Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 10:10
I attended the “What is place-based philanthropy?” site visit, and it got me thinking about the role of private business in community foundation projects. There are fruitful relationships and productive roles we could do more to develop, and San Diego has some interesting models.
Posted Date: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 10:09
A packed room came to hear how community foundations are successfully listening and responding to their communities. The work we heard about was innovative, sometimes controversial, and completely inspiring.
Posted Date: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 10:07
At the “Trends and Realities” plenary, the panelists all recognized economic issues in their communities as being among those things that kept them up at night. But my biggest take-away came from Mariam Noland, President of the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.
Posted Date: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 10:03
Across the country, community foundations are recognizing the power of public
 policy work to advance their missions. Some do so by awarding grants for advocacy activities like public education and research. Others support nonprofits to lobby. And many others engage in advocacy themselves by taking...
Posted Date: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 10:00
While folks here in California are no strangers to the earth moving beneath their feet, they are currently witnessing a seismic shift of another kind. Earlier this year, for the first time, the population of Latinos in California equaled the number of whites. And by early 2014, California will...
Posted Date: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 09:57
One of the most pressing topics for community foundations is the reinvention of their position as catalysts for change. Foundations are increasingly taking on new, proactive roles within their communities, capitalizing on their ability to lead and advocate. They are independent and unencumbered...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 17:02
What: Learning Lab, Key Tools to Weave a Richer Civic Fabric When: Monday, September 23, 2013 (4:45pm-5:15pm) Where: Elizabeth Foyer, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 17:00
Are you making technology harder than it needs to be? If you are in an executive leadership position at a community foundation, the answer to this question is probably yes. Why is that? Why do we cringe, ever so slightly, when we hear the word? Technology often seems overwhelming and complicated....
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:57
Today, Council on Foundations president and CEO Vikki Spruill is in New York City to talk with the board of Realdania about trends in American philanthropy and how we can leverage transatlantic partnerships in the field. Today’s meeting complements the Council’s existing efforts, such as co-...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:56
The philanthropic goals of being a servant leader and achieving greater return-on-investment are not mutually exclusive. In fact, we believe they are intertwined. At the Council on Foundations Conference on Community Foundations in San Diego, come explore these ideas in a highly interactive...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:54
A few weeks ago, I conducted research to prepare for a teleconference and revisited a website to print information for the meeting. Using the Google search engine, I found the link to the page and clicked on it. To my dismay, a “Page Not Found” message was displayed. Looking for a solution, I...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:50
Earlier this year, Project Streamline – an initiative of the Grants Managers Network – released Practices That Matter: Taking Stock of Streamlining. Five years after our initial exploration of the burdens of application and reporting, Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose, this new report...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:46
The shootings in Newtown, prison overcrowding, disproportionate minority confinement and Attorney General Holder’s recent advocacy for increased judicial discretion for “low level” offenders have placed increased pressure on community foundations to respond to new community and policy realities....
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:44
Last week a member of U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ staff called to ask for my help. Senator Collins, who is the ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, was launching a newsletter focused on the issue of aging. She wanted to be sure to cover the most important and interesting topics...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 16:41
Fifty years ago yesterday, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom inspired and unified millions. That it rose above the hatred and vitriol that was gripping the nation made it all the more powerful. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, iconic “I Have a Dream” speech made it clear that the civil...

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