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Community Foundation Professional Development Program

Council on Foundations

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $300,000
  • Grant Period September 1, 2002–December 31, 2005
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Staff and boards of community foundations perform a broad range of functions from managing assets to serving as community catalysts and engaging donors. While community foundation staff and board members are expected to understand and implement a wide variety of functions, many work in relative isolation from regular, accessible professional support or opportunities for development relating directly to their type of work. Enhancing the skills of individual staff and board members is vital to improving the organizational effectiveness of community foundations.Multiyear funding will enable the Council on Foundations to coordinate professional development opportunities. Objectives include surveying experts for course content; developing courses, workshops and peer-learning opportunities; and building relationships with other organizations that provide professional development to foundations.COF, established in 1949, is a membership organization of private, community and corporate foundations dedicated to promoting responsible and effective philanthropy.