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Meeting the Challenges of an Aging Population with Success

March 11, 2015

With 117,099 people over the age of 65, Franklin County has the second-highest number of seniors among all Ohio counties. Projection data from the Ohio Department of Development indicates that Franklin County's 65-and-over population will grow to 224,340 by the year 2040. Key findings from this report indicate that improved coordination between the complex web of federal, state, county, and municipal resources would have significant impact on seniors' health and quality of life. The report also includes an analysis of the most vulnerable seniors in Franklin County identified at the neighborhood level.

Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

September 1, 2013

The Field Guide takes community foundations through three main stages of the impact investing journey: Learn, Design, and Activate. Although many resources exist that explain how to invest for both social impact and financial return, the Field Guide is the first comprehensive resource to specifically focus on the needs of a community foundation.

Ohio Student Mobility Research: Statewide Overview

November 1, 2012

In 2011, Community Research Partners (CRP) and The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (Fordham) entered into a partnership to conduct research on student mobility in Ohio. Fordham, a national leader in advancing educational excellence through quality research, commentary, and advocacy, wanted to build on their recent research on student mobility in the Dayton area and examine student mobility throughout the state. CRP brought to the project its experience in undertaking research on student mobility in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) and in processing and analyzing student-level records from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).In June 2011, Fordham provided CRP with a planning grant to develop a workable research plan. ODE provided CRP with student-records from the Education Management Information System (EMIS). Beginning with the 2008 -- 2009 school year, EMIS has included unique student identifiers that charter schools in Ohio. With assistance from ODE staff in understanding and using the EMIS data, CRP analyzed student records for Franklin County districts. The outcome of the planning phase was a design for a large-scale study of student mobility in Ohio, to be conducted by CRP. Work on the project began in February 2012.

2011 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts for Navigating Peaks and Valleys

May 10, 2012

Outlines survey findings about the performance of community foundations in 2011, including trends in asset levels, grantmaking levels, grant distribution rates, growth in donor-advised funds, operating budgets, and revenue sources.

Benchmarking Central Ohio 2011

November 30, 2011

Benchmarking Central Ohio 2011 represents the fourth edition of the Benchmarking project, following upon previous reports released in March 2007, March 2008, and March 2009. Benchmarking is a process by which standardized, measurable indicators are used to track and assess how a community is doing in comparison to other communities across the state or nation. The report shows a mixed picture of the Columbus metro area, which ranks high in many economic and education indicators, but low in key indicators of personal prosperity and health. The report compares Central Ohio with 15 other metropolitan regions on 76 indicators in five broad areas: population vitality, economic strength, personal prosperity, community wellbeing, and lifelong learning. The 2011 report includes 18 new indicators and a companion spreadsheet with data for the 100 largest metro areas.

Columbus Foundation - 2009 Annual Report: Go Together

December 15, 2010

Contains message from the board chair and the president, 2009 highlights, philanthropy award recipients, donor and grantee profiles, grants list, funds list, financial summary, and lists of board members and staff.

Creative Columbus: A Picture of the Creative Economy of Central Ohio

June 12, 2009

Creative Columbus: a Picture of the Creative Economy of Central Ohio was released on June 12, 2009. The report, developed for the Columbus College of Art & Design by Community Research Partners, takes an in-depth look at central Ohio's creative services sector to determine its size, characteristics, magnitude, and direct economic value. Supporting funders of the project include the Columbus Foundation, Compete Columbus, the Franklin County Commissioners, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and The Ohio State University.Creative Columbus is a unique project that studies both creative industries and occupations, drills down to the neighborhood level, and supplements these findings with primary data from a survey of a range of stakeholders in the creative economy. CRP used online networking sites and local blogs to generate awareness about the project. Offline, we had conversations with the creative community, whose support for this project providers impetus for future action.

Columbus Public Schools 2003 Student Mobility Research Project Report

October 27, 2003

Student mobility is the phenomenon of students in grades K-12 changing schools, both during the school year and in the summer, for reasons other than customary promotion from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school. Student mobility is an important research topic because of: 1) the current education policy environment, with its focus on school choice; 2) the impact of student mobility on school building and school district performance; 3) the relationship of mobility and at-risk children and their families; and 4) the impact of highly mobile populations on the quality of neighborhoods and communities.In May 2002, The Columbus Foundation commissioned research by Community Research Partners (CRP) to study the causes, patterns and impact of high student mobility in the Linden-McKinley feeder pattern of the Columbus Public Schools (CPS) and to recommend both school and community strategies to address mobility. CRP is a non-profit research and evaluation organization, and a partnership of the City of Columbus, United Way of Central Ohio and the John Glenn Institute at The Ohio State University.

Strengthening Community Foundations - Redefining the Opportunities

October 1, 2003

Commissioned by the Council on Foundations and released in October 2003, this white paper details the findings and the implications of our study of costs and revenues at nine community foundations. Offering a new perspective for community foundation sustainability, the white paper proposes that community foundations examine their strategy and operations on a product-by-product basis, taking into account their mission-driven priorities, internal costs, customer preferences and the competing donor alternatives for each type of product or service they offer.