Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 15:02
Nonprofit leaders are accustomed to justifying their need for operating support in appeals to potential donors. In a “proposal letter” written in June 1788, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart makes his case to benefactor Johann Michael Von Puchberg: “If you will do me this kindness, I shall primo (being thus...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:56
The concept of “strategic philanthropy” has gained much currency in recent years. While nonprofit effectiveness has likely increased because of it, it also has inhibited nonprofit impact. In practice, strategic philanthropy is often linear, technocratic and top-down, and self-limiting as a result....
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:53
As I write this, my partner and I about to leave for Borough Hall to get our marriage license. The Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 went largely as expected, yet I still found myself shocked and overwhelmed with joy that, for the first time in my...
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 14:50
For better or worse, the field of philanthropy is inundated with reports. My swelling “to-read” pile is the root cause of seemingly intractable clutter in my office.
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 13:11
In this issue: Tax Reform, IRS Scrutiny, the Max and Dave Road Show, Great Op-eds that caught our attention, Agriculture and Housing Agencies Collaborating With Foundations
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 12:31
In this issue: Tax Reform, IRS Scrutiny, More Great Op-Eds Supporting the Charitable Deduction, Over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 12:28
In this issue: Baucus and Hatch Call for "Blank Slate" in Tax Reform, More on Tax Reform, Charitable Deduction, IRS Scrutiny, and Giving USA 2013
Posted Date: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 10:41
In this issue: Giving USA Report Released, Senate Finance Committee Releases White Paper on Tax-Exempt Organizations and Charitable Giving, Baucus and Camp Plan Summer Tax Reform Road Show, Continued IRS Scrutiny
Posted Date: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 16:01
Council on Foundations president and CEO Vikki Spruill and several Council members met with Congressional leaders today to deliver the important message that changes to the charitable tax deduction would diminish its value and have an undeniably negative impact on communities across the United...
Posted Date: Fri, 11/22/2013 - 15:27
The Council on Foundations today announced the first members of its network team, which will facilitate the flow of information and ideas across the philanthropic sector. The network team will connect members around common issues of concern, connect our members to outside resources across sectors,...