Council Events

Upcoming Events

Join the Council on Foundations, nonprofit media organizations, foundations, journalists, academics, and other stakeholders for a conversation about the role of nonprofit media in fostering a vibrant civil society in local communities.

Please join the Council on Foundations and WINGS to discuss the relevance of these reports to grantmakers and hear presentations by both the Hudson Institute and CIVICUS to learn more about current trends in the regulation of philanthropy and civil society around the world.

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.

Concerned about the state of higher education in the U.S.? Then join our policy and foundation guest speakers who will provide an overview of the status of Congressional reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that authorizes billions of dollars for Pell Grants, student loans, and many other supports for students. teachers, and institutions of higher education. Some of the issues likely to be debated center around affordability of college; access, persistence and completion; better information for consumers; student loan programs; accreditation and oversight; innovation; and the burden of federal reporting and regulations. Let's talk about why the foundation sector should be interested in the outcome of the legislation.

Foundation endowment managers faced a host of challenges in 2014, including market volatility, economic uncertainty in the U.S., Europe and Asia, scrutiny from policy makers, and ultimately the need to generate high enough returns to fund the grantmaking practices of the foundation. The 2014 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations (CCSF) examines the ways in which endowment professionals met these challenges and positioned their institutions to take advantage of new opportunities. This webinar will review the results of the study and provide a preview of the future economic environment investors are likely to face.

Developed in conjunction with Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy, these courses help community foundation staff, board members and volunteers master the unique aspects of the community foundation field in short order. You'll learn about effective practices, get helpful tools and information and have the opportunity to network with others in the field. Comprehensive and engaging, these courses are an efficient and affordable way to increase your knowledge of the field. Courses are offered by the Council on Foundations and partnering regional associations. - See more at: http://www.cof.org/content/center-community-foundation-excellence-ccfe#sthash.W8wtHj7G.dpuf

Foundations use a variety of models in managing their investments. But given the pursuit of higher risk-adjusted returns, many foundations are exploring different ways to access the expertise they need and to manage increasingly complex investment portfolios. Join a conversation to explore the results from the Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Investments, which provides data on how private and community foundations are using professional staff, consultants, managers, to oversee their investments. We will also take a closer look at the increased use of outsourced chief investment officers (OCIOs) by a number of institutions, and the considerations that boards and investment committees must make before pursuing this path.

The Foundation HR Alliance is a newly-established forum for private foundations to connect and have ongoing dialogue around human resources issues of great importance: compensation, benefits, performance management, talent management and leadership.

Working with some of the top finance professionals in philanthropy, the Council is organizing a special summit for c-suite executives who oversee finance and investments and have an interest in leveraging their investments in new and exciting ways. The TIAA-CREF Institute is sponsoring the one and a half day event to be held in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District. During the meeting, participants will have access to sessions to help them develop proactive, intentional and effective finance and endowment management strategies.

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