Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:51
The Council on Foundations announces the recipients of The Distinguished Service Award, Robert Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, and the Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications. These awards recognize excellence in philanthropy and honor exemplary leaders in the field.
Posted Date: Fri, 03/25/2016 - 15:26
I find myself at the Council on Foundations after eight years of leading a growing Community Foundation because I believe in this institution. I believe it is an intersection between the broad philanthropic sector and an extremely localized community focus. I believe in community place-based...
Posted Date: Fri, 03/25/2016 - 13:30
In this week's Washington Snapshot: House Tax Policy Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Tax Reform Proposals; IRS Invites Comments for 2016-17 Priority Guidance; Can a Foundation Re-Purpose Unclaimed Charitable Contributions?; Public University Foundations Under Scrutiny; Advocacy, Fundraising...
Posted Date: Fri, 03/18/2016 - 14:39
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Hearing on Tax Reform Proposals Set for Next Week; Machine-Readable Forms 990 Soon to be Available to Public; Correcting a Fund Agreement; The Challenges of State Budget Crises on Foundations, Nonprofit Missions; Lessons Learned When a Nonprofit Closes its...
Posted Date: Fri, 03/11/2016 - 15:31
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Chairman of House Veterans' Affairs Committee to Retire from Congress; IRS Issues Procedure to Gather from Sector; Agency Funds: Invading Principal when Third Party Donors are Involved; Positive News on Proactive Nonprofit Legislation; Charitable Giving...
Posted Date: Thu, 03/10/2016 - 08:30
When my grandparents, Sam and Helen Walton, set the course for our family’s philanthropic vision in the late 1980s, they set out to make lasting change by empowering individuals. My grandfather often said there is no limit to what can be accomplished when people are given opportunity and...
Posted Date: Fri, 03/04/2016 - 15:55
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Congress Grows More Skeptical of Universities; New Bill on Interest and Dividend Contributions; IRS Speaks on Scholarship Grant Procedures for Private Foundations; Nonprofit Engagement with SCOTUS Nomination; FASB Seeks Foundation Input; DAFs &...
Posted Date: Fri, 03/04/2016 - 15:04
Historically, community foundations have worked to create change by making grants to local nonprofits, advocacy groups, and other organizations. But a new breed of funders is showing how, by serving in yet another role, they can foster change that is more comprehensive, more responsive to...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/01/2016 - 13:22
In America, more so than in other countries, philanthropies play a unique and important role of supporting innovative policy experiments that, when successful, often become the basis of future government actions. These successful innovations, however, tend to be under-covered by the press, and...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/29/2016 - 14:57
eaders from 42 foundations announced today that they have “banned the box” by adopting fair chance hiring policies or ensuring that questions about criminal convictions do not appear on applications for employment with their foundations.
Posted Date: Mon, 02/29/2016 - 13:16
My journey with community philanthropy began when I accepted we all die. The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will. This is why I have an endowment with my local community foundation and I suggest you consider the same to make a difference in the world; at least...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/26/2016 - 15:58
In this week's Washington Snapshot: This Week in Tax Reform...; Congress Grows More Skeptical of Universities; FASB Seeks Foundation Input; Single Portal Filing Project Seeks Information; Accepting Promissory Notes and Other Debt Instruments; Giving Incentives on State Legislative Agendas; and...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/19/2016 - 16:00
In this week's Washington Snapshot: News from the Hill; IRS Releases Proposed Rules for Supporting Organizations; Philanthropy Weighs in on Pennsylvania Budget Impasse; South Carolina, Connecticut Announce New Pay for Success Deals; and more!
Posted Date: Fri, 02/12/2016 - 16:00
In this week's Washington Snapshot: POTUS Sends FY 2017 Budget Proposal to Congress; Congress Requests Endowment Information from Universities; Crossroads GPS Group Granted (c)(4) Status; Borrowing from One's Agency Endowment; State Budget Challenges Raising Tensions, Anxiety for...
Posted Date: Thu, 02/11/2016 - 16:37
The Council supports the President’s proposal to simplify the private foundation excise tax to a single flat rate.