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Based on 10 years of data, CF Insights examines the evolution of the community foundation business model and highlights principles behind successful community foundations given shifting community needs, donor priorities, and economic circumstances.  

Top Takeaways

  1. The biggest challenge for many community foundations in determining the right roles and resource priorities is aligning values, strategic priorities, business model choices, and organizational culture.
  2. Community foundations will always be challenged to adapt to serve an ever-changing set of community and donor priorities in order to remain sustainable.
  3. Beyond the external reasons for change, community foundations will always be motivated by their mission and sense of purpose to continually take on new opportunities and risks, doing more to support their communities.
Community foundations have changed how they understand themselves and how they navigate business model choices.

This report was created by CF Insights, an initiative of FSG from 2007-2014. In 2015, CF Insights became part of Foundation Center.