RE: Philanthropy Blog

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:34am

The Council mourns the loss of Rick Cohen.

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 5:32pm

Natalie Ross

Last Friday, a string of terror attacks took place across Paris, killing more than 130 people on a warm, lively Friday evening. The day before, a double suicide bomb attack killed more than 40 people and wounded 200 more in a market in South Beirut. These attacks happened the same week as a bomb at a funeral in Baghdad killed 18 and a Russian airliner killed 224 on board after crashing near Sinai, Egypt.

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:00am

Although the Orfalea Fund was created as a limited-life entity, the daily pressure has been mounting since we publically announced our sunset two years ago. Publicizing our end-date brought a new level of focus and urgency to ensuring the sustainability of our efforts in early childhood education, school food reform, and community disaster readiness.

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:00am

We could all name an instance where an act of goodwill impacted our lives or even changed it. Often these reflections aren’t about giving or receiving a significant sum of money. They involve genuine engagement and empathy, especially in a time of need.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 12:15pm

Brandolon Barnett

As autumn begins, the research team at the Council inevitably sees an increase in the number of foundations seeking data on the salaries, benefits, and administrative expenses of their peers. There is no more comprehensive study of these trends than the Council’s Grantmakers Salary & Benefits Report (GSB). That’s why we’re pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Salary Tables!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

Community foundations are, by title and definition, about community. So when the time came for us to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, we agreed: our celebration had to be for, from and about the community.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 12:26pm

In philanthropy we’ve long known that we play a unique role by addressing society’s most pressing challenges at their root. Our work is distinct from charity – focused less on meeting immediate needs and more on tackling the underlying causes. And we’re well positioned to take risks to figure out what strategies work best to solve social problems, something that companies and other players beholden to greater political and consumer pressures can’t always do.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 11:00am

John Cochrane

Important issues are rarely black and white. This is all the more true when you are talking about the United States Tax Code. Though hardly colorful, the volumes of statute, regulations, rulings, guidance, and discussion that flow from Congress, the Treasury Department, and the IRS can tax the interpretive skills of even the most knowledgeable readers.

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 3:24pm

Siobhan O'Riordan

It’s an ever-clear sky today. Just as it was in 2001. And yet ever-clear and jet trails slicing September blue-skies then are now reminders, important ones, of the events of 9/11 and the losses and learnings we have experienced since.

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 2:18pm

War and tragedy have always brought us together as a people, but we need more regular experiences that foster the understanding that we are in a common enterprise. When the Founders penned the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness, they weren't just talking about an individual right, but a common undertaking that we help one another to achieve.