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Creating Peer Groups and Benchmarking Reports
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* Columbus Survey Participants have on-demand access to a select subset of
benchmarking reports

Data We Collect
Data We Collect

Data Collected by CF Insights

All data collected by CF Insights is available to members as criteria with which to build peer groups and as the basis for over 60 on-demand reports.

Foundation Basics:

  • Fiscal Year End Date
  • Year Foundation Created
  • Staffing by Function
  • Strategic Operating Priorities
  • Affiliations with Other Foundations
  • Software Type Used
  • Engagement in the Following Areas:
    • Community Leadership
    • Fiscal Sponsorship/Fundraising
    • Fundraising for Operations
    • Nonprofit Resource Center
    • Services to Private Foundations
    • Special Initiatives

Geographic:

  • Urban vs. Rural
  • Population of Area Served
  • Geographic Area Served
  • State
  • Region

Assets and Funds:

  • Total Assets
  • Total Assets by Product Type
  • Total Number of Foundation Funds
  • Total Number of DAFs
  • Total Number of Funds Held at SOs
  • Total Number of SOs
  • Operating Endowment and Reserves

 

Expenses:

  • Total Operating Expenses
  • Special Initiative Operations Expenses
  • Operating Expenses as Percent of Assets

Contributions:

  • Total Foundation Contributions - $ and #
  • Total Contributions to DAFs - $ and #
  • Total Contributions to SOs - $ and #

Grants:

  • Total Foundation Grants - $ and #
  • Total Grants from DAFs - $ and #
  • Total Grants from SOs - $ and #

Activity-Based Costing Results:

  • Contributions/Subsidies by Product - $
  • Total Cost by Product - $
  • Total Cost by Activity Type - $

Administrative Fee Schedules:

CF Insights collects the following fee information by specific product and fund type.

  • Total Fees
  • Minimum Fees
  • Minimum Fund Balance

Investment Data from the COF Investment Survey:

The Council on Foundations provides CF Insights with the results of their annual and quarterly investment surveys.

  • Annualized Returns
  • Overall Allocation
  • Equity Allocation
  • Fixed Income Allocation
  • Alternate Allocation

Contact info@cfinsights.org for more information.

2013 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts for Growth and Aspirations

What growth trends did the community foundation field experience in FY 2013?Guideposts for Growth and Aspirations”(PDF,1 MB) is an analysis of 2013 data gathered through the Columbus Survey. The report is a resource to understand the performance of your individual organization in the context of the field. Trends in assets, gifts, and grants are the focal point of the analysis.
The field as a whole experienced strong asset growth given a stronger financial market; 90% of Columbus Survey participants saw an increase in assets exceeding 2007 levels. Changes in gifts varied depending on the size of the community foundation while grants increased an average of 11% between 2012 and 2013.

CF Insights thanks the 285 community foundations that shared 2013 data for this analysis.  Access the Data (XLS, 57 KB) for all reporting community foundations and access the Top 100 By Assets(PDF, 52 KB).

Training Webinar
Want to understand what all these numbers mean for the field and your foundation? Join us for an overview of this year’s survey findings followed by a demonstration of how you can use comparative data to provide insights for your foundation.






Fueling Impact
Fueling Impact
2008 Columbus Webinar
2008 Columbus Webinar
Pathway to Business Model Innovation Getting to "Fueling Impact"
Pathway to Business Model Innovation Getting to "Fueling Impact"
Launching a New Study: Strategic Value of DAFs
Launching a New Study: Strategic Value of DAFs
Do More Than Grow Webinar
Do More Than Grow Webinar
Columbus Training Webinar - FY 2013
Columbus training webinar
Columbus training webinar
Columbus Training Webinar - May 2012
Columbus Training Webinar - May 2012
CF Insights Columbus Data Training Webinar
CF Insights Columbus Data Training Webinar

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