RE: Philanthropy Blog

Posted Date: Thu, 03/05/2015 - 13:59
Isssues: Public Policy
An engaged group of seventy funders came together January 27 for a learning forum hosted in Los Angeles by the Council on Foundations and Southern California Grantmakers entitled, “Politics, Policy, and Philanthropy: How Your Funding Priorities Could be Impacted This Year.” The 2016 election cycle is already well underway and with it comes unique opportunities and challenges affecting the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors at the federal, state and local levels.
Posted Date: Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:11
Low-income families typically have few options for emergency cash, forcing many to rely on high-cost payday loans for unexpected financial needs. But these loans, which are disproportionately marketed to low-income and minority communities, lead to repeated cash shortages that drive consumers to take out successive payday loans, trapping them in vicious cycles of debt.
Posted Date: Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:01
For over 25 years Blandin Foundation has provided community leadership training across rural Minnesota. One thing we’ve learned is that resilient, vibrant and sustainable communities are anchored in the quality and diversity of their connections.
Posted Date: Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:19
Isssues: Public Policy
Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill calls on the Senate to pass the America Gives More Act and protect giving.
Katherine La Beau
Posted Date: Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:29
Isssues: Public Policy
When disaster strikes, who do you call first? Unless she’s a volunteer firefighter, you probably didn’t say your accountant.
Katherine La Beau
Posted Date: Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:01
Isssues: Public Policy
Imagine your dream retirement, living comfortably off with the retirement savings you worked hard to build for years.
Laura Tomasko
Posted Date: Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:44
At the White House this week, foundation executives, including the Council’s President and CEO Vikki Spruill, met with senior Administration officials for a roundtable on the future of impact investing. A complement to charitable giving and foundation grantmaking, impact investing offers a powerful opportunity to provide cash, loans, or equity capital to an organization, fund, or company that intends to generate measurable social or environmental impacts, alongside financial returns.
Posted Date: Tue, 05/06/2014 - 14:42
At a recent gubernatorial candidate forum I attended in Rhode Island, a Brown University professor presented on the challenges of climate change for the Ocean State. His last slide gave three examples of “win-win solutions.” At the top of the list was the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI).
Chris Goett
Posted Date: Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:16
The Community Foundations of Canada’s Vital Signs is an annual community check-up, conducted by community foundations across Canada – and now around the world – that uses data to measure the vitality of our communities. The effort started in the late 1990s at the Toronto Community Foundation (TCF). The Council’s Christopher Goett, caught up with Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation, to discuss TCF’s Vital Signs initiative as part of The Council’s #CF100 series.
Katherine La Beau
Posted Date: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 12:42
Isssues: Public Policy
Community foundations have a unique philanthropic voice in to bring to policymakers in Washington D.C. You are fully integrated into the lifeblood of your communities, and are intimately familiar with the urgent needs of those you serve. This grassroots experience is invaluable, and it is essential that lawmakers hear your perspective so that the decisions they make reflect the needs of real communities across America.

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