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Commonfund Report on Investment Returns

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Publication date: 
02/2016

The annual Council on Foundations-Commonfund investment report for private and community foundations is now available. For 2014, private foundations reported an average investment return of 6.1 percent and community foundations reported 4.8 percent (both net of investment fees). Members may access the full report here.

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Foundation Source 2015 Annual Report on Private Foundations

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Publication date: 
05/2015

The 86,000 private foundations with less than $50 million in assets account for 98% of all foundations in the United States; however, data about this “super majority” is scant because most private foundation research looks only at the wealthiest 2% of grantmaking philanthropies.

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2014 Grantmakers Information Technology Survey Report

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Publication date: 
09/2014

Technology Affinity Group and the Grants Mangers Network's 2014 Grantmakers Information Technology Survey Report concludes that funders are floundering with technology tools.

Building Power through Data-Sharing: Issues and Opportunities for Environmental Health and Justice Funders

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Publication date: 
08/2014

Building Power through Data-Sharing: Issues and Opportunities for Environmental Health and Justice Funders, a new report from Health and Environmental Funders Network, explores ways funders can build power in their fields through investments in data-sharing.

Permissible Activity During an Election Cycle

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Publication date: 
06/2014

Nonprofits can and should play an active role during elections, particularly by educating and activating voters. However, with important local, state and federal elections coming up this fall, nonprofits should take the time to remind their staff about appropriate activity during a political campaign or at any other time.

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