Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Wed, 07/13/2016 - 16:37
The Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Responsible Investing was released jointly today by the two representative organizations. The study, believed to be the largest of its kind, provides foundations with invaluable insights into how the sector and individual portfolios are being shaped by...
Posted Date: Wed, 07/13/2016 - 15:47
July updates include plenty of free resources for download, websites to check out, and support in public policy and advocacy during the recess. Take part in an economic development survey to better represent the work of community foundations in this space. Learn about upcoming CCFE fundamental...
Posted Date: Tue, 07/12/2016 - 16:53
Last week’s shootings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas have made more urgent our need for a national civil discussion about longstanding systemic challenges that deeply divide our communities. The Council on Foundations steadfastly denounces the killing of innocent people, no matter their skin...
Posted Date: Mon, 07/11/2016 - 14:07
When leaders from approximately 48 Pennsylvania-based foundations gathered in State College in April for the Council on Foundations’ Pennsylvania Philanthropy Conference, the negative effects of the state’s infamous nine-month budget impasse on human service delivery were painfully fresh....
Posted Date: Fri, 07/08/2016 - 16:00
In this Week's Washington Snapshot: Field Signals Support for Preserving DAFs; Bill to Restrict Foreign Contributions Introduced in House; New Survey Results on Impact of DOL Rules on Nonprofits; Trending in Legal Affairs: 'Til DAF Do Us Part, 2.0; Happening in the States: New Fiscal Year...
Posted Date: Thu, 07/07/2016 - 13:10
Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are a popular topic these days. DAFs are powerful giving mechanisms set up at financial institutions and community foundations that allow donors to support and remain connected to causes and issues they care about most. When explained, people get it. They see the power...
Posted Date: Fri, 07/01/2016 - 15:00
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Tax Blueprint Proposes Ideas that Could Impact Charitable Giving; Pay-for-Success Bill Advances from House; FATF Approves Changes to Recommendation 8; Scholarships Paid to Service Academies; Council President Pens Op-Ed on Philanthropy's Role Following...
Posted Date: Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:00
Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs Suzanne Friday introduces the Council's new legal publication, Mastering Foundation Law, The Council on Foundations Compendium of Legal Resources. Offered as an annual subscription, the Compendium is a comprehensive guide to foundation law for...
Posted Date: Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:36
The Council on Foundations, a member of the Global NPO Coalition on FATF, applauds the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) recent update to its counter-terrorism recommendation on NPOs, specifically grantmakers.
Posted Date: Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:09
Last week, The Washington Post published an article grossly mischaracterizing the value and importance of DAFs as a philanthropic tool. The Council immediately responded by penning a letter to the editor outlining how DAFs encourage charitable giving and enable community foundations to address...
Posted Date: Sat, 06/25/2016 - 09:32
The vote for Britain to exit the European Union took philanthropy and the rest of the world by surprise. But it raises tough new questions about how grant makers should respond to political and financial turmoil and uncertainty.
Posted Date: Fri, 06/24/2016 - 15:54
I started this blog post earlier in the month to recognize June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, but the tragedy in Orlando rightly caused the Council and my blog post to change course. As June comes to a close, it seems fitting to celebrate the LGBTQ community...
Posted Date: Fri, 06/24/2016 - 13:47
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Speaker Ryan Releases Tax Blueprint; Donor Disclosure Bill Passes House, Moves to Senate; New Jersey Considers Charitable Deduction, Property Tax Exemption Protection; Council President, Vice Board Chair, and Other Sector Leaders Pen Letter to the Editor;...
Posted Date: Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:18
The second chapter of the Council’s full 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report provides extensive data on staff and salaries. In it, we offer tables on everything from the size of responding foundations, to the diversity of their full-time staff and the tenure and turnover of various staff...
Posted Date: Fri, 06/17/2016 - 15:18
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Philanthropy Asks Congress to "Grow Philanthropy Now"; Learning Opportunity: How Broadband Access Supports Local Priorities; Summit Explores Potential of Pay-for-Success in Education; IRS Holds Meeting to Discuss Recommendations from the Sector;...