RE: Philanthropy Blog

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 1:10pm

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are a popular topic these days. DAFs are powerful giving mechanisms set up at financial institutions and community foundations that allow donors to support and remain connected to causes and issues they care about most. When explained, people get it. They see the power and need for DAFs. Despite the inroads we have made in educating elected officials, journalists, and the general public about DAFs, damaging misinformation continues to be put out about them.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs Suzanne Friday introduces the Council's new legal publication, Mastering Foundation Law, The Council on Foundations Compendium of Legal Resources. Offered as an annual subscription, the Compendium is a comprehensive guide to foundation law for the non-lawyer. Each chapter focuses on a different area of law relevant to private and public charitable foundations and includes detailed citations and explanations of the applicable Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulation sections, relevant sample documents, and a discussion of state law issues that may apply.

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 9:32am

The vote for Britain to exit the European Union took philanthropy and the rest of the world by surprise. But it raises tough new questions about how grant makers should respond to political and financial turmoil and uncertainty.

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 3:54pm

I started this blog post earlier in the month to recognize June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, but the tragedy in Orlando rightly caused the Council and my blog post to change course. As June comes to a close, it seems fitting to celebrate the LGBTQ community and the steps which our society has taken on its journey toward full equality.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 9:18am

The second chapter of the Council’s full 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report provides extensive data on staff and salaries. In it, we offer tables on everything from the size of responding foundations, to the diversity of their full-time staff and the tenure and turnover of various staff members. There is also data on salaries. Later chapters also feature extensive salary data, but this chapter focuses on CEOs and program officers in particular.

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 10:33am

Giving USA 2016 was released this week.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 3:33pm

The Council on Foundations stands in solidarity with those affected by the horrific attack in Orlando.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 4:59pm

Council Global Philanthropy Intern McQuillin Murphy reflects on what he learned participating in a Council co-hosted event at the Colombian Embassy on June 9 to introduce 35 foundations from Colombia to American philanthropy. The day featured panel discussions on a wide range of topics, including best practice in advocacy and public policy, new forms of U.S. philanthropy and social innovation, and community philanthropy.

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 1:49pm

The Council of Foundations' summer interns are here! From now through August, our interns — all currently enrolled college students from across the country — will be working in the Council’s office helping to advance the good work of our members and to expand the reach and scope of philanthropy. In addition to gaining invaluable work experience, Council interns will participate in unique professional development opportunities including an HR: 101 course, site tours of local member foundations, one-on-one meetings with senior Council leadership, team-building workshops, and more.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 10:02am

In our continuing blog post series about the 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report (GSB), this week we are tackling the key findings section of the report.