2013 Annual Conference

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 Philanthropy Toolkit

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 - Recap!; Announcing New Board Members and Chair

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.

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.

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

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. It came out of years of interfaith dialogue and growing friendships.

Imagine this: a well-intended, charitably-inclined person of wealth creates a trust in the year 1514. This generous benefactor, deeply committed to an altruistic objective, funds the philanthropic cause without a sunset provision; thus, by default, potentially in perpetuity.

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.