2013 Annual Conference

Doing Right By Veterans On Memorial Day And Beyond

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The largest influx of veterans since the end of World War II will return to the workforce and college in the next several years. The surge is the result of military downsizing following wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and steep cuts to the Pentagon’s budget. As the nation heads into the Memorial Day weekend and seeks lasting ways to honor military service, we have some suggestions.

A Minnesota Yankee in King Arthur’s Court? Questions on Regional Cultures and Philanthropy

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Can you be part of Yankeedom if you live in Minnesota? Have you ever been to “New France?” Are your grantees based in “El Norte?” Sunday’s opening plenary featured a provocative presentation from author Colin Woodard about 11 regional cultures that shape American life and politics, and that in his view explain enduring patterns of political polarization. He used the term “nations” to describe these cultures, but since there was only a passing mention to Native nations, who were a big part of the settlement process that Woodard traces, I prefer not to reinforce that confusion, and instead will focus on the regional cultures he discusses.

Vikki Spruill Remarks on the State of American Philanthropy

Thank you, Good afternoon. I think we all have a thing or two to learn from amazing students like these. 

I’m grateful to Gwen and the News Literacy Project for an enlightening discussion and for joining us here today. And, thanks to all of you for joining us at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Council on Foundations: Philanthropy Exchange!

Many of you have traveled a long way to be with us. We have leaders from as far away as Anchorage and Australia, from Baton Rouge to Tanzania.

Washington Snapshot - June 6, 2014

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In this issue of Washington Snapshot: Community Foundation Survey; Council Annual Conference & Public Policy Pre-Conference; Senate Finance Hearings on Tax Reform; Donor Advised Fund Supporters Oppose Payout Proposal; Michigan Charity Gambling Regulations on Hold; More Charitable Gambling News in New Hampshire; Commentary on New 1023-EZ; Nonprofit Accredidation Standards Change

Small Grants, Big Difference

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I enjoyed presenting at a great session, “Small Grants, Big Difference,” during last week’s Council on Foundations Annual Conference with Daniel Tillias of Pax Christi Sakala in Haiti; Kate Ahern of the Case Foundation; and Monica LaBiche Brown of Water for People. It was great that 75 or more people came to our session because they think small grants are important. I think it’s the beginning of a movement.

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In this week's issue, you'll read about: Continue the Conversation - 2014 Annual Conference Recap; Sherry Magill Elected Council Board Chair; Vote in 2014 Council Awatds Program; Monitor Insitute Launches the What's Next for Community Phila
In this week's issue of Washington Snapshot, you'll read about: Community Foundation Survey; Implications of Cantor Loss; Impact of McCutcheon on Grantmaking; Future Challenges and Opportunities for Community Foundations; 2014 Annual Conference
The largest influx of veterans since the end of World War II will return to the workforce and college in the next several years.
In this issue of Washington Snapshot: Community Foundation Survey; Council Annual Conference & Public Policy Pre-Conference; Senate Finance Hearings on Tax Reform; Donor Advised Fund Supporters Oppose Payout Proposal; Michigan Charity Gambling Regulat
I love my city of Chicago. One of my prouder moments occurred in 2010 which, to me, witnessed the manifestation of about ten years of outreach, communication, and deepening mutual respect across normative borders.
Imagine this: a well-intended, charitably-inclined person of wealth creates a trust in the year 1514.
I enjoyed presenting at a great session, “Small Grants, Big Difference,” during last week’s Council on Foundations Annual Conference with Daniel Tillias of Pax Christi Sakala in Haiti; Kate Ahern of the Case Foundation; and Monica LaBiche Brown of Water f
Starting May 1, Knight Foundation will again be offering matching funds to community and place-based foundations seeking to make an impact by funding news and information projects.

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