There are 90 community foundations in the Philanthropy Southwest Region. These foundations hold 12% of the assests in the Southwest and contribute 15% of foundation giving. Read the report here

Foundation Legal Helpdesk
The Help Desk for member foundations is designed to provide access to legal assistance and answers to legal questions related to the operation of a foundation. This service is available for an annual fee. Learn more here.

National Community Foundations CEO Listserve
This national listserve is for community foundation CEOs. It allows community foundation CEOs to communicate easily via email with other community foundation CEOs from across the country, to pose questions, engage in conversations and more. The service is being made available to our community foundation members and is operated by United Philanthropy Forum, which is Philanthropy Southwest's national network. To join this National Listserve, please contact Adrienne Clay.

Charitable Rollover IRA Toolkit
The Charitable Rollover IRA is permanent.  What does this mean for Community Foundations? Learn more here.

FEG Community Foundation Survey Executive Summary
Click here to access the report.

Donor-Advised Fund Report 
National Philanthropic Trust
For the sixth consecutive year, there was growth in all key metrics - number of individual donor-advised funds (DAFs), total grant dollars from them, total contributions to them and total charitable assets in them.
Click here to access the report.

Sustainability Costing Tool 
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Council of Michigan Foundations and Philanthropy Ohio
Click here to access tools for community foundations to generate data that will empower them to develop a path toward sustainability.

Giving Days Playbook: New Approaches to short-term fundraising
Nonprofits need to use a variety of fundraising tools to achieve their fundraising goals.  Giving Days Playbook offers in-depth data and insights on giving days from our recent survey of fundraising directors, staff members, executive directors, and consultants to nonprofits. Learn more here. 

Helpful links:
National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations

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