Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 15:06
Most Latin American countries continue with high GDP growth rates amid the global financial crisis. While the nonprofit sector in these countries is among the smallest in the world, these nations are on the cusp of significant philanthropic transformation. This is due, in part, to a rising middle...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 15:04
For those unfamiliar with the term “impact investing,” it refers to investments intended to generate both measurable social or environmental impact along with financial return. Think of it simply as aligning an investor’s portfolio with his or her personal values and ideals. Impact investing was...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 15:00
Two years ago, the Foundation Registry i3 was a lifesaver for me. I was working as a philanthropic advisor and was looking for an opportunity to lead a group of emerging philanthropists interested in education reform from talking about collaboration to taking action. The U.S. Department of...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:51
It’s the time of year when we begin to think about the new Congress and our legislative agenda at the Council on Foundations. To help us get started, I am asking for your support by filling out the Philanthropic Policy Priorities Survey. The responses to the survey will allow the Public Policy...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:49
In recent years, I’ve witnessed two interesting trends in philanthropy that are particularly resonant with community foundations. First, there has been a backlash against “strategic philanthropy” and accusations that foundations have become too focused on measurement and planning, using top-down...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:25
Twelve years ago, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation tried what it thought was an unconventional move. Anxious to jump-start the downtown area, the foundation convened community and political leaders to devise a strategy for reclaiming the area where our city was born.
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:21
More than 30 U.S. community foundations have taken a fresh look at aging in recent years. And they are bringing a new view to their communities—one that considers older adults to be a vast, untapped resource for social change.
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:16
Passion, integrity, and engagement: These are the key ingredients to successful outcomes or growth in a community (well, everywhere, really). It takes passion to get involved and make changes. It takes integrity be steadfast and do what you say you are going to do, especially when facing the...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:15
In the U.S., more than half of the children younger than a year old are of color and almost one in every 10 counties is majority-minority. By 2023, the majority of U.S. children will be of color. And by 2042, people of color will comprise the majority of the entire U.S. population. These...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:13
I’m feeling “old.” Not as opposed to “young,” but as opposed to “new.” I think it’s all this talk in our sector lately about innovation. Whatever happened to “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” It’s just oh so sexy and attention-grabbing to label something as “new” even when it’s not.
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:10
The Fall Conference for Community Foundations* is fast approaching. I want to make sure that you are aware of several opportunities at the conference to learn about the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™. Developed in the spirit of accountability, transparency, and continuous...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:08
Every year at the Fall Conference for Community Foundations, members of the Council’s government relations and legal team provide a legislative and regulatory update, including implications for the philanthropic sector. In addition, they offer tips on how to navigate the sometimes muddy political...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:05
We know donor-advised funds (DAFs) are the engine of growth for many community foundations, but what do we know about the role they play in our communities? This is an often-discussed and debated topic among community foundation staff and boards.
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 14:02
Why do community foundation CEOs pursue “community leadership” as a key organizing strategy in their foundations? Because there was a leadership void in our community and we realized we were uniquely positioned to step up. Because we recognized we had important assets that could help address...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 13:56
Last week, The Merck Company Foundation launched a new three-year, $3 million initiative, the HIV Care Collaborative for Underserved Populations in the United States, to help the local health departments in Atlanta, Houston, and Philadelphia connect more people living with HIV/AIDS to the care they...