Council Events

Upcoming Events

This teleconference will provide an overview for foundations on policy developments in Mexico that are impacting the flow of U.S. philanthropy into the country. On the call, expert speakers will delve into the implications for philanthropy of a new anti-money laundering law, changes to the Mexican tax code, and the consequences of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement for U.S.-based foundations doing work in Mexico. Foundation leaders will join the call to explain how this regulatory environment has impacted their grantmaking in Mexico, and how they navigate it successfully. The call will also highlight a range of new resources on grantmaking in Mexico.

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.

Governments, multinationals, businesses, and individuals are increasingly organizing to take action in response to climate change. Foundations can play an active role in this growing movement. Join us on July 22, at 2 pm ET to hear from leaders in the Divest/Invest Movement about how you can take part.

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.

Foundations looking to leverage more impact from their charitable dollars are increasingly looking to mission related investments as a key tool. But how can this powerful strategy be deployed alongside the place-based mission of a community foundation?

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

Access to legal services can be essential to addressing your community's needs including domestic abuse, homelessness, and Veterans services. Thinking through the types of legal services, the distinction between civil and criminal legal aid, and how to evaluate these services can be overwhelming. This webinar offers foundation staff and board members funding strategies for tackling community issues by investing in civil legal services.

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.

This webinar covers how to post, search the libraries, and find other members. It's an easy way to get to know this new platform and learn all the great things it has to offer.