Council & Member News Feed

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...
Posted Date: Sat, 07/16/2016 - 10:26
There is no doubt that the US is suffering from what feels like the unravelling of social order. Recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas have heightened deep-seated tensions relating to race and criminal justice. The presidential election has felt more like a schoolyard brawl than...
Posted Date: Fri, 07/15/2016 - 16:00
In this issue of Washington Snapshot, you'll find: Delayed Release for Hatch Corporate Integration Plan; IRS Publishes Regulations for 501(c)(4)s; Israel Passes Controversial New 'NGO Transparency Law'; The Legal Team is Available to Answer Members' Questions!; North Carolina...
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: 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...