Availability of Support to Community Foundations

There is a good story to tell about the availability of support to community foundations.

Availability of different kinds of support

(By types of support)

Chart illustrating local connections between community foundations

Explanation of chart

In general, support is available, and the 'not very available' and 'not at all available' categories are little used.

It is evident that peer support is the most commonly available. Indeed, as one respondent put it, the field prides itself as a 'family' where people from the field support one another. The main organizations providing support to the field internationally, such as the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network and WINGS, have all developed sophisticated approaches to peer learning.

Examples

CAF Russia, with the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, provides organizational development grants (ranged from $5,000 to $10,000) aimed at different organizational development activities - from fundraising to self-evaluation. Being the large international institution and having the 'big picture' over the situation in Russia, it develops strategic approaches to the community foundation concept, promoting it nationwide. CAF Russia supports individual community foundations, emerging initiatives, and networks and alliances of different types.

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) in Bendigo, Australia has been the main supporter for feasibility and start up funding for community foundations. It has also been responsible for development of the 'Community Foundations Manual' based on the manual produced by Community Foundations of Canada. More recently in rural and regional areas, The Foundation has provided limited funding to enable Foundations to have some paid part time staffing hours. FRRR was formed some 10 years ago with a Federal Government grant, which generates income for the Foundation's work.

Where next

We explore the availability of support regionally on the next page.