Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Mon, 04/11/2016 - 08:05
Keynote Speaker David McCullough imparted the wisdom attained by a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and noted historian as it pertained to the conference’s themes of identity, purpose and place Sunday. McCullough weaved snippets of some of his meticulously researched historical subjects and...
Posted Date: Mon, 04/11/2016 - 08:02
To help foundations do their part in creating and supporting the “kinder and braver world” described by the youth of the video, Council on Foundations President and CEO Vikki Spruill talked Sunday to the 2106 Annual Conference about the challenges associated with “Resetting Our Framework for the...
Posted Date: Sun, 04/10/2016 - 16:28
Jessie Ball duPont never worried about energy conservation or carbon footprints, and she probably never discussed affordable rents or the role of the nonprofit sector. But today, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund works on those and other issues that might seem foreign to Mrs. duPont -- and all in perfect...
Posted Date: Sun, 04/10/2016 - 16:27
Hoping to harness a quality of livability in downtown Pittsburgh, Colcom Foundation collaborated with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to install 400 planters with five different seasonal displays throughout the year.
Posted Date: Sun, 04/10/2016 - 15:22
In the summer of 2013 an investigative filmmaker, Orlando von Einsiedel, approached the Arcus Foundation (the world’s largest funder of ape conservation) with disturbing news: a British company, SOCO, was illegally exploring Virunga National Park with an eye towards developing it as an oil field....
Posted Date: Sat, 04/09/2016 - 15:32
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...
Posted Date: Sat, 04/09/2016 - 14:08
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...
Posted Date: Sat, 04/09/2016 - 12:45
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...
Posted Date: Fri, 04/08/2016 - 14:53
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Charity Bill Introduced in Senate; Council Signs Onto Administration's Fair Business Pledge; States Addressing Employment Policies in Different Ways; Council Board Chair Pens Op-Ed on Value of Perpetuity; and more!
Posted Date: Fri, 04/08/2016 - 14:44
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...
Posted Date: Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:15
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...
Posted Date: Thu, 04/07/2016 - 16:40
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...
Posted Date: Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:44
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...