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10/06/2015

Comments

Diana Sieger

Steve, great points and a very interesting article. It's true that the business model is critical to support community leadership. However, that said, I find it curious about your description that "small" community foundations are those less than $500M in asset. Wow! Guess Grand Rapids Community Foundation at $330M better step back from our leadership role! Actually it's more important as to how your funds/assets are structured than the size frankly. Good points otherwise - keep us on our toes Steve!

Kevinatbccf

It seems to me that the whole “small/large” dichotomy is broken, or maybe always was. Asset composition is, as Diana mentioned, more important than gross size. I’m seeing community foundations that are superficially quite large, but have so little in discretionary assets that their financial assets can’t support a leadership strategy. The relationship of a foundations’ size to the community it serves AND to the presence of other philanthropies is too often ignored. Moreover, the field’s fixation on asset size is a pretty 20th century way of looking at things. I see amazing work being done in communities (the Colorado Springs area is an example) by community foundations with fairly small asset bases.

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