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CFLeads and CF Insights - Igniting the Future Survey

This survey is part of the research of the Igniting the Future of Community Foundations project, which aims to lift up the emerging challenges, opportunities and conundrums facing community foundations, and highlight practices that community foundations can embrace to be more effective in their communities. The project is being led by CFLeads, the national network of community foundations leading change, in partnership with CF Insights, a service of Candid.

We anticipate that the survey will take 25 minutes to complete. Respondents will also have the ability to save their survey progress and finish at a later time. We ask that you please complete the survey by October 31, and that we receive no more than one response per community foundation, preferably from the CEO. Top-line survey findings will be released later this fall. The results of the full research of the Igniting the Future of Community Foundations, including field interviews and conversations, will be released in the spring of 2020.

We hope you will take the time to add your foundation’s voice to this critical work. If you have any questions about the survey, or would like to request a PDF copy of the complete survey questions for your reference, please contact David Rosado, Director of CF Insights, at If you have questions about the broader project, please contact Deborah Ellwood, President and CEO of CFLeads, at    

Thank you,

Igniting the Future of Community Foundations Advisory Committee:

Ivye Allen, Foundation for the Mid South
Fred Blackwell, the San Francisco Foundation
Clotilde Dedecker, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Helene Gayle, Chicago Community Trust
Ellen Gilligan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Advisory Committee Chair
Paul Grogan, The Boston Foundation
Doug Kridler, The Columbus Foundation
Tony Mestres, Seattle Foundation
Shelly O’Quinn, Innovia Foundation
Dick Ober, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Isaiah Oliver, Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Pedro Ramos, The Philadelphia Foundation
Randy Royster, Albuquerque Community Foundation
Ashley Swearingen, Central Valley Community Foundation
Steve Seleznow, Arizona Community Foundation