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Rhetoric versus Reality: A Strategic Disconnect at Community Foundations

Leaders of community foundations agree on the importance of strategy, but evidence suggests that few actually use it in the work of their foundations.

Ellie Buteau, PhD

Director of Research Projects and Special Advisor on Research Methodology and Analysis, CEP

Andrea Brock

Former Manager, Research, CEP

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Leaders of community foundations agree on the importance of strategy, but evidence suggests that few actually use it in the work of their foundations.

That finding is the outcome of new research drawing on interviews with community foundation CEOs, whose organizations are representative of the population of larger American community foundations.

Three profiles are included in the report, looking at the issue of strategy in the context of the circumstances of community foundations, poised among constituent groups including donors, grantees and community stakeholders.

September 2011

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