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Date:
Fri, 02/22/2013
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The Council on Foundations announced that Theophilus Gregory, senior vice president at the El Pomar Foundation, is receiving the Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking at this week's Annual Conference in Los Angeles.
Date:
Thu, 02/14/2013
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Today Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), the committee’s ranking member, held a hearing on the impact of the charitable deduction. Kevin Murphy, president of Berks County Community Foundation and chair of the Council on Foundations Board of Directors, was on the first panel to testify. Representing the Council as the national organization and voice for grantmaking organizations, while also speaking as the president of a medium-sized community foundation, Murphy underscored that limits or caps on the charitable deduction will result in less charitable giving and have a significant impact on America’s most vulnerable citizens.
Date:
Fri, 01/25/2013
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The Council on Foundations 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference opens Sunday in San Jose, Calif., one of America’s most dynamic model cities for innovation and philanthropic investment. The conference creates a forum for family foundation leaders to share ideas, establish partnerships, and reimagine their philanthropic giving within a systems thinking context. Vikki N. Spruill, the Council’s new president and CEO, will open the conference with remarks that detail the recent strategic redesign of the organization.
Date:
Thu, 01/03/2013
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The Council on Foundations announced new hires and promotions today to support the organization’s recent strategic redesign that positions the Council to serve as a more relevant, agile leadership organization. Effective January 10, Sue Santa will assume the role of senior vice president of public policy and legal affairs. Santa will oversee the Council’s government relations and legal team while providing strategic direction for all advocacy efforts, including working with all branches of government to communicate the value and impact of philanthropy and ensuring a positive environment for charitable giving.
Date:
Thu, 12/13/2012
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The Council on Foundations issued the following letter to the president and congressional leadership urging them to agree upon a path forward in the best interest of the country as federal deficit deliberations continue. As the leader of a national membership association representing the diverse perspectives of more than 1,700 philanthropic organizations, Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill underscored the important position the philanthropic sector holds in communities across America. She reinforced that philanthropy alone cannot meet the needs of vulnerable communities if we do not resolve our nation’s fiscal crisis.
Date:
Tue, 09/25/2012
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS have recommended a significant change in the process for determining whether a foreign nongovernmental organization (NGO) meets U.S. standards for charitable giving. In "Reliance Standards for Making Good Faith Determinations," a document published today in theFederal Register, Treasury and the IRS have proposed regulations that lessen the administrative and financial burdens for U.S. grantmakers to engage in international philanthropy. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the guidance in an address at the Clinton Global Initiative, during which she unveiled the Global Philanthropy Working Group.
Date:
Mon, 09/10/2012
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In countless neighborhoods across the country, hundreds of community foundations are improving the lives of residents and the places where they live. These philanthropic organizations often work without much recognition—until now. Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Council on Foundations, announced the first winners of a new awards program to recognize community foundations for the excellent work they do along with their public partners in the areas of housing and community development.
Date:
Mon, 07/23/2012
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The Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNSB) is pleased to announce that Hugh Ralston, president and CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), is its new president. A supporting organization of the Council on Foundations, the CFNSB is responsible for the quality, value, and integrity of compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™. The board ensures that National Standards remain relevant amid changing policies, procedures and regulations, and coordinates developments in the compliance process.
Date:
Wed, 06/27/2012
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The Council on Foundations today announced important partnerships with two leaders advancing social impact, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and the Mission Investors Exchange. The Council will add its complementary platform to amplify, convene, and connect around the good work of these two leaders.
Date:
Wed, 06/20/2012
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The Council on Foundations announced today that 11 promising philanthropic leaders have been selected to participate in the third annual Career Pathways program. The intensive, year-long leadership initiative is designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector's senior executives.
Date:
Thu, 05/17/2012
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The great recession continues to plague America’s communities, but no group has been more affected than the middle class. Can philanthropy help these families get back on their feet? How do grantmakers address the issues affecting the middle class? While this topic was debated during the Council on Foundations 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles, we pose these challenging questions to the field now for all to weigh in.
Date:
Thu, 05/10/2012
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The Council on Foundations and CF Insights today released the “Columbus Survey, Guideposts for Navigating Peaks and Valleys,” the field’s most comprehensive report on community foundation assets, gifts, and grants for 2011.

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