2015 Columbus Survey Findings
What is the current state of the community foundation field? 2015 Columbus Survey Findings (PDF, 423 KB) is a detailed snapshot of foundation growth and related operational activity during fiscal year 2015. Gathered through the annual Columbus Survey, the dataset and related findings from this latest edition of the "census of the community foundation field" will allow you to understand your organization's place in relation to the field as a whole. Updated 7/28
The report identifies a slowdown in asset growth after several years of rapid field expansion, with respondents seeing a median increase of less than 1%. Positive trends did emerge in grantmaking as well as operating efficiency, the latter represented by margins generated by foundations that in turn have greater capacity to invest in their communities. These findings and more are unpacked through this newly refreshed, visual-driven report.
CF Insights thanks the 271 community foundations that have contributed to a robust FY 2015 dataset which informed this analysis. Access the Data (XLS, 65 KB) for all reporting community foundations, access the Top 100 Community Foundations by Asset Size (PDF, 151 KB), and see how you on operational metrics in Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size: Top 100 Lists (PDF, 347 KB).
Participants can access additional benchmarking reports featuring field-wide aggregate data via the CF Insights database, and members can create peer groups to generate customized reports. Please contact David Rosado for help with accessing any of these live reports.
Access the FY 2015 Columbus Survey Webinar
View a recording of our FY 2015 Columbus Survey webinar hosted by Aaron Schill and David Rosado which explores this year's findings, and download the presentation (PDF, 2.64 MB).