UK Community Foundations: The power of connection
by Rosemary Macdonald, CEO, UKCF
UKCF has shifted towards more permanent home working, with a staff team that is spread around the UK. While maintaining a head office base the team will meet periodically in different places, being hosted by member community foundations. This novel approach suits staff and connects the organisation with the field. Rosemary Macdonald writes about the experience and how it has the potential to strengthen connections.
by Boris Strečanský, ECFI
A reflection on the motivation of peer to peer fundraising and the significance of the value of participation in ‘thons’ as a demonstration of civic engagement and building of social capital
Be Prepared, Be Brave, Begin
by James Magowan, ECFI
This is a personal reflection on ‘All In 2021’ – the Community Foundations of Canada bi-annual conference. It focuses on the challenges presented to the community foundation field and considers the relevance of these to a European context. It also highlights the important role of support infrastructure.
Adapting two fundraising events into successful online versions
by Oradea Community Foundation, Romania
Report from ECFI's Action Learning – Digital transformation on adapting the activities to the online environment.
Developing our first digital campaign targeting individual donors for support towards the community foundation
by Bucharest Community Foundation, Romania
Report from ECFI's Action Learning – Digital transformation on the development of a digital campaign targeting individual donors.
Adapting tools and processes to work collaboratively and remotely as a team
by the Sibiu Community Foundation
ECFI Action Learning – Digital transformation report by the Sibiu Community Foundation, Romania. Report on process of adapting and discarding some old tools and habits in order to bring better clarity about day to day activities and improve work-life balance and boundaries, team dynamics and general productivity.
Digital Transformation Action Learning – summary report
by Mihaela Giurgiu, ECFI
Fourteen community foundations participated in an Action Learning programme to identify digital solutions to challenges they faced during the Coronavirus pandemic. They embraced 3 types of digital transformation (accelerated change, enforced change and constant change) through use of digital tools for planning, through virtual engagement, to on-line fundraising.
Using digital tools for strategic planning
by Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
ECFI Action Learning – Digital transformation report by Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, UK. Development of a better blended offer of engagement for existing and potential donors.
How to use social media to engage with new and prospective donors
by Northamptonshire Community Foundation
ECFI Action Learning - Digital transformation report by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, UK. Staying connected and reaching new audiences
Interactive map showing community projects supported by the foundation
by Nitra Community Foundation
ECFI Action Learning – Digital transformation report by Nitra Community Foundation, Slovakia. A new online tool to connect donors with actions.
The ECFI Knowledge Centre is a place where you will find information and resources for, and about, community foundations in Europe. No two community foundations are the same, but they share certain characteristics and challenges. The animation and publications below draw on our analysis of the field and consolidate learning. As the movement grows and matures in Europe we will continue to build our collective knowledge and will regularly add to the publications here.