Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Fri, 09/25/2015 - 10:01
In 2012, the Department of Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations applicable to private foundations seeking to make grants to foreign organizations using equivalency determinations. At the time, the Council submitted comments in support of the rules, and urged Treasury and the IRS to...
Posted Date: Wed, 09/23/2015 - 11:00
Important issues are rarely black and white. This is all the more true when you are talking about the United States Tax Code. Though hardly colorful, the volumes of statute, regulations, rulings, guidance, and discussion that flow from Congress, the Treasury Department, and the IRS can tax the...
Posted Date: Fri, 09/18/2015 - 14:39
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Regulatory News; News from the Hill; Trending in Legal Affairs; Happening in the States; and more!
Posted Date: Thu, 09/17/2015 - 08:00
This week, the Treasury Department released long-awaited guidance on mission-related investments (MRIs), which the Council requested this year in our 2015-16 Treasury Priority Guidance Plan comments. The Council, along with the Council of Michigan Foundations and Mission Investors Exchange,...
Posted Date: Fri, 09/11/2015 - 15:24
It’s an ever-clear sky today. Just as it was in 2001. And yet ever-clear and jet trails slicing September blue-skies then are now reminders, important ones, of the events of 9/11 and the losses and learnings we have experienced since.
Posted Date: Fri, 09/11/2015 - 14:34
In this week's Washington Snapshot: News from the Hill; Regulatory News; Trending in Legal Affairs; Happening in the States; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; Council Hosts Nonprofit Media Luncheon; and more!
Posted Date: Fri, 09/11/2015 - 14:18
War and tragedy have always brought us together as a people, but we need more regular experiences that foster the understanding that we are in a common enterprise. When the Founders penned the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness, they weren't just talking about an individual right,...
Posted Date: Fri, 09/11/2015 - 13:53
The Council submitted comments to the Department of Treasury regarding the Form 990. These comments highlighted elements of the Form that our Legal Affairs team receives inquiries about most often, and that we've found to create issues for participants of our National Standards for U.S....
Posted Date: Fri, 09/04/2015 - 14:30
In this week's Washington Snapshot: News from the Hill; Happening in the States; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; Upcoming Policy Events; Membership with COF; and more!
Posted Date: Wed, 09/02/2015 - 14:00
Personal story is a key element of the Orton Family Foundation's Community Heart & Soul™ method of community development that uses story to illuminate a community's history, priorities, and aspirations, and then distills them in a way that enables residents to drive local decision-...
Posted Date: Tue, 09/01/2015 - 09:49
Some people are drawn to snow-covered mountain peaks, others to the lush canopies of forests, a meandering river, a shimmering plain. For me it is the call of the sea.
Posted Date: Mon, 08/31/2015 - 15:37
As I've read and watched others' reflections on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of a great American city, I'm compelled to tell some of my story.
Posted Date: Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:38
Data gathered from 244 private and community foundations participating in the 2014 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community FoundationsTM (CCSF) show that the 142 private foundations participating in the study reported an average return of 6.1...
Posted Date: Tue, 08/25/2015 - 14:14
California's historic drought has us talking about access to water — who gets it, where to store it, how much it should cost — for the first time in 50 years. Many of us have taken water for granted and can use much less. At the same time, empty wells and desperate drilling should remind us...