Community foundations continuously find opportunities and create strategies to support their communities. Looking ahead, these dedicated community members are looking for new ways to ensure the entirety of their communities feel like they belong. To support this work, the Learning Institute has curated a season-long learning curriculum.

CFC’s Learning Institute offers ongoing educational experiences and learning resources tailored specifically to the needs of community foundation board members, leaders and staff and on topics useful to others in the sector.

This fully bilingual online curriculum includes webinars, workshops, resources and peer-to-peer sharing opportunities with specific learning pathways for areas of interest. Community foundations have access to industry experts in fund development and endowments, grant making practices, impact investing, operations, governance, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, equity and much more. 

The Learning Institute’s Fall 2023 curriculum will focus on four learning journeys for community foundations that reflect what community foundations have asked for and build on the learning that was shared at RECONNECT 2023. These four learning journeys are:

The Building Skills stream will give community foundation members (leaders, staff and board members) the operations know-how to better support their community. This includes supporting non-qualified donees, storytelling and working through the disbursement quota changes.

Working toward an equitable future starts by looking within. Alongside sessions on gender lens investing, we’ll be hosting a series of sessions that explore workplace culture and creating a team where everyone belongs. This includes how to have challenging conversations and what equity and inclusion looks like in recruitment and team dynamics. 

Belonging is at the core of community well-being, and this stream holds the health of the community as its main focus. This stream will share learnings and pathways to keep our communities strong, whether that’s through discussions on housing insecurity or mental health.

The fourth learning journey for community foundations this fall is impact investing. As community foundations, we work to get funding into organizations who are actively bettering our community. And yet, how can community foundations themselves contribute to this growth? The impact investing stream will build on your previous knowledge and give you new insights to discover on climate and gender-lens investing.

Explore the 2023 Fall Curriculum for the Learning Institute and register for sessions today!