Global Philanthropy

The vote for Britain to exit the European Union took philanthropy and the rest of the world by surprise. But it raises tough new questions about how grant makers should respond to political and financial turmoil and uncertainty.

On May 10, 2016, Council on Foundations (COF) and International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) convened over one hundred organizations to discuss new Chinese legislation that may restrict the work of overseas, Hong Kong, and Taiwan-based foundations and other nonprofits in China.

Council Global Philanthropy Intern McQuillin Murphy reflects on what he learned participating in a Council co-hosted event at the Colombian Embassy on June 9 to introduce 35 foundations from Colombia to American philanthropy. The day featured panel discussions on a wide range of topics, including best practice in advocacy and public policy, new forms of U.S. philanthropy and social innovation, and community philanthropy.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Senate Philanthropy Caucus Co-Chairs Encourage Colleagues to Join; Machine-Readable 990s to Become Available Next Week; Secretary Kerry Addresses Concerns with New Chinese Law; When to Use Which Fund; Unfunded State Liabilities are Driving Policy Challenges; and more!

This full report offers the most comprehensive information available on staff composition and compensation for U.S. foundations. It contains salaries for 35 full-time positions; allows grantmakers to benchmark compensation against their peers by foundation type, asset size, and region; and offers extensive information on benefits policies and practices.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Ways and Means Making Progress on Tax Reform Plan; Race-Based Scholarships and Proving an Applicant's Status; California Bill Seeks to Mandate Website, Fundraising Text for Organizations Throughout the U.S.; Shareholder Activism Targets Lobbying Disclosure; and more!

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Chairman Hatch Continues Discussions on Corporate Integration; Ways and Means Committee Holds Markup; Estate Tax Bill Introduced in the House; UPDATE: Chinese NGO Legislation Passed into Law; Council Submits Comments to FATF on Recommendation 8; Council Analysis of New PRI Regulations is Now Available; Update on Donor Privacy Case in California; Corporate Foundations, Annual Distributions, and Self-Dealing; Nonprofits Coalesce Behind Solutions to Student Loan Debt Crisis; Foundation Leaders Continue to Speak on the Value of Perpetuity; and more!