Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:17
The Council on Foundations’ 2016 Endowments and Finance Summit is just around the corner – Sept. 28-30 – and as co-chair of the convening, I strongly encourage you to register for it! I personally look forward to the summit each year because it’s the preeminent venue for foundation executives to...
Posted Date: Mon, 08/15/2016 - 15:00
August 2016 updates on the Council's Global Philanthropy Program including news about the Sustainable Development Goals, new grantmaking laws and regulations in China and around the world, recent conferences on international philanthropy, and upcoming meeting and events.
Posted Date: Fri, 08/12/2016 - 09:00
For foundations that offer charitable remainder annuity trusts (CRATs), a new revenue procedure (Rev. Proc. 2016-41) offers a sample provision that may be included in the governing instrument of the trust (CRAT) and provides that the IRS will treat the sample provision as a qualified contingency...
Posted Date: Fri, 08/12/2016 - 09:00
In this issue of Washington Snapshot, you'll find: Your Lawmakers are in Their Home States and Districts!; White House to Host Broadband Summit; Charitable Trusts Available to More People Under New IRS Guidance; Scrutiny of Endowments, PILOTs Grow; UPDATE: Massachusetts Property Tax Exemption...
Posted Date: Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:19
Issues: News
On August 1, more than three dozen foundations kicked off a nationwide campaign, #ReasonsForHope, to encourage people across the country to break through the darkness and find a path toward our ideals of dignity, equality, and justice.
Posted Date: Fri, 07/29/2016 - 16:51
Continuing our blog post series about the 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report (GSB), this week let’s take a look at the third chapter, “Issues Specific to the Chief Executive Officer.”
Posted Date: Fri, 07/29/2016 - 14:19
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Just Announced: Speakers for Upcoming Webinar; Universal Human Rights: What are We Sharing Across Borders?; DAFs, Incapacity & Powers of Attorney; Special Sessions Called to Address Unbalanced Budgets; Election-Year Nonpartisanship Under Scrutiny;...
Posted Date: Fri, 07/29/2016 - 11:13
When I noticed late last year that the Council on Foundations’ annual conference would focus on climate change, I was delighted. For The Fund for New Jersey and other place-based funders, climate change has been a daunting challenge.
Posted Date: Wed, 07/27/2016 - 09:55
The SDGs are a framework that challenges all of us, working both in human rights and across sectors, to think differently about how our work in the US and abroad is interlinked. But do we even speak the same language? The closing conference session on buzzwords challenged us to consider if we are...
Posted Date: Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:21
In this week's Washington Snapshot: New Tax Leadership for Senate Finance Democrats; White House Highlights Data in Response to Recent Tragedies; Council Launches Sustainable Development Goals Report; A Fund to Restore a Historic Building; Nonprofits, Funders Oppose Massachusetts Property Tax...
Posted Date: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 09:00
Sustainability. Quality education. Poverty reduction. Gender equality. If this list sounds familiar to individuals working in philanthropy or non-profits in the U.S., it should. Our sector is synonymous with these issues in part because our nation suffers from many of them, despite being the...
Posted Date: Wed, 07/20/2016 - 08:00
A new report released today by the Council on Foundations highlights the critical role that U.S. philanthropy plays in helping to realize the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The study, “From Global Goals to Local Impact,” outlines in detail how the new global development...
Posted Date: Tue, 07/19/2016 - 15:10
Everyone who works in philanthropy has a different and interesting story of how they “found” the field. For many, it is a story of starting in philanthropy after a long career in another industry. Others tell a different story: you need not wait to become a philanthropist. Around the world, a...
Posted Date: Mon, 07/18/2016 - 10:38
How can you do the most good, with limited resources, when facing enormous problems? That question lies at or near the heart of every decision at a foundation. This is true of the grant dollars which support community institutions and provide for social services, and it is true of the endowed...