The Community Foundation Atlas is here! Add, edit or update your profile!

The Community Foundation Atlas is now live!

As part of its contribution to the 100th anniversary of the community foundation movement in the United States, and with the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, in collaboration with the GFCF, the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) and the Foundation Center have created a free, online Atlas — the first of its kind — that will detail the locations, resources, roles and measurable achievements of the world’s community foundations and community philanthropy organizations. As Atlas partners start to explore options for future development and expansion of the project, community foundations and community philanthropy organizations are encouraged to go online and edit, update or even add their profiles. By doing so, you will contribute to a global data set that updates every time new information is added.

1. How do I update our organization’s profile?

Go to the Atlas website, click on your profile and then on “Suggest an update.” After you have made the changes, save them. An email will then automatically be sent to the email address of the contact listed on the Atlas and to the Atlas moderators. The listed contact (or the moderators) can then approve those changes and they will go live.

2. Our contact person has changed. How do I update the contact email address?

Send an email to the Atlas moderators requesting that they change update the contact details. Once this has been done, you will be able to make any further changes yourself.

3. Our organization is not called a community foundation but we would see it very much as a community philanthropy organization. Can we be added to the Atlas?

The Atlas partners have sought to be as inclusive as possible, sensitive to the fact that not all local place-based philanthropies call themselves community foundations. The precise wording that was developed to deal with this question is as follows:

“Although we are aware that the nuances between the different names are important, for the sake of simplicity in this report we will refer to the population as “community foundations”, though we are aware that a minority would not use this terminology. At the same time, we are conscious that, in the past, the field has sometimes tied itself up in knots in a fruitless debate about what names to use and who is “in” or “out.” The premise for the current study was to reach out to relevant local placed based philanthropies using criteria of inclusion developed during a consultation by the Aga Khan Foundation (USA) and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. This relies on a definition by characteristics rather than a definition by essence.”

If you are still unsure about whether your organization would qualify, either email the Atlas moderators or try completing the survey and see whether the questions asked are relevant to your organization.

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