The Council on Foundations announced today that Darcy Oman, President and CEO of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, received the Distinguished Service Award. And, Shelley Trott, Director of Arts Strategy and Ventures for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation received the Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking for innovation and strategic vision in grantmaking.
Community foundations are grantmaking public charities that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area. They bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support effective nonprofits in their communities. Community foundations vary widely in asset size, ranging from less than $100,000 to more than $1.7 billion.
Community foundations play a key role in identifying and solving community problems. In 2011, they gave an estimated $4.3 billion to a variety of nonprofit activities in fields that included the arts and education, health and human services, the environment, and disaster relief. The Community Foundations National Standards Board confirms operational excellence in six key areas—mission, structure, and governance; resource development; stewardship and accountability; grantmaking and community leadership; donor relations; and communications. Foundations that comply with these standards can display the official National Standards Seal. Right now nearly 500 community foundations have earned the seal.
More than 750 community foundations operate in urban and rural areas in every state in the United States; currently, more than 570 belong to the Council on Foundations. The community foundation model also has taken hold around the world. According to the 2010 Community Foundation Global Status Report, there are 1,680 community foundations in 51 countries. Forty-six percent exist outside of the United States. You can use our Community Foundation Locator to view a list of community foundations in the United States.
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Getting approval to participate in professional development events can be challenging. But, you can take initiative and show your organization why and how your attendance at the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations will strengthen your performance and benefit the stakeholders of your organization.
While online and local events may provide benefits, nothing can replace the value of the face-to-face offering of fresh perspectives and new ideas developed through conversations amongst peers facing similar challenges.
Why You Should Attend
Getting approval to participate in professional development events can be challenging. But, you can take initiative and show your organization why and how your attendance at the2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations will strengthen your performance and benefit the stakeholders of your organization.
In This Week at the Council you'll read about:
- Activate in August
- Preconference Programs at the 2014 Fall Conference
- Military Families and Mental Health
- New Donor Advised Fund Research
Read all this and more online today!
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In this week's This Week at the Council, you'll find:
- House Bill is a Big Win for Foundations
- Community Foundations are "Coming Home"
- Finalists Announced for 2014 Council Awards Program
- Take Part in the #CF100 Video Contest
- Philanthropy and Unaccompanied Children on the US Border
- And More!
Read it all, available online!
This afternoon, the United States House of Representatives passed an important legislative package impacting philanthropy, the “America Gives More Act of 2014” (H.R. 4719), with a bipartisan super-majority vote of 277-130.
While a sizable number of Democrats voted against the bill because of concerns over how to pay for these provisions, they nonetheless expressed support for the policies advanced by the charitable provisions in the bill.