Council & Member News Feed

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...
Posted Date: Fri, 08/21/2015 - 15:04
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Nonprofit Media Event; Activate in August; News from the Hill; Regulatory News; Trending in Legal Affairs; Happening in the States; Happening Around the Globe; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; and more!
Posted Date: Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:57
Last week, I got to see philanthropy in action on a great trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan. After just a few days of meeting with philanthropic leaders in Western Michigan, I had new energy, new ideas, and more proof that collaboration is driving the field forward.
Posted Date: Thu, 08/20/2015 - 17:35
In Pennsylvania, we’ve recently seen the failure of our state’s political leadership become a threat to many local nonprofits that provide much-needed assistance to our friends and neighbors. The governor and the state Legislature have not yet agreed on a budget, which has frozen funding for...