Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:24
Sophia Guevara recently had the opportunity to interview Emily Kessler, the interim director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. In this interview, Emily shares how she got her start in philanthropy and what she is hoping to do to help emerging professionals and increase the value of an EPIP...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/02/2015 - 16:52
Issues: Public Policy
President Obama unveiled his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget today, which sets forth the Administration’s spending and policy priorities for the coming year. This year, the Budget presents a fiscal plan oriented around “Middle Class Economics.”
Posted Date: Mon, 02/02/2015 - 16:00
Economic development is at the center of the Maine Community Foundation’s strategic priorities. We believe greater access to lower cost capital will allow entrepreneurs and innovators from both the nonprofit and for-profit world to grow enterprises and expand projects that build off our natural...
Posted Date: Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:58
In this week's Washington Snapshot: House to Take Up Charitable Bills; News from the Hill; IRS Publication on Charitable Contributions Released; Trending in Legal Affairs; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; Upcoming Webinars; and more!
Posted Date: Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:39
Last week more than 200 foundation leaders, policymakers, academics, entrepreneurs, and experts came together at George Washington University (GWU) for an invitation-only gathering to advance the development of what many call the “fourth sector”—for-benefit organizations that primarily pursue...
Posted Date: Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:57
Americans donated an estimated $335 billion to charitable causes, and foundations an estimated $50 billion in 2013 according to Giving USA. These numbers validate President John F. Kennedy’s notion that philanthropy is “a jewel of an American tradition.”
Posted Date: Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:31
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Tax Policy in State of the Union; News from the Hill; Trending in Legal Affairs; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; and more!
Posted Date: Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:00
Today, the Council on Foundations (Council) announced the professional development working groups for its 2015 Annual Meeting in San Francisco scheduled for April 26 – 28. These working groups will be partnering with the Council’s staff and leadership to develop world-class programming that speaks...
Posted Date: Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:13
Last week, the Milstein Commission, a national initiative co-chaired by Steve Case and Carly Fiorina, released a report, Can Startups Save the American Dream? The report highlighted over how the past quarter-century, startups and small businesses accounted for 65% of net job creation, yet today,...
Posted Date: Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:32
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Senate Finance Committee Looks to Tax Reform; Other News from the Hill; News from the Administration; Trending in Legal Affairs; Philanthropy News & Op-Eds; and more!
Posted Date: Fri, 01/09/2015 - 13:04
In this week's Washington Snapshot: 114th Congress Kicks Off; Tax News from the Hill; News from the Administration; Trending in Legal Affairs; and more!
Posted Date: Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:26
As my boss and Blackbaud CEO Mike Gianoni noted, “#GivingTuesday has gone from a simple idea to become a genuine global phenomenon.” The unofficial start to the end-of-year giving season once again kicked off this #GivingTuesday, December 2nd 2014, and with #UNselfies shared and charitable gifts...
Posted Date: Sun, 12/28/2014 - 15:52
The Council on Foundations offices will be closed from December 25, 2014 - January 2, 2015. During this time, Council staff is available to assist our members with their time-sensitive needs.
Posted Date: Sun, 12/28/2014 - 13:14
Former Council Board Chair Valleau Wilkie Jr. passed away last week after more than 40 years of service in philanthropy.