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Wed, 04/25/2012
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Los Angeles. New Orleans. Detroit. Through riots, hurricanes, or economic despair, each city experienced significant crisis, and each has or is on its way to recovery thanks in large part to the philanthropic sector. But what exactly is the role of philanthropy in responding to communities in crisis? What are the outcomes? While these questions will be addressed next week during the opening plenary session of the Council’s Annual Conference, we pose these challenging questions to the field now.
Date:
Wed, 04/11/2012
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Over 1,000 of the nation's top grantmakers will gather in Los Angeles for the Council on Foundations Annual Conference, April 29–May 1. The conference will serve as a hub of conversation on the top issues and opportunities facing philanthropy today, including an opening session held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the L.A. civil unrest on April 29, focused on how crisis can become a community's turning point.
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Thu, 03/29/2012
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Vikki Spruill will become president and CEO of the Council on Foundations effective July 1, 2012. Spruill, currently the president and CEO of Ocean Conservancy, brings a blend of expertise in both collaborative leadership and philanthropy.
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Tue, 03/27/2012
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With questions about diversity and inclusion leading local and national headlines, this month's #PhilChat will examine the state of diversity in philanthropy, from staff to boardrooms, grantmaking to policies. This discussion will bring together grantmakers in an open and honest dialogue about where the sector stands on the issue.
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Fri, 03/23/2012
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Every day across this country, hundreds of community-based foundations are improving the lives of residents and the neighborhoods where they live. These foundations often do their philanthropic work without much recognition – until now. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is collaborating with the Council on Foundations in the launch of a new awards program to recognize community foundations for the excellent work they do along with their public partners in the area of housing and community development.
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Wed, 03/21/2012
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More than 200 leaders of community, private, and corporate grantmaking foundations will gather on Capitol Hill this week to meet with their elected officials to explain why federal policies to promote philanthropy and charitable giving are more important now than ever, as the nation slowly emerges from economic downturn. The grantmakers, convening for the annual Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) event cosponsored by the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, will also discuss with lawmakers and federal agency officials how government increasingly is learning from the philanthropic sector how to affordably develop and implement innovative solutions to long-term social problems.
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Fri, 03/16/2012
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The application deadline for the third class of the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways Program is March 21. Individuals with diverse backgrounds seeking career advancement in the field of philanthropy are encouraged to apply.
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Wed, 03/14/2012
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The Council on Foundations today announced the release of the 2011 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report, the most comprehensive information available on staff composition and compensation for U.S. foundations. The report contains salaries for 34 full-time positions and allows grantmakers to benchmark compensation against their peers by foundation type, size, and region. The report also offers extensive information on benefits policies and practices and includes new data on health care premiums by plan type.
Date:
Wed, 03/14/2012
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More than 200 leaders from private, family, and corporate foundations and grantmaking associations will convene in Washington, D.C., March 21–22 to show lawmakers and federal agency officials how unique partnerships between foundations and government are one model for economic success in many communities still recovering from recession and joblessness. The foundation officials—who are participating in the annual Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) event cosponsored by the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers—are also here to tell lawmakers why they should promote federal policies that encourage charitable giving, like preserving the full value of the charitable tax deduction for all Americans. For the past three years, the Obama administration has proposed undermining the incentive for some tax payers, those most able to give, jeopardizing the long-term health of charities and the communities they serve.
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Fri, 02/24/2012
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In celebration of International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD), February's #PhilChat will convene some of the most prominent corporate giving programs to explore the role businesses are playing in communities around the world through philanthropic efforts. ICPD, which falls on the fourth Monday of every February, recognizes the advocacy taking place through corporate-community partnerships and encourages more businesses to increase giving initiatives. This month’s #PhilChat will shine the spotlight on the work currently taking place, the challenges involved, and how to engage more corporate giving on a global scale.
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As Philanthropy Week quickly approaches we are excited to offer a webinar geared at getting you up-to-speed on the latest happenings in Washington!
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Issues: Leadership
The Council on Foundations, in collaboration with BoardSource, is proud to announce the publication of an easy-to-use guide for new foundation board members. This publication is designed as a basic guide for new foundation board members, providing an introduction to tools and knowledge essential in your first years of service on the board of a foundation.

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