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Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, this learning forum features guest speaker Tiziana Dearing, Associate Professor of Macro Practice at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Tiziana is the former CEO of Boston Rising, a place-based, anti-poverty, public foundation that aimed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by replicating the Robin Hood Foundation and Harlem Children Zone’s models in Grove Hall, a Boston neighborhood inundated with poverty and crime.

Over the past week, the Council has received many inquiries from foundations concerned about how a new draft Chinese law would impact grantmaking in China. In response to this feedback, the Council, in partnership with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is hosting a conference call to discuss the implications of this law for overseas funders and NGOs doing work within the country.

Join us for a discussion on the role of a funder relative to the local community when working in place, and address additional challenges when initiating a place-based initiative. Hear about lessons learned from The Aspen Institute and Neighborhood Funders Group’s Towards a Better Place Conference including how others have dealt with the various challenges involved in place-based grantmaking, and advice from the field on how to improve upon current practices.

Having access to good data is a key piece of effective foundation management, but in a data-filled world, knowing how and when to use the information can be daunting. The Council’s Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report has long been a trusted and comprehensive resource for foundations that need to determine appropriate compensation, employee benefits, and staffing levels, decisions which have important legal, financial, and strategic implications for any organization. This webinar will provide both experienced and novice users of the report with information about how the data should (and shouldn’t) be used, valuable insights from the report's findings, and a roadmap for getting the most out of the data for your foundation.

Join Council member peers in Oregon for an informative learning forum with Dr. Gina Nikkel, President and CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. Gina will talk briefly about how mental health challenges impact many of your foundation projects such as homelessness, veterans' issues, and education.

Effectively engaging in place based philanthropy requires the need to rethink various aspects of the organizational set-up such as: the role of the program officer and other key staff, the way you develop metrics and evaluation tools to measure success, and the ways in which you involve community in the work. Listen to colleagues share experiences of transitioning from short and long term strategies to being more initiative-based, and ways in which they were able to get buy in from board, staff and community members.

Building viable partnerships with other funders and local government when giving in place can lead to pooled resources and wrap around services for a larger impact within a given community. However, with many voices at the table, sometimes garnering the necessary momentum and buy-in can be a slow process, or potentially a non-starter. Join us as we take a look at how some funders have successfully partnered with other entities in their local communities and examine how funder consortiums such as Living Cities could serve as an example for the philanthropic sector.

Save the date for the 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC

Past Events

This learning forum, co-hosted by the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, the Council on Foundations, and the Southeastern Council of Foundations, will bring together a select group of staff and trustees from family and private foundations, family offices, community foundations, health foundations, advisors and other thought leaders in the field. We will take up a roundtable discussion on philanthropic investing for place-based impact in the Southeast.

Council on Foundations is hosting this webinar in partnership with Council of Michigan Foundations for community foundations in Michigan. Have you ever wondered who is reviewing your National Standards submission and what are they looking for? This webinar will bring your community foundation staff together with National Standards Director and a peer reviewer to discuss what passes National Standards. In addition, the National Standards Director will share the most common issues with a National Standards submission and how to avoid them.