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The Community Foundation Partnership, Inc. 
Partnership in a Nutshell

PURPOSE: 

The Community Foundation Partnership, Inc. (CFP) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization which provides administrative services and streamlined governance to its members, in order to efficiently further their charitable missions for their local communities.

STRUCTURE: 

  • The CFP consists of local community foundations that have chosen to enter into a partnership. Lawrence and Martin County Community Foundations are the current members and have developed the CFP to maximize the benefits of their continued association. The structure allows for (but does not require) additional partners. 

  • The CFP Board is made up of an equal number of representatives from each county; as of February 2006, it consists of the local board president plus two other local board members elected to represent their community foundation and to conduct CFP business. The last year's president is also on the board as an ex-officio member. 

  • The CFP is the legal entity under which member foundations operate. Unlike a parent-affiliate structure, however, not only are the governance structure and philosophy equitable, but the CFP has no individual mission or purpose, separate from serving its member foundations. The partners own and govern the CFP for the benefit of the local community foundations. 

  • CFP staff provides back office support (and sometimes "front office" support) to each partner community foundation's local staff and board. 

PRINCIPLES: 

  • The CFP is not an end in itself but a means to cost-effectively support local community foundations in fulfilling their missions. Each partner foundation first and foremost maintains its local identity in dealing with donors, grantees, and the public. 

  • Local boards retain the responsibility for the vision and goals of their local community foundations. They focus on asset development, grants and programs for their county.

  • The CFP responds to the shared needs of partner foundations, including financial administration and long-term sustainability strategies, as well as whatever marketing, program, or other needs may bubble up from partners which can be efficiently & effectively addressed through the partnership. 

  • Each partner foundation has an equal stake and equal power in the governance of the Partnership. 

  • Maintaining a local office and local executive director for each partner community foundation remains critical. Local EDs are empowered to work with their boards to develop and implement local strategic plans. 

  • Sharing additional staffing is a cost-effective way for partner community foundations to benefit from talented, specialized employees. 

  • Partnership continually provides valuable opportunities for synergy.  Some advantages are: a larger pool of donors for the public support test calculation; lower investment fees due to a shared pool; lower costs from eliminating duplication on things like IMS software; shared marketing tools and templates such as newsletter articles, annual report, donor and advisor info kits; collectively less time spent developing sound policies and procedures and more time spent directly providing CF services to donors, non-profits and others; networking and exchange of ideas among staff members and among board members across counties.

  • Partnership can enhance each partner community foundationís effectiveness in fulfilling its local mission, while helping to secure partnersí long-term viability.

The Community Foundation Partnership is open to conversations with other area community foundations to evaluate whether it might be mutually advantageous for current and prospective partners to collaborate.  We work together in good faith for the mutual benefit of all. 

 


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