RE: Philanthropy Blog

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 3:32pm

Patrick McCarthy is President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

James E. “Jim” Casey coined the phrase “constructive dissatisfaction” while steering United Parcel Service (now UPS) to becoming one of the world’s most successful companies. His dissatisfaction drove him to outpace the competition as he developed innovative transportation strategies, implemented advanced management practices and constantly broke new ground.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 2:08pm

Suzanne E. Siskel is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Asia Foundation.

On November 8, 2015, millions in Myanmar went to the polls to cast their votes – many for the first or second time in their lives – for members of the Union Parliament as well as for the 14 state and region parliaments. After decades of military rule, this marked the country’s first election in which all political parties participated, and on March 15, the new Parliament elected the new president, Htin Kyaw. To bridge this crucial voter information gap, The Asia Foundation turned to Myanmar’s small but rapidly growing tech community. On September 12, just two months before elections, more than 130 developers and designers in 30 teams entered the MaePaySoh Hack Challenge, a competition to create mobile and web applications that are user-friendly, fun, and full of essential information for voters about the general elections.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 12:45pm

Alexandra Caraballo, National Manager, Philanthropy at Kaiser Permanente.

Imagine this scenario: it’s Monday and John Smith waits to be released from the county jail. In his hand, he holds confirmation of a medical appointment for Tuesday that someone from a community-based organization arranged for him, anticipating he will get the medical treatment he needs. John is HIV positive.

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 2:44pm

Carla Roberts, President and CEO of the Fremont Area Community Foundation

In 2012, the Fremont Area Community Foundation took a major step toward building a stronger workforce and increasing educational achievement by adopting Goal 2025—a national goal—to increase the proportion of our residents with high-quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:15pm

Brad Ward

Brad Ward shares his experiences attending the AdNet, CommA, and ProNet Professional Networks for Community Foundation staff this week in New Orleans, which represents the first time these three professional peer network groups have convened together. This combined event clearly reflects the community foundation way of collaboration, leveraging resources, and convening like-minded individuals for the common good.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 4:40pm

Brad Cameron is Communications & Knowledge Management Associate at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

The Great Recession hurt many Americans, and rural communities across the US have had to continue fighting to provide residents with facilities to educate their children, businesses that offer goods and employment, and other institutions to meet residents’ needs. In rural communities, it’s not uncommon for children to have to ride the bus for an hour to get to school and another hour to get home. It’s not uncommon for people to have to drive 45 minutes to get their groceries. Broadband Internet is rarely available and residents rely on very slow dial-up connections.

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.

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 3:26pm

Brad Ward

I find myself at the Council on Foundations after eight years of leading a growing Community Foundation because I believe in this institution. I believe it is an intersection between the broad philanthropic sector and an extremely localized community focus. I believe in community place-based initiatives, and I adamantly defend our role as endowment builders for our communities. It is the single-greatest offering we provide our donors, nonprofits, and communities—a lasting vehicle to change the world, at least or little corner of it.