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Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:32
The Council on Foundations announced today that 11 promising philanthropic leaders have been selected to participate in the third annual Career Pathways program. The intensive, year-long leadership initiative is designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector's...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 14:30
The Council on Foundations today announced important partnerships with two leaders advancing social impact, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and the Mission Investors Exchange. The Council will add its complementary platform to amplify, convene, and connect around the good work of these...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:47
The Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB) is pleased to announce that Hugh Ralston, president and CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), is its new president. A supporting organization of the Council on Foundations, the CFNSB is responsible for the quality, value,...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:44
In countless neighborhoods across the country, hundreds of community foundations are improving the lives of residents and the places where they live. These philanthropic organizations often work without much recognition—until now. Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 13:35
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS have recommended a significant change in the process for determining whether a foreign nongovernmental organization (NGO) meets U.S. standards for charitable giving. In "Reliance Standards for Making Good Faith Determinations," a document...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:47
The Council on Foundations issued the following letter to the president and congressional leadership urging them to agree upon a path forward in the best interest of the country as federal deficit deliberations continue. As the leader of a national membership association representing the diverse...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:43
The Council on Foundations announced new hires and promotions today to support the organization’s recent strategic redesign that positions the Council to serve as a more relevant, agile leadership organization. Effective January 10, Sue Santa will assume the role of senior vice president of public...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:41
The Council on Foundations 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference opens Sunday in San Jose, Calif., one of America’s most dynamic model cities for innovation and philanthropic investment. The conference creates a forum for family foundation leaders to share ideas, establish partnerships, and reimagine...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:36
Today Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), the committee’s ranking member, held a hearing on the impact of the charitable deduction. Kevin Murphy, president of Berks County Community Foundation and chair of the Council on Foundations...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 09:47
Wayne Gretzky famously said that a great hockey player skates to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. These are instructive words for philanthropic foundations and other groups confronting fundamental and rapid shifts in the communication landscape. Two disruptive forces are...
Posted Date: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:20
“What’s past is prologue.” –Shakespeare “History is more or less bunk.” –Henry Ford Sunday’s Opening Plenary Session at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in Los Angeles explores the “realization, rethinking, and reinvention” of: (1) the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots, (2)...
Posted Date: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:04
Did you know illnesses resulting from water contamination are the leading cause of human sickness and death worldwide? In just the past decade, more children have died due to a lack of access to safe drinking water than all the people who have died in battle since World War II.
Posted Date: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 16:02
Recently I was sitting in Manhattan with four extraordinary women. Down the table from me was Jennifer Buffet, president and cochair of the NoVo Foundation; Catherine B. Reynolds, chair and CEO of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation; Josefina Vázquez, executive director of the Boston Women’s Fund...
Posted Date: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:58
The Council on Foundations (COF) recently released the 2011 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report. The sample includes 910 total foundations of which 544 are COF members. As Rick Cohen notes on his piece about the survey, the survey suffers from the limitations of self-reporting, as do most all of...
Posted Date: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:44
The nonprofit sector as a whole has the opportunity to harness the power of innovation to improve the quality of service delivery.” That’s one of the key findings from “Unleashing Innovation: Using Everyday Technology to Improve Nonprofit Services,”a new research report from MAP for Nonprofits...

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