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Foundation Name: Blue Grass Community FoundationLocation: Lexington, KentuckyWeb Site: www.bgcf.orgYear Founded: 1967Assets: $34 millionNumber of Donor Advised Funds: 227Number of Staff: 9Name of DonorEdge in Location: GoodGiving.netYear Joined DonorEdge: 2009Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 90Contact: Barbara A. Fischer
Blue Grass Community Foundation enhances the quality of life in our region through philanthropy and civic engagement. Since 1967, we've been connecting donors to the causes they care about. We help individuals, businesses and nonprofits channel their resources, establish charitable funds, meet community need, and make a difference. We believe that the power and passion of individual philanthropy leads to a stronger, better community for us all.
Blue Grass Community Foundation is the region's go-to source for giving and engagement. We know that we make the greatest impact when we work together, so we are always looking for ways to work more effectively with donors, nonprofits, and the community. DonorEdge allows us to improve our services to all three sectors. It gives nonprofits the opportunity to tell their stories, strengthen their presence, and educate donors about their missions; it allows donors to make more informed choices when deciding to give; and it provides the community with transparent, consistent, objective information.
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Foundation Name: The Boston FoundationLocation: Boston, MassachusettesWeb Site: www.tbf.orgYear Founded: 1915Assets: $796,000,000Number of Donor Advised Funds: There are 777 active donor advisors with 681 fundsNumber of Staff: 75Name of DonorEdge in Location: The Giving CommonYear Joined DonorEdge: 2011Number of Nonprofit Profiles: We are planning to launch our DonorEdge site in spring 2012Contact: Katherine Westlund
Founded in 1915, the Boston Foundation, Greater Boston's community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation. The Foundation and its donors make more than $82 million in grants every year.
Our donors meet their own philanthropic goals, while adding to the Foundation's overall strength. The Foundation also plays a major civic leadership role for our region through publishing fresh research, convening people to discuss our region's challenges, and creating powerful agendas for change.
The Boston Foundation (TBF) is a hub for community knowledge through our civic leadership work, grantmaking, and our unique role in facilitating giving for donors across Greater Boston. DonorEdge allows TBF to better serve donors and the community at large by enhancing TBF's research capacity, providing knowledge to the community, helping save nonprofits time, and enriching capacity building work. DonorEdge will serve as a cornerstone of our Nonprofit Services work to enhance the long-term vitality of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector.
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Foundation Name: Community Foundation of AcadianaLocation: Lafayette, LouisianaWeb Site: www.cfacadiana.orgYear Founded: 2000Assets: $40,000,000Number of Donor Advised Funds: 108Number of Staff: 6 full-time, 1 contractName of DonorEdge in Location: DonorSenseYear Joined DonorEdge: 2009Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 110Contact: Erin Kelley Winder
The Community Foundation of Acadiana was established to enhance philanthropy in our region and the amount of financial support going toward charitable causes. We are donor-focused—donors satisfy their diverse charitable objectives while creating legacies for themselves and their families through permanent, named funds. Community Foundation of Acadiana is the perfect vehicle through which charitable dreams are realized.
The Community Foundation of Acadiana joined DonorEdge to help put philanthropy on the map in Acadiana. We look forward to helping everyone in Acadiana discover their passion, maximize their giving, and find their own unique way to make a difference. We are actively working to build a community of philanthropists committed to positively transforming Acadiana.
Foundation Name: Community Foundation of Central FloridaLocation: Orlando, FLWeb Site: www.cfcflorida.orgYear Founded: 1994Assets: $50,000,000+Number of Donor Advised Funds: 101Number of Staff: 9Name of DonorEdge in Location: DonorEdgeYear Joined DonorEdge: 2008Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 275Contact: Michelle Chapin, Project Director
The Community Foundation of Central Florida is a public grant making foundation established in 1994 as a home for Central Florida philanthropists. We are proud to be recognized as a knowledgeable philanthropic resource that provides donors, nonprofit organizations and professional advisors with expert gift planning advice. In addition, we are an experienced grantmaker and a community leader with a proven track record of serving as a platform for addressing a wide range of community issues and needs.
The Community Foundation launched our knowledge base in December 2009 to deliver Web-based information about the financial, operational and programmatic health of local nonprofit organizations that can influence the behavior of donors to drive results-oriented philanthropy. The knowledge base will also be used to diversify and create new sources of philanthropic capital to meet local needs and to build the capacity and measurably improve the performance of local nonprofit organizations.
As the world changes, so do the business models of community foundations. After a full market assessment, it became apparent to us that the traditional role of a catalyst for self-identified philanthropists must now become more focused on converting donors—and building the marketplace for philanthropy—rather than waiting for philanthropists to show up. Where we once cultivated relationships and waited for donor motivations (mostly out of our control) to drive major gifts, DonorEdge provides a powerful value proposition that will bring us more productive assets, while improving the measurement and value of our grantmaking. The new value proposition is knowledge—organic and more powerful than raw data—to fuel growth of assets and grantmaking through community leadership!
The Community Foundation for Greater New HavenLocation: New Haven, ConnecticutWeb Site: www.cfgnh.orgYear Founded: 1928Assets: $283 million (as of May 31, 2010; includes data from affiliate the Valley Community Foundation)Number of Donor Advised Funds: 224 (includes data from affiliate the Valley Community Foundation)Number of Staff: 26 (excludes data from affiliate the Valley Community Foundation)Name of DonorEdge in Location: giveGreater.orgYear Joined DonorEdge: 2010Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 100Contact: Christina Ciociola
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is dedicated to creating positive and sustainable change in Greater New Haven by increasing the amount of and enhancing the impact of community philanthropy.
We joined DonorEdge because we believe it has the potential to propel our efforts to increase the amount and impact of philanthropy in our local community. In addition to providing an easy-to-navigate and secure platform that elevates the fundraising and marketing presence of our local nonprofits, it has the capacity to serve as a community knowledge resource for donors and funders. The former is particularly powerful for the smaller nonprofits in our community that don't have sufficient resources to spend on donor cultivation and implementing a credit card processing system. The latter offers a "one-stop, local shopping" experience for donors and policymakers in a world where local nonprofits are competing for dollars against other area nonprofits as well as those around the globe.
We believe that the data presentation, design, and searchable functionality of DonorEdge can help donors make more strategic and better informed giving decisions. We also believe that the data we can collect will enable us to develop deeper relationships with our donors, nonprofits, and the broader community. Having access to such data gives us the ability to identify and analyze more easily giving interests, trends, and patterns as well as common issues and opportunities in the nonprofit sector—all of which will be used to strengthen our donor communications and services, inform our planning and grantmaking decisions, and update policymakers about the specific need(s) for resources in our region. The Community Foundation will officially launch giveGreater.org to the public in November 2010 to kick off the giving season.
Foundation Name: Community Foundation of Middle TennesseeLocation: Nashville, serving the 40 Middle Tennessee and three Southern KentuckyWeb Site: www.cfmt.orgYear Founded: 1991Assets: $380,000,000Number of Donor Advised Funds: 370; Total Funds: 701Number of Staff: 24 FTEName of DonorEdge in Location: GivingMatters.comYear Joined DonorEdge: 2004Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 820+Contact: Beth Groves
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is a leader, catalyst, and resource for philanthropy in Middle Tennessee. From our beginning in 1991, we have helped donors and nonprofit organizations realize their charitable intentions and make an impact. Quite simply, The Community Foundation exists to connect generosity with need, bringing good people and good causes together to enrich the quality of life in Middle Tennessee.
The Community Foundation works as a leader and convener, identifying community opportunities and then cultivating the resources needed to affect solutions. The Community Foundation works with many community partners to find creative effective means to take advantage of these opportunities. We respect and appreciate the efforts of local nonprofits and their leaders. They are our partner in giving, and together we serve as a resource for donors who want to make an impact through their grantmaking.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee began talking about a "community file cabinet" for nonprofit information in 1995. We envisioned our foundation as the go-to place for up-to-date information about the nonprofit sector. The launch of GivingMatters.com moved forward The Community Foundation's strategic plan to serve as a community leader and philanthropic knowledge center. In 2005, the DonorEdge partnership with The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation provided the technology needed to enact our strategic vision.
GivingMatters.com is funded by an alliance of 26 area funders, many of whom have integrated GivingMatters.com into their grantmaking to varying degrees.
GivingMatters.com creates transparency and allows free access to nonprofit information, making smart giving possible for all donors—large and small.
Foundation Name: Community Foundation of North FloridaLocation: Tallahassee, FloriaWeb Site: cfnf.orgYear Founded: 1997Assets: $26,000,000Number of Donor Advised Funds: 184Number of Staff: 3Name of DonorEdge in Location: FindLearnGive.orgYear Joined DonorEdge: 2012Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 40Contact: Debara Jump
The mission of the Community Foundation of North Florida is to enhance the quality of life in North Florida through the promotion of philanthropy and the support of charitable organizations.
The Community Foundation of North Florida is a relatively young donor service and agency endowment-focused organization. Until late last year, when the foundation received its first substantial unrestricted gift, CFNF had no unrestricted/board directed assets for undertaking initiatives. The new gift together with a grant from Knight Foundation provided CFNF with the opportunity to move the foundation to the next level and play both a leadership and a community knowledge role. DonorEdge provided the ideal platform for us to undertake this work.
Specifically, we envision DonorEdge will (1) help our foundation become the go-to place for information about the local nonprofit sector, (2) help our foundation play a more prominent role in connecting people with resources to causes that matter, (3) help our foundation begin to influence the giving of donors in more strategic ways, (4) strengthen local charities by helping them understand best practices, and (5) increase charitable giving as transparency and accountability help the community better understand the local nonprofit sector and their needs.
Foundation Name: Community Foundation of Sarasota CountyLocation: Sarasota, FloridaWeb Site: www.CFSarasota.orgYear Founded: 1979Assets: $195 millionTotal Number of Funds: 800Number of Staff: 18Name of DonorEdge in Location: The Giving PartnerYear Joined DonorEdge: 2011Number of Nonprofit Profiles: Launching in spring 2012Contact: Susie Bowie, Director, The Giving Partner
Founded in 1979 by the South West Florida Estate Planning Council, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has more than 30 years of history making donor dreams a reality. Our mission is partnering to make charitable giving work in our communities. Awarding $10 million in grants and scholarships and providing nonprofit services to 600 local agencies annually, we are the second-largest community foundation in the state of Florida.
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is committed to donor peace of mind, philanthropic thought leadership, generational philanthropy, and leveraging collaborative partnerships. DonorEdge is the perfect tool to meld these four pillars of our work. Working together with support of The Patterson Foundation and two other community foundation partners, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Manatee Community Foundation, we are proud to introduce The Giving Partner to Southwest Florida.
Foundation Name: The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central VirginiaLocation: Richmond, VirginiaWeb Site: www.tcfrichmond.orgYear Founded: 1968Assets: $564,811,539Number of Donor Advised Funds: 600+Number of Staff: 19Name of DonorEdge in Location: GiveRichmondYear Joined DonorEdge: 2009Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 220Contact: Darcy Oman
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia (TCF) has been active in our community since 1968. A community foundation is a public charity that helps area citizens accomplish their philanthropic goals through named charitable funds and endowments. From these funds, grants and leadership initiatives are supported to help address the region's unmet and changing community needs and to strengthen and support nonprofit organizations and purposes of interest to our donor families.
Today, TCF represents more than 600 named charitable funds and 8 supporting foundations or affiliated entities. Each year in our region, community philanthropy grows as new donors, new donor families, and new planned and estate gifts add to this legacy of giving. Beyond the lifetimes of family advisors, TCF's board of governors provides stewardship to address long-term community needs on an unrestricted basis or in broad areas of interest suggested by the donor, such as education, arts, health.
Over the past four decades, we have worked together with our donors and supporting foundations to grant more that $500 million dollars to hundreds of nonprofits that make our common home a better place.
One of the priorities of The Community Foundation is to promote philanthropy by educating donors about the region's nonprofit sector. We want to make sure that our donors at all giving levels, involved with The Community Foundation or not, have the resources they need to make informed giving decisions. We are also interested in helping our nonprofit partners achieve long-term sustainability by giving them the tools to become more transparent and efficient. We believe that bringing the DonorEdge product to Richmond and Central Virginia will help meet all of these needs. With DonorEdge, individual donors will have access to in-depth information about specific nonprofits as well as collaborative efforts in which multiple organizations are working together to advance solutions for the region's most pressing issues. For the nonprofits, DonorEdge provides a platform to tell their stories—engaging current donors and cultivating new donors in a way that was not previously available. The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are honored to be a part of this venture.
Foundation Name: Greater Kansas City Community FoundationLocation: Kansas City, MOWeb Site: www.gkccf.orgYear Founded: 1978Assets: $957,327,577Number of Donor Advised Funds: 1,442Number of Staff: 43Name of DonorEdge in Location: Kansas City's Nonprofit SearchYear Joined DonorEdge: The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation created DonorEdge in 2002.Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 670+Contact: Laura McKnight, President and CEO
The Community Foundation improves the quality of life in the Kansas City region by increasing charitable giving, connecting donors to causes they care about, educating donors about how to make smarter charitable investments, and modeling strategic grant making through community leadership initiatives.
The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation created DonorEdge to change donor behavior so that donors not only invest resources more wisely, but also demand greater community change for their investments. DonorEdge is the only initiative of its kind in the country because DonorEdge combines the power of the online marketplace with community-based relationships and knowledge, elements that a community foundation is uniquely situated to provide.
Foundation Name: Kern Community FoundationLocation: Bakersfield, California (serving all of Kern County)Foundation Web Site: www.kernfoundation.orgYear Founded: 1999Assets: $16,000,000Number of Donor Advised Funds: 46, with 102 total fundsNumber of Staff: 5DonorEdge Name: Kern Community Foundation Nonprofit SearchYear Joined DonorEdge: 2010Number of Nonprofit Profiles: Scheduled for Spring 2011Contact: Megan Boynton
Kern Community Foundation is a vibrant, nonprofit enterprise with a powerfully simple mission of growing community and growing philanthropy. We are in business to serve as a charitable resource for local donors and corporations and to generate capital that provides philanthropic solutions to help make Kern County a better place to live, to work, and to visit.
Kern Community Foundation is known as a home for Kern community philanthropists, a results-oriented grantmaker, and a trusted community leader. Since its inception, the foundation's leadership has held a long-standing belief that a healthy nonprofit sector is essential to the overall quality of life in the Kern community. When Jeff Pickering joined the foundation as president and CEO in April 2010, he helped the Foundation's leadership to recognize that, although more than 1,700 nonprofit organizations receiving millions of dollars in charitable contributions were registered in Kern County, no comprehensive resource existed to help local donors make smarter decisions and achieve greater impact from their charitable giving. Guidestar's DonorEdge was approved as part of a comprehensive plan to boost the foundation's value as the "go-to" resource for community knowledge through an online Nonprofit Search. By joining DonorEdge, Kern Community Foundation hopes to strengthen its role as a trusted community leader by providing a credible platform that gives donors the knowledge they need to turn simple acts of giving into wise charitable investments.
Foundation Name: Oklahoma City Community FoundationLocation: Oklahoma City, OklahomaFoundation Web Site: www.occf.orgYear Founded: 1969Assets: $632,900,000Number of Donor Advised Funds: 1,240+Number of Staff: 31DonorEdge Name: GiveSmartOKCYear Joined DonorEdge: 2011Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 125Contact: Cathy Nestlen
Designed to meet the test of time, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation was modeled after the Cleveland Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country. From its beginning, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has operated within a system of checks and balances that ensure accountability and good stewardship. Its structure allows the organization to adapt to the changing needs of the community and to ensure the donor's intent is preserved. Our mission is to serve the charitable purposes of our donors and the charitable needs of the Oklahoma City area through the development and administration of endowment and other charitable funds with the goal of preserving capital and enhancing value.
For the past several years, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has been searching for a platform to provide more detailed information on our region's nonprofit organizations. Through our Charitable Organization Endowment Program, we administer funds for more than 300 nonprofits, and we knew the information we collected each year on this group would be of interest to donors as well. When we were introduced to DonorEdge, we recognized an opportunity to provide a one-of-a-kind resource for our metropolitan area. Our vision includes encouraging philanthropy for the benefit of the community, and DonorEdge is going to allow us to do just that on a very large scale. DonorEdge levels the playing field for not only the nonprofit organizations but also for donors. By providing a comprehensive picture of nonprofits, we are encouraging informed charitable giving, something that benefits us all.
Foundation Name: The Pittsburgh FoundationLocation: Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaWeb Site: www.pittsburghfoundation.orgYear Founded: 1945Assets: $584,000,000Number of Donor Advised Funds: 535Number of Staff: 34Name of DonorEdge in Location: Pittsburgh GivesYear Joined DonorEdge: 2009Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 490Contact: Kelly Uranker
The Pittsburgh Foundation is the 14th largest community foundation in the country. Since 1945, it has worked to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting charitable giving, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.
Many generous individuals have invested in their community by establishing over 1,200 funds at the Foundation, benefiting a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and community needs.
The Pittsburgh Foundation joined GuideStar DonorEdge to position the Foundation as the gateway for philanthropy in our community.
Foundation Name: The San Diego FoundationLocation: San Diego, CaliforniaWeb Site: www.sdfoundation.orgYear Founded: 1975Assets: $476,000,000Total Funds: 1,650Number of Staff: 40Name of DonorEdge in Location: BetterGivingSDYear Joined DonorEdge: 2009Number of Nonprofit Profiles: 163Contact: BetterGiving@sdfoundation.org
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation is a public charity that provides a permanent and growing source of funding to hundreds of nonprofit agencies serving the San Diego region. Through an effort called Understanding the San Diego Region, the Foundation joins other nonprofit organizations, community leaders, experts, and government officials to address the needs of the community and build consensus for solutions.
The San Diego Foundation joined DonorEdge to inform, empower, and enrich charitable giving in the region—benefiting donors, nonprofits, and the community at large. We value partnering with another nonprofit, GuideStar, as our service provider. Increasing information about nonprofits through DonorEdge allows us to gain valuable knowledge of the nonprofits that serve our communities and increase the visibility of their important work.
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