Santa Fe Community Foundation

Community Foundations: What It Takes to Become Dynamic Hubs of Local Capital


by Don Shaffer

Community foundations—with their deep local ties, significant unrestricted assets, and community benefit missions—are ideally positioned to play a leading role in solving our communities’ most profound and difficult challenges. Yet many are stuck in a pattern of disbursing only a small percentage of their assets in grants and investing the rest in traditional portfolios that don’t advance (and may even undermine) their mission.

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