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Community Foundation Excellence (CFE) Fundamentals Course - Los Angeles

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 to Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles
281 South Figueroa Street, Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90012
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A well-trained staff and an informed board are critical to the success of community foundations in our fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and experienced community foundation staff build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management.

Created and led by experienced leaders, this course includes:

  • Basic information on governance, resource development and donor relations;
  • Updates on key legal and legislative issues;
  • Information on grantmaking; and
  • Review of community leadership and fiduciary responsibilities.

Developed in conjunction with Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy, these courses help community foundation staff, board members and volunteers master the unique aspects of the community foundation field. You'll learn about effective practices, get helpful tools and information, and have the opportunity to network with others in the field. Comprehensive and engaging, these courses are an efficient and affordable way to increase your knowledge of the field. Please note, this course is limited to Community Foundation staff and Board members only. 

*Council events are not opportunities for solicitation of any kind, including asking for business, fund management, or grants. All types of solicitation are strictly prohibited. For more information, read our no solicitation policy.


SCG members receive the Council on Foundations member rate of $595.


Instructions for registering:

  1. Please use this CFE Fundamentals Course - LA event link, select Log in to Register, Login and start your registration
  2. Once logged in you will be asked if you are registering yourself, or a colleague; make your selection and click Next.
  3. Under the “I will be attending as…”  section please select California Assoc., which will then ask you to provide a passcode. To obtain the passcode, please contact [email protected].
  4. Confirm or edit badge information and answer registration questions.  Click Checkout.
  5. Review your cart, and make sure the registration fee is $595.
  6. If you encounter any issues please contact the Council on Foundations at [email protected].




  • Review community foundation's history, emerging goals, unique characteristics and future trends
  • Discuss governance and board responsibilities respective to their roles and goals
  • Engage in a discussion on why and how donors give to community foundations
  • Learn of various gift types, developing gift agreements and planned giving
  • Understand resource development procedures in attracting gifts
  • Listen and learn from the Council legal team to comprehend all legalities from nonprofits to donor control 
  • Ascertain key tips and tools about stewardship, accountability and fiduciary responsibilities within your community foundations
  • Discover ways to set grantmaking priorities and understand roles in community leadership


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