Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Thu, 07/16/2015 - 15:31
Well, the phrase “Culture of Health” can mean different things to different people. But in general, it means recognizing that health is an essential part of everything we do… And that every [BOG1]person deserves the chance to achieve well-being.
Posted Date: Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:30
In 2014, the Cleveland Foundation became the first community foundation in the world to turn 100 years old. After Frederick H. Goff founded Cleveland’s community foundation in 1914, the idea quickly took off across the United States and today there are an estimated 1,800 community foundations...
Posted Date: Wed, 07/15/2015 - 15:13
Good morning! My name is Vikki Spruill. On behalf of the Council on Foundations and our global network of grantmaking foundations and corporations, I offer you warm greetings from the country’s philanthropic community.
Posted Date: Tue, 07/14/2015 - 16:13
For many community foundations, Giving Days have been a great way to cultivate donors for their community’s nonprofits, while raising millions for local causes. Several funders have gained so much expertise in this area, that they have shared their own tools and templates for the broader field in...
Posted Date: Fri, 07/10/2015 - 15:59
In this week's Washington Snapshot: News from the Hill; Regulatory News; Trending in Legal Affairs; Happening in the States; Happening Around the Globe; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; and more!
Posted Date: Fri, 07/10/2015 - 10:03
Interning at the Council on Foundations is giving us a great look at a cross-section of the philanthropic field. The Council’s members, after all, come in all shapes and sizes – large, small, corporate, community foundations, and everything in between. As much as we research them, as much as we...
Posted Date: Fri, 07/10/2015 - 09:22
On July 26th, we mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA25), which prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. The...
Posted Date: Thu, 07/09/2015 - 13:56
Over the last two years, the Council has been actively engaging with the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as they have taken steps that could shift the global regulatory environment for cross-border philanthropy. Recently, there have been three important developments in the...
Posted Date: Wed, 07/08/2015 - 15:30
Girls and young women of color have made important gains in education, health and economic security in recent years. There is cause to celebrate increased graduation rates, higher participation in post-secondary education, reduced rates of teenage pregnancy, and even lower rates of unemployment....
Posted Date: Mon, 06/29/2015 - 15:37
According to published reports there are some 80,000 foundations in the United States. They collectively expend more than $50 billion each year for charitable purposes. The IRS expects foundation managers to be conversant with the statutes and regulations as they discharge their governance and...
Posted Date: Fri, 06/26/2015 - 15:30
In this week's Washington Snapshot: News from the Hill; Regulatory News; Trending in Legal Affairs; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; and more!
Posted Date: Fri, 06/26/2015 - 14:01
The year I was born, 1963, being gay was officially deemed a mental illness by the medical establishment. Same-sex relationships were illegal in every state, save Illinois. The federal government maintained a policy that prohibited the hiring of "known perverts,” then referring to lesbian, gay...
Posted Date: Fri, 06/26/2015 - 13:10
Social change transpires at a blistering pace, in both promising and discouraging trajectories. After growing up in isolation in South Dakota and cutting my teeth decades ago as an LGBTQ human rights activist, I’m gob-smacked and elated by today’s Supreme Court decision.
Posted Date: Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:13
This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). With the ADA, our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities.In line with our work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion for all people, the ADA represents a...
Posted Date: Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:47
Community philanthropy is a field in expansion throughout the world – the number of community philanthropy organizations has more than doubled between 2000 and 2014. Among the several elements driving this growth, is the work of foundations and philanthropy infrastructure organizations serving the...