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 and nurturing relationships with your lawmakers is important because it provides the opportunity to share with them the meaningful work you are doing in their communities. As commentators, academics, and even some policymakers express skepticism about philanthropy, it is imperative for all of us to demonstrate the impact of philanthropy and convey its value in the lives of their constituents. In preparation for August recess, this webinar offered insight for strategically engaging with your Members of Congress—including a refreshed edition of the Advocacy Toolkit.
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.
July 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This groundbreaking legislation provided an important keystone in America's commitment to civil rights. Despite 25 years of progress, people with disabilities still have higher poverty rates, lower employment, and poorer educational outcomes than those without disabilities. During this webinar, the Kessler Foundation and University of NH researchers reviewed what they learned from their survey of 3,000 people with disabilities who shared their workplace experiences. The learning from this National Employment and Disability Survey can provide new information and valuable insights to inform foundations' diversity and inclusion strategies for their own workplaces and for grantmaking.
On Thursday, July 16, Council Attorneys, Suzanne Friday and Bryan Del Rosario, kicked off the inaugural quarterly series, “Legal Lunch” webinar to over 30 member participants. The topics the two discussed ranged from a grantmaker’s reporting and withholding obligations related to scholarships, the legal requirements of grants to a private foundation from another private foundation, DAF grants and the public support test and explaining the intricacies of private operating foundations. Additionally, past Trending in Legal Affairs posts were highlighted.
Join us to discuss how you can maximize the Council's network to further enhance your work in the field. Senior leaders from the Council will be present to discuss additional services, initiatives, and updates that have an impact on the larger philanthropic community. We will have Q&A during the call, but if you would like to submit a question in advance you may do so using our online form. We look forward to hearing from you!
The National Standards for Community Foundations online application has been live in beta testing since January- how is it going? What feedback has been received?
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