CF Insights Moves to Foundation Center
Transition From FSG Will Enhance Important Community Foundation Resource
New York, NY, and Boston, MA — February 19, 2015. Today Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, and FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders creating social change, have announced that CF (Community Foundation) Insights is now operating under the auspices of Foundation Center. This transition from FSG to Foundation Center, effective January 1, 2015, positions CF Insights to have an even greater impact as a service to its foundation members and a resource for the broader social sector.
Through CF Insights, community foundations can improve performance and sustainability — individually and collectively. CF Insights was created in 2006 by the community foundation field as a partnership between FSG and the Council on Foundations. With FSG at the helm, it has achieved its initial vision of helping community foundations make more informed, effective decisions about their operation models. Today, the CF Insights network includes more than 150 U.S. community foundations.
“We have always prioritized innovation and collaboration, and that forward-thinking tradition continues with the decision to entrust CF Insights to Foundation Center,” said Rebecca Graves, a managing director at FSG and the former executive director of CF Insights. “Foundation Center’s depth of expertise in benchmarking, knowledge services, and data that drive decision making make it the ideal organization to take CF Insights to the next level.”
CF Insights is driven by the potential and promise of a single question: What if each community foundation could know what all community foundations collectively know? To that end, CF Insights offers a wide range of tools, knowledge, and connections — from research reports to peer learning opportunities — which are all available at cfinsights.org. Members can also access custom dashboards to see how they compare to other community foundations and use that information to analyze their own work, gauge their performance, and plan for the future. These services build on the legacy of the Columbus Foundation, which conducted a hallmark community foundation survey on behalf of the field from 1988 through 2007.
“Foundation Center is honored to take the reins of an initiative with such a rich history and strong track record within the community foundation field,” said Bradford K. Smith, president of Foundation Center. “Community foundations grow stronger when their decisions are based on timely, accurate, and complete information, and Foundation Center will provide the knowledge tools they need to do just that.”
In the months and years to come, Foundation Center will leverage its 58 years of knowledge and experience in the social sector to enhance the benefits and resources available through CF Insights. Enhancements may include: layering in grants data, improving data visualization tools, expanding the CF Insights web platform, and creating a wider range of benchmarking and knowledge sharing opportunities.
“Stronger community foundations mean stronger communities,” said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and a member of the Boards of Trustees of both FSG and Foundation Center. “By taking steps to be more strategic and effective in their work through services like CF Insights, these foundations are setting an example within the broader field of philanthropy and contributing to the effectiveness of the sector as a whole.”
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Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center's website each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 470 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.
FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. Through strategy, evaluation, and research we help many types of actors — individually and collectively — make progress against the world’s toughest problems. Our teams work across all sectors by partnering with leading foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments in every region of the globe. We seek to reimagine social change by identifying ways to maximize the impact of existing resources, amplifying the work of others to help advance knowledge and practice, and inspiring change agents around the world to achieve greater impact. As part of our nonprofit mission, FSG also directly supports learning communities, such as the Collective Impact Forum and the Shared Value Initiative, to provide the tools and relationships that change agents need to be successful. Learn more at www.fsg.org.