Council & Member News Feed

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...
Posted Date: Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:00
Can business acumen help overcome social challenges? Can entrepreneurial zeal generate innovative solutions? Can the energy of a new generation be harnessed to lead us forward on pressing causes? These were some of the questions addressed at the 2015 Social Innovation Summit.
Posted Date: Mon, 06/22/2015 - 13:28
The fabric of Foundations funding human services forms a rich mosaic with themes as diverse as housing, education, employment, social justice issues, physical and public health. The thread that interconnects with all of these is the mental health of the individuals and communities who are targets...
Posted Date: Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:44
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Leaders in the Field Speak Out; News from the Hill; Happening Around the Globe; Happening in the States; Regulatory News; Trending in Legal Affairs; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; and more!
Posted Date: Thu, 06/18/2015 - 16:40
This week, Stan Katz, Benjamin Soskis and Maribel Morey released HistPhil, a new blog that focuses on both “the studying of history and the making of history”. The blog is a result of the co-founders insight that philanthropy as a whole has much to gain from studying its past. The founders hope...
Posted Date: Mon, 06/15/2015 - 16:30
This morning, Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill helped launch a new platform on the Huffington Post that highlights important developments and leading thinkers on social innovation. The blog features thoughts from leaders such as Clara Miller of the F.B. Heron Foundation and Maria Rodale of...
Posted Date: Mon, 06/15/2015 - 15:01
In late May I attended a meeting in Atlanta focused on impact investing hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) and the Council on Foundations (Council) about impact investing. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s collaboration with the...
Posted Date: Fri, 06/12/2015 - 16:04
In this week's Washington Snapshot: News from the Hill; Regulatory News; Trending in Legal Affairs; Happening in the States; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; and more!
Posted Date: Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:00
While the globalization of markets has dispersed investments around the world, we’ve hatched a plan to bring capital back to our communities in a transparent, coordinated, and collaborative way. I’m excited to announce Canopy, an innovative, member-owned, for-benefit company designed to advance...
Posted Date: Fri, 06/05/2015 - 15:35
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Leading Together to Advance Philanthropy; Happening Around the Globe; Happening in the States; Trending in Legal Affairs; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; and more!
Posted Date: Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:30
Working with our colleagues who understand the value of philanthropy, the Council's President & CEO Vikki Spruill co-wrote a letter to the editor with senior leaders from both United Way Worldwide and The Jewish Federations of North America.
Posted Date: Thu, 06/04/2015 - 15:10
The Council on Foundations' 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey will be open from June 2 through July 31, 2015. The survey collects information on benefits policies and practices, as well as compensation data for 35 positions at community, corporate, private, public, and operating...