RE: Philanthropy Blog

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.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 5:33pm

Today, more than 30,000 organizations, countless individuals, and a host of policymakers are celebrating the importance and impact of charitable giving and philanthropy. Under the banner of #GivingTuesday, Henry Timms & New York’s 92nd Street YMCA in partnership with the UN Foundation have mobilized a global call to action in support of nonprofits and the vital services they support.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 10:00am

Stephanie McGencey

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the nation’s top 50 donors committed $1.6 billion to support a wide range of scientific research initiatives. The foundations investing in scientific research are helping to pave the way for many significant advances that are saving lives, reducing costs of medical treatments, protecting the environment and providing other benefits to individuals and society. Many believe that only very large foundations are leveraging their resources to support scientific research and know little about other foundations that are leveraging their resources in this way.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:34am

The Council mourns the loss of Rick Cohen.