RE: Philanthropy Blog

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:55pm

What an incredible announcement on May 19 by billionaire and philanthropist Robert F. Smith who pledged to pay off the student loans of all 2019 Morehouse College graduates. How great for these students. However, as some observe, this incredible gesture of generosity may have a downside in the form of a potential tax bill for the students receiving the debt forgiveness.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:10pm

How can we, as resource providers in the development and humanitarian assistance spaces, shift our focus from isolated capacity improvements to systemic, cascading change driven by leaders on the frontlines? This work begins with exploring the current power dynamics in our relationships with local actors, and redefining our role as true partners.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:25am

A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute is the first study in 10 years to analyze the landscape of U.S. women’s foundations and funds. Combining interviews and analysis of more than 200 organizations, Women’s Foundations and Funds: A Landscape Study helps fill this knowledge gap and provides a thorough analysis of these organizations.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 10:45am

As companies file their 2018 taxes, several corporate philanthropic leaders have contacted the Council with concerns surrounding the new excise tax. As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Section 4960 of the bill imposes a 21 percent excise tax on highly-paid executives of nonprofit organizations.

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 3:15pm

Karabi Acharya of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation discusses the importance of maintaining a global view for problem-solving as a grantmaker.

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 11:30am

We announced our work to reimagine Council membership and asked for feedback as we review Council membership and dues. More than 400 individuals – representing grantmaking organizations of different types, sizes, geographies, and member status – responded to our survey and shared ideas. Natalie Ross discusses what we learned from the responses.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 1:22pm

Meaghan Calcari Campbell discusses issues of equity within philanthropy, as well as what led her to a career in the field.

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 4:45pm

Gene Cochrane and Kathleen Enright detail the new policy transition team that will be leading the Council's presence in DC.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 3:08pm

In this post, AON outlines potential claimants that may bring a lawsuit against your organization.