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 Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010 authorizes funding for federal nutrition programs including: the national school lunch and breakfast program; the nutrition program for women, infants, and children; and other child and adult food care programs. This legislation expires September 30 and the programs are currently under scrutiny by Congress. In this Policy Preview, the Food Research and Action Center will give an overview of Congressional deliberations and a prognosis for passage. Hear perspectives from peer grantmakers and experts about the importance of federal investment in child nutrition and how it will impact foundations' work on these issues.
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.
Foundations have long taken a role as "neutral conveners" around controversial issues. Many foundation leaders, however, are taking strong stands on critical issues in their communities (e.g. education, health, police brutality, and more). Is this a new trend? What are the benefits and pitfalls? Come meet foundation CEOs who chose to speak up on controversial issues, and learn more about these efforts.
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The Council on Foundations, in collaboration with Mission Investors Exchange, invites you to attend a one-hour webinar discussing the implications of the new U.S. Department of Treasury guidance on mission-related investments.
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.
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.
In collaboration with Minnesota Council on Foundations and Briggs & Morgan, national and local experts will provide an introduction to issues that often face corporate foundations and corporate giving programs. The session will cover a variety of topics including self-dealing, conflicts of interest, benefit events/ticket purchases, corporate sponsorships and donor recognition issues. Using real life examples, this session will help you understand how to stay compliant in a variety of situations.
Are you concerned about the state of higher education in the U.S.? This webinar features policy and foundation guest speakers who provide an overview of the status of Congressional reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. This legislation would authorize billions of dollars for Pell Grants, student loans, and other additional resources for students, teachers, and institutions of higher education. Issues that are likely to be debated include the affordability of college; access to, persistence during and completion of a college degree; better information for consumers; student loan programs; accreditation and oversight; innovation; and the burden of federal reporting and regulations. View this webinar to hear why the philanthropic sector should be interested in the outcome of the legislation.
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. During this webinar, we took a look at how some funders have successfully partnered with other entities in their local communities and examined how funder consortiums such as Living Cities could serve as an example for the philanthropic sector.
During this webinar Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation, and sector leaders discuss how impact investing is empowering foundation staff and leadership to take advantage of creative, cross sector partnerships and new methods to deploy larger portions of their philanthropic resources to social good. View this webinar to hear their shared knowledge and insights into the opportunities for foundations to take the first steps as impact investors.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, together with the Council on Foundations, the European Foundation Centre, and the UPS Foundation, will host a webinar to discuss how private funders can address the crisis at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
The Council on Foundations and WINGS discussed the relevance of these reports to grantmakers and the Hudson Institute and CIVICUS shared insight around current trends in the regulation of philanthropy and civil society around the world.