Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:44
When my class (The Philanthropy Workshop West) arrives, a light snow dusts the ground and U.S. President #44, Barack Obama, has just been sworn in for a second term. As we progress through a week of presentations, spring thaws early and soft rains fall, cleansing our cynical capital and washing...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:40
The study and practice of leadership has been on my mind for the past several months. Since July, I’ve been fortunate to participate in the Career Pathways Program through the Council on Foundations.
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:33
You’ve probably heard of Google+ Hangout and perhaps even used it to connect with family and friends over the holidays. But have you thought about the uses it could have for foundation staff and grantees?
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:30
On a warm and sunny day more than ten years ago, I visited the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the King Center in Atlanta. Having read and heard about the U.S. civil rights movement and struggle for freedom for black people in this country, I was excited to draw...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:27
Last week, I predicted that the itemized deduction could soon be back on the table as Congress looks for ways to raise revenue. It may not have been a great leap to predict that, but my crystal ball is working: Yesterday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) announced a...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:25
As the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, and a veteran myself, the challenges those who serve face when they come home are topics near and dear to my heart.
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:23
As foundations continue to assess where they can maximize the social return on their charitable investments, many are looking at issues of gender norms and equity.
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:18
It took many long hours—and hundreds of e-mails—to get to this point, but we finally, officially, proudly launched the Next Gen Donors report at last week’s Council on Foundations Family Philanthropy Conference in San Jose. This launch represents the culmination of more than a year of data...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:16
Who can argue with Bill Gates and his call for a more thoughtful and holistic approach to measurement? It sounds like a simple equation: If you want to achieve progress, you set a clear goal and find a measure, or measures, that will drive progress toward that goal.
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:13
We as a field have become and are encouraged to become increasingly “strategic” in our efforts. There is literature on the subject; we hold conferences and conference sessions on it. But, for all this strategy, are we more effective as a result? I would say not as much as we could be.
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:11
“Family foundations evolve, so they need to be able to evolve.”—Kelin Gersick, author, Generations of Giving As I participated in the preconference transitions workshop at this week’s Council on Foundations Family Philanthropy Conference in San Jose, I was struck by the simple truth of this...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:07
Earlier this month, I joined the Council on Foundations after following a rather unique road in government relations, the law, and public policy. I’ve worked in all three sectors: public, private, and now independent. From my perspective, this new opportunity—this leap of faith that I’ve taken—is...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:06
This year’s Council on Foundations Family Philanthropy Conference is challenging those of us in family philanthropy to consider how systems thinking applies to our work. At the opening plenary, David Peter Stroh from Bridgeway Partners defined a system as “an interconnected set of elements...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:02
The central piece of the vision for the Council on Foundations 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference is found in our theme of “systems thinking.” To be most effective and find the right approaches given our capacities we need to understand how these systems are affecting the issues we care about,...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 17:58
It’s no accident that the Council on Foundations 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference takes place this week in Silicon Valley. This is Ground Zero for technological innovation. Ideas birthed here have changed—and continue to change—the world.