Council News

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Council on Foundations is pleased to announce that Jeff West has been named its new Director of Corporate Philanthropy. Jeff joins the Council’s member relations team led by Paula Wolferseder Yabar to help advance the corporate philanthropy field and further support the Council’s corporate members and their charitable initiatives.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Data gathered in the 2015 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations® (CCSF) show that participating private foundations reported an average return of 0.0 percent for the 2015 fiscal year (January 1 – December 31, 2015), down from the 6.1 percent return reported for FY2014, while participating community foundations reported an average annual return of -1.8 percent compared with 4.8 percent for FY2014.

On August 1, more than three dozen foundations kicked off a nationwide campaign, #ReasonsForHope, to encourage people across the country to break through the darkness and find a path toward our ideals of dignity, equality, and justice.

RE:Philanthropy Blog

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 2:45pm

August 2016 includes updates on a peer-to-peer networking event designed exclusively for community foundation members, diving into pressing issues of community leadership, impact investing, and donor engagement. Learn about Berks County Community Foundation CEO Kevin Murphy joining the Council as Leader in Resident for this month, as well as details on upcoming HR and Endowment & Finance Summit, and more!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 10:17am

The Council on Foundations’ 2016 Endowments and Finance Summit is just around the corner – Sept. 28-30 – and as co-chair of the convening, I strongly encourage you to register for it! I personally look forward to the summit each year because it’s the preeminent venue for foundation executives to share information about investment trends, challenges, solutions and best practices. It also provides unrivaled opportunities to meet and collaborate with some of the top finance leaders in philanthropy. This is why my organization, the TIAA Institute, is thrilled to once again serve as the summit’s Education Partner and co-sponsor.

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 3:00pm

August 2016 updates on the Council's Global Philanthropy Program including news about the Sustainable Development Goals, new grantmaking laws and regulations in China and around the world, recent conferences on international philanthropy, and upcoming meeting and events.

Washington Snapshot

In this issue of Snapshot, you'll find: IRS Releases 2016-17 Priority Guidance Plan; FASB Releases New Accounting Standards for Nonprofits; HHS Resources to Address Health Crises in Your Community; So FATF Updated its Guidance: Now What?; Principles on New Funding Mechanisms Announced; Philanthropy Taking on Governments to Promote Nonprofits and Communities; Council Releases 2015 CCSF Report
In this issue of Washington Snapshot, you'll find: Your Lawmakers are in Their Home States and Districts!; White House to Host Broadband Summit; Charitable Trusts Available to More People Under New IRS Guidance; Scrutiny of Endowments, PILOTs Grow; UPDATE: Massachusetts Property Tax Exemption Preserved for Foundations, Nonprofits; #ReasonsForHope Campaign Reaches 90 Signatories
In this week's Washington Snapshot: Just Announced: Speakers for Upcoming Webinar; Universal Human Rights: What are We Sharing Across Borders?; DAFs, Incapacity & Powers of Attorney; Special Sessions Called to Address Unbalanced Budgets; Election-Year Nonpartisanship Under Scrutiny; Private Funding of Government Responsibilities on the Rise; and more!

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