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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.

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