Community Foundation Training

Invest in yourself with a guide to everything your foundation does and can do in the community.

In addition to CF Boot Camps held multiple times a year in Indiana and virtually, IPA offers customizable training opportunities for community foundations across the country.



Community foundations are complex organizations. For more than 25 years, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) has housed a dedicated program that offers specialized assistance to over 90 community foundations in Indiana. These foundations have achieved impressive sustainability, play significant leadership roles in communities, and have grown their assets to almost $4 billion. As part of this program, IPA developed a highly-regarded curriculum that gives a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation—now offered to audiences across the United States.

IPA partners with individual foundations, philanthropy-serving organizations, or other groups to offer Community Foundation Boot Camp (12 hours), Community Foundation Basics (6 hours), and other customized training options. Training takes place on-site at your location or virtually. 

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To bring CF training to your foundation or group, please contact us at We will work with you to develop a workshop best suited to your unique audience.


CF Boot Camp is a comprehensive overview, with resource materials, of the structure and operations of a community foundation. Offered in-person (2 days, 12 hours) or virtually (6 days, 12 hours). View the curriculum.

CF Basics covers the same range of topics and resource materials as CF Boot Camp, but in less depth. Offered in-person (1 day, 6 hours) or virtually (3 days, 6 hours). View the curriculum. 

IPA works with you to customize a training program that works best for your foundation or group.

Go here to sign up for exclusive invites to community foundation trainings and offerings.



  • Community Leadership
  • Asset Development
  • Donor Communications
  • Governance
  • Grantmaking
  • Finance and Investments
  • Fund Management
  • Legal Aspects
  • Lifecycles
  • Operational Sustainability


What Others Are Saying

This training has been presented to over a thousand participants in partnership with the United Philanthropy Forum, Southeast Council of Foundations, Iowa Council of Foundations, League of California Community Foundations, Philanthropy Colorado, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, Florida Philanthropic Network, and more. Here's what some of our participants had to say:

“I can now answer questions donors might have quickly, correctly, and with confidence.”

Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana

“A great opportunity to learn a variety of tried and true strategies from colleagues in the field.”

Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley, Colorado

“Bootcamp should be a requirement for all foundation employees.”

LaGrange County Community Foundation, Indiana

Over 80% of my current board attended this training and they were so glad they did!”

Benton Community Foundation, Indiana

“I learned things I didn’t know about community foundations, but more importantly, I learned what we are doing well.”

Community Foundation of Macon County, Illinois