RE: Philanthropy Blog

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 2:15pm

In the U.S., more than half of the children younger than a year old are of color and almost one in every 10 counties is majority-minority. By 2023, the majority of U.S. children will be of color. And by 2042, people of color will comprise the majority of the entire U.S. population. These demographics have been shifting over several decades and are especially pronounced in the metropolitan areas that many community foundations represent.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 2:13pm

I’m feeling “old.” Not as opposed to “young,” but as opposed to “new.” I think it’s all this talk in our sector lately about innovation. Whatever happened to “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” It’s just oh so sexy and attention-grabbing to label something as “new” even when it’s not.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 2:10pm

The Fall Conference for Community Foundations* is fast approaching. I want to make sure that you are aware of several opportunities at the conference to learn about the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™. Developed in the spirit of accountability, transparency, and continuous self-improvement, National Standards are evidence that community foundations are committed to excellence for their communities and donors. The Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB), a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations, administers the National Standards accreditation process. The CFNSB is responsible for the quality, value, and integrity of compliance with National Standards and ensures that they remain relevant amid changing policies, procedures, and regulations.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 2:08pm

Every year at the Fall Conference for Community Foundations, members of the Council’s government relations and legal team provide a legislative and regulatory update, including implications for the philanthropic sector. In addition, they offer tips on how to navigate the sometimes muddy political waters and discuss how community foundation colleagues are partnering at the federal, state, and local levels to promote positive philanthropic policies.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 2:05pm

We know donor-advised funds (DAFs) are the engine of growth for many community foundations, but what do we know about the role they play in our communities? This is an often-discussed and debated topic among community foundation staff and boards.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 2:02pm

Why do community foundation CEOs pursue “community leadership” as a key organizing strategy in their foundations? Because there was a leadership void in our community and we realized we were uniquely positioned to step up. Because we recognized we had important assets that could help address the huge challenges facing our community. Because under the status quo, things were getting worse in our community, not better.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 1:56pm

Last week, The Merck Company Foundation launched a new three-year, $3 million initiative, the HIV Care Collaborative for Underserved Populations in the United States, to help the local health departments in Atlanta, Houston, and Philadelphia connect more people living with HIV/AIDS to the care they need to stay healthy.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:03pm

On Monday, DRF announced a $10 million grant to fund an entrepreneurship initiative to benefit the residents of the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County in Virginia and Caswell County in North Carolina, the foundation’s Dan River Region footprint. In a global economy, investment in those who create businesses is essential. The Dan River Region is emerging from a depressed economy brought about by the exodus of the tobacco and textile economy on which it thrived for over a century.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:01pm

Following the success of Kentucky’s inaugural Foundations 101 meeting, I was part of a group of several funders in Alabama who joined together earlier this month to reach out to the local staffs of our elected officials for our own 101 session.