External learning opportunities
The Council on Foundations is a membership organization that provides various services for all types of foundations, such as Private, Corporate, and Community. Most Community Foundations find CoF's legal department to be indispensable.
CoF dues are calculated based on asset size.
From the AdNet website:
The Advancement Network Inc.’s (AdNet’s) mission is to strengthen the capacity of community foundation professionals to be the best in class in new fund and business development, engaging professional advisors, and cultivating and serving donors as philanthropic advisors by offering members:
- Professional development programs
- Networking opportunities, webinars and forums to exchange ideas and effective practices in the areas of outreach to and stewardship of donors and their advisors
- Support of appropriate research opportunities relating to resource development and donor services
- Representation of our shared interests to related membership groups, such as the Council of Foundations.
From the ProNet website:
ProNet’s purpose is to provide leadership on grantmaking and programmatic issues facing community foundations.
- Provide opportunities for professional development and skill-building
- Facilitate ongoing communications, information-exchange and networking
The organization will serve the professional needs and interests of Program staff in community foundations of all sizes, from established to emerging, in order to advance the program capacity of the community foundation field.
CommA a group for communications professionals who work at community foundations.
We work to strengthen the effectiveness of community foundation communications and marketing professionals through professional development and sharing best practices in communications and marketing.
We work to educate the larger community foundation field about communication and marketing strategies that further our work.
KACF hosts an annual conference for "Growing Community Foundations" that welcomes CFs from all over the nation.
FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm. We are experienced advisors to corporate, foundation, and nonprofit/NGO leaders. Through our combination of customized consulting services, powerful insights, and ground-breaking initiatives, we help clients around the world create social impact.
Who we are and what we believe:
CFLeads is a national network of community foundations committed to building stronger communities through community leadership.
We believe community foundations stand as powerful forces for good in our communities. We also believe that we have the tools to help. And we believe we are stronger, and more effective, together.
Community foundations are vital partners in building communities where all residents are prosperous, healthy and secure.
We help community foundations build strong communities by advancing effective practices, sharing knowledge, and galvanizing action on critical issues of our time.
What we do:
CFLeads offers conferences, forums, webinars, resources, structured intensive learning opportunities for foundation leaders, and consulting services to the community foundation field. In 2016, CFLeads engaged with 333 individuals representing 208 community foundations and their community partners.
We are committed to community leadership as a key strategy for delivering community impact. Our results show we learn best from our peers.