Growing Smarter: Achieving Sustainability in Emerging Community Foundations

Growing Smarter: Achieving Sustainability in Emerging Community Foundations

According to a new report from FSG Social Impact Advisors and the James Irvine Foundation, the more a community foundation grows its assets, the more its sustainability is threatened. The report, Growing Smarter: Achieving Sustainability in Emerging Community Foundations (36 pages, PDF), provides guidance on growth and sustainability issues based on the experiences of twenty-four community foundations around the United States. Among other things, the report argues that the typical community foundation operating model is driven by the interplay of four economic drivers: setting clear product and fund priorities for development; aligning pricing with cost drivers and donor incentives; achieving consistent revenue by diversifying sources; and managing the cost base.