Over the past several months, Council staff have held conversations with foundation leaders who are grappling with how to understand philanthropy’s role as the new Administration challenges the way our country has traditionally operated. The pace with which significant changes are proposed and executed is making it difficult for even the best strategic jugglers to know how, if, or when to react. Most will admit that these are unusual times. Some describe what’s happening as a shock to the system, sending waves of confusion through organizations and around the globe.
Corporate Philanthropy refers to the investments and activities a company voluntarily undertakes to responsibly manage and account for its impact on society. It includes investments of money, donations of products, in-kind services and technical assistance, employee volunteerism, and other business transactions to advance a social cause, issue, or the work of a nonprofit organization. Corporate foundations and corporate giving programs traditionally play a major role in these areas.
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In this Week’s Edition of Snapshot…
- Tax Reform Update: Council staff meets with Chairman Brady, there is a new member of Ways and Means, and tax bills are not in short supply
- The Council sends a letter to Congress about the “Johnson Amendment”
- A number of the President’s Cabinet Nominees have been confirmed
- The United Nations faces a possibility of decreased funding from the U.S.
- In the States: State-Level Opposition to Attacks on Foundation and Nonprofit Nonpartisanship
Basic Rights and Rules for Foundations working with Non-US Citizens
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Last Updated: February 6, 2017
Evaluation and philanthropic learning are essential to driving social change. Here are five trends to look out for in 2017 – and likely beyond:
In this Week’s Edition of Snapshot…
February marks the observance of National African American History Month, a commemoration with origins dating back to 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson instituted a week-long celebration to raise awareness of African Americans’ contributions to history. 50 years later, as part of the United States Bicentennial, the week became a month, and today February is celebrated as National African American History Month in the United States and Black History Month in Canada.
Last October, I received an email about an HR nonprofit diversity conference in San Francisco. I forwarded the email to our HR director. I wondered what cool organization had sponsored this event? While surfing around the website of that cool organization, CoF, I spotted the page for the Career Pathways program. My heart beat a little faster. As a founding member of my foundation’s diversity committee and someone who spends a great deal of time brainstorming ways to develop a culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), I was doubled over with excitement.
Happy new year!
In the last few months, I’ve reached out to many of you to introduce myself, learn more about your foundations, and discuss ways that we can work together through your membership with the Council. After each of these discussions, I have come away not only impressed, but genuinely inspired having learned about the work you’re doing in communities throughout the world. I’ve also gained a deeper appreciation for just how much we have to learn from each other.
In This Week's Edition of Snapshot...
- Congress Rolls Out Ambitious 200-Day Plan
- President Trump Instates Regulatory Freeze
- International NGOs Face New Restrictions with U.S. Grant Dollars
- In the States: State of the State Addresses 2017
Did you march with the millions of women in cities around the world last week? Or watch President Trump’s inauguration last Friday? Here in D.C., it’s been a crowded and hectic start to 2017.