RE: Philanthropy Blog

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:44am

Carla Thompson

Carla D. Thompson, the vice president of program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, writes about the Couples Advancing Together program that the Center for Urban Families offers families who currently receive public benefits through the Maryland Department of Social Services. By providing services such as healthy relationship skill-building, employment assistance and case management services, the program puts fathers in the best position they can be to play an active role in their children’s lives.

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 4:02pm

Hazle Hamilton, the Executive Vice President at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, shares how the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program has been an important resource for the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 8:30am

Carrie Walton Penner

When my grandparents, Sam and Helen Walton, set the course for our family’s philanthropic vision in the late 1980s, they set out to make lasting change by empowering individuals. My grandfather often said there is no limit to what can be accomplished when people are given opportunity and incentive, and my grandmother reinforced that giving back was the most important undertaking our family could do together.

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 3:04pm

Historically, community foundations have worked to create change by making grants to local nonprofits, advocacy groups, and other organizations. But a new breed of funders is showing how, by serving in yet another role, they can foster change that is more comprehensive, more responsive to residents’ needs, and, hopefully, more enduring. This role involves reaching into the very roots of the community to its people, and empowering them.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 1:22pm

In America, more so than in other countries, philanthropies play a unique and important role of supporting innovative policy experiments that, when successful, often become the basis of future government actions. These successful innovations, however, tend to be under-covered by the press, and there has been no single place where citizens and public officials can go to read about them.

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 1:16pm

Brad Ward

My journey with community philanthropy began when I accepted we all die. The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will. This is why I have an endowment with my local community foundation and I suggest you consider the same to make a difference in the world; at least your little corner of it.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 3:50pm

Recently, I saw the power of what happens when you put a few dozen foundation CEOs in a room together to discuss the future. They generate as many questions for each other as answers, and, as the head of the Council on Foundations, I’d say that’s a great thing for the communities philanthropy serves. After all, learning and leading together is how lasting solutions are made.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:54am

As part of the Learn Foundation Law team, I am excited to announce the launch of our new training course, Working with Government Officials: Rules for Private Foundations. This course is designed to help private foundation staff navigate the rules and regulations surrounding interactions with government officials.

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 5:03pm

Vikki Spruill

Today we celebrate a major victory for community foundations and your donors.

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 9:09am

Vikki Spruill

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to not only address challenges in developing countries, but also to make progress on many of the same challenges that persist in ‘developed’ countries.