Current Council Initiatives & Programs

Building a More Inclusive Workforce

How can we engage with businesses and public sector officials in identifying strategies that would lead to significant positive impact on the workforce participation of people with disabilities?

 

 

Career Pathways

A 12-month leadership program that prepares candidates from diverse backgrounds to compete for and earn positions as philanthropic leaders.

 

 

Center for Community Foundation Excellence (CCFE)

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.
 

 

Community Foundations Centennial

The Council is proud to mark the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first community foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, by celebrating the impact of the first century of community philanthropy and looking ahead to the next 100 years.
 

 

Disaster Philanthropy

Foundations often play an essential role in disaster relief and recovery. Not only do foundations provide grants and help raise money, they also use their experience and expertise to help civic leaders and responders distribute aid and rebuild communities.
 

 

Essential Skills and Strategies for Grantmakers

Essential Skills & Strategies (ESS) for New Grantmakers is a comprehensive educational program to help familiarize new and up-and-coming grantmakers to the foundation world and the field of philanthropy.

 

 

Global Philanthropy

The Council is actively working to build connections among U.S. and global foundations that are addressing problems and advancing change around the world.

 

 

Impact Investing

The Council is participating in the conversation about unlocking new capital for social good.
 

 

 

Leading Corporate Philanthropy

Corporate philanthropy has an opportunity to redefine the purpose and value for corporate foundations and giving programs.

 

 

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™

Developed in the spirit of accountability, transparency, and continuous self-improvement, National Standards for U.S. Community Foundation are philanthropy's most rigorous standards—evidence that community foundations seek excellence for their communities and donors.
 

 

Nonprofit Media

Nonprofit media groups are organizations that seek 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as public charities. These diverse organizations serve a valuable role in educating citizens through in-depth investigative reporting in order to elevate important social topics, particularly at the local level.
 

 

Safe Communities & Violence Prevention

The Council wants to bring more foundations and funders into this work, building on efforts that are already underway, and to raise awareness that safety and freedom from violence is a precondition for much of the work funders already do to be successful.

 

 

Supporting Veterans & Military Families

Over the long term, the Council will be working to solidify a national leadership role for the philanthropic sector in this emergent national priority.