I’m glad to see so many of you demonstrating your commitment to veterans and their families by joining us here today. With over 2.5 million returning veterans, the scale of the issues facing military families requires an all-hands-on-deck approach that includes community institutions, the private sector, government, and philanthropy.
The Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge today announced more than $106 million in new commitments to strengthen services and support for millions of veterans and military families throughout America. Five new grantmakers joined more than 30 philanthropic organizations and corporations that made the Impact Pledge since 2014.
The Council on Foundations applauds Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for introducing The Public Good IRA Rollover Act of 2015 (S.1159). This measure would make permanent and expand the IRA charitable rollover, a valuable incentive for Americans to contribute to charitable organizations across the country their mandatory distributions from IRA accounts. The Council is also grateful for Senator Susan Collins’ (R-ME) co-sponsorship and support.
On Tax Day, the Council submitted comments to the Senate Finance Committee’s Business and Individual tax reform working groups. We offer our tax reform priorities in response to the Senate Finance Committee request to submit written comments to its tax reform working groups. We expect the Committee will issue a summary report of submissions in the coming months.
Leonard Aube, Executive Director of the Annenberg Foundation, passed away this week. He will be remembered for his courage and vision in serving Los Angeles, and providing over $2 billion in support to more than 2,500 non-profits around the world.
The Council on Foundations today announced the hiring of Siobhán O’Riordan as the new Senior Vice President of Member Engagement. In this capacity, she will oversee the member relations, professional development, research, intermediary partnerships, communications, and diversity and inclusion teams at the Council.
The Council on Foundations today announced the release of the 2014 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report, the most comprehensive information available on staff composition and compensation for U.S. foundations and corporate giving programs. Salary information is provided for 35 executive, professional and administrative positions, and the report allows grantmakers to compare compensation to that of their peers by foundation type, asset size, and region.
As organizations whose networks collectively represent tens of thousands of charities and foundations, we strongly urge all House Members to vote in favor of H.R. 644, America Gives More Act.
President Obama unveiled his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget today, which sets forth the Administration’s spending and policy priorities for the coming year. This year, the Budget presents a fiscal plan oriented around “Middle Class Economics.”
Today, the Council on Foundations (Council) announced the professional development working groups for its 2015 Annual Meeting in San Francisco scheduled for April 26 – 28. These working groups will be partnering with the Council’s staff and leadership to develop world-class programming that speaks to the core concerns of each foundation type.