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Community Foundations and United Ways

Indiana University

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $15,000
  • Grant Period August 1, 2018–March 31, 2022
  • Location Bloomington, IN, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

The project goal is to strengthen the capacity of community foundations to positively engage with other forms of community philanthropy. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Dr. Laurie Paarlberg, is leading a study of the landscape of local community-based grantmaking, focusing on the characteristics and relationships between local United Ways and community foundations. This research will improve the understanding of the roles that both types of institutions play in local communities, identifying effective practices for strengthening relationships between institutions and laying the groundwork for future research on community grantmaking. A grant increase will allow for the study to be extended to include the examination of factors associated with the development of COVID-19 funds that are jointly supported by local United Ways and community foundations.