Over the last three years, the Council has developed a suite of resources to help foundations embrace Values-Aligned Philanthropy (VAP), including a toolkit designed specifically for community foundations. We started this work because we repeatedly heard that community foundations were experiencing challenges with balancing donor interest and organizational values. Since we began this work, one question has consistently been asked:
“How do I get my board to support this?”
Our new VAP Board Discussion Guide can help you answer that question and ensure buy-in at every level of your foundation.
The guide lays out tips for communicating the concept of Values-Aligned Philanthropy to your board of directors and suggested answers to real-world concerns that other organizations have faced.
Read our new blog post to see how two community foundations, the Delaware Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Monterey County, have engaged with Values-Aligned Philanthropy.
We also have opportunities to connect and learn with your peers. Next week (September 19), we’re hosting a VAP Webinar, where you’ll pick up practical tips as you explore, design, or implement anti-hate funding policies at your foundation.
If you’re looking to go deeper, please reach out to Nidale Zouhir to join our Values-Aligned Philanthropy Peer Learning Circle. In addition to bimonthly meetings with peers that are engaging in Values-Aligned Philanthropy or looking to get started, registering gives you access to a Philanthropy Exchange community where you can connect with other community foundation staff and share resources and strategies about preventing hate funding.
Community foundations have been driving this important work from the very beginning, and the Council is excited to provide the resources you need to ensure that your work lifts and strengthens your communities.
Vice President of Membership, Development, and Finance