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Foundation and Donor Priorities

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There is an oft cited mantra within the community foundation field that a foundation must choose between being “community centric” and “donor centric” – in other words, between focusing on foundation-driven priorities and donor-driven priorities. Increasingly, this is being perceived as an artificial dichotomy that not only limits new thinking, but also downplays the experimentation and creativity already taking place in many community foundations. In this report, we share findings and observations from interviews with leaders of 18 U.S. community foundations who are trying to find synergies in balancing both foundation and donor priorities.

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