RE: Philanthropy Blog

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 10:30am

How can foundations better anticipate ways in which the world is changing around them? This is a challenge for every organization functioning in what the military has termed a "VUCA world." The acronym refers to an operating environment characterized by Volatility, Uncertainty, Change and Ambiguity. For decades now, I have worked with senior business executives to help their organizations spot, anticipate and remain resilient in the face of VUCA challenges.

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 11:30am

Career Pathways Cohort, Brian Dixon shares his vision on the Future of Philanthropy

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 1:00pm

Sharnita Johnson shares her journey to leadership in philanthropy and participation in the 2019 Career Pathways cohort.

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 9:00am

"Have a great day and let your sun shine!" These are my departing words for my 8-year-old daughter every morning at drop off. It’s my rally cry hoping she unleashes her true self on the world (well, ok, her second-grade classroom) in everything she does.

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 2:20pm

Lee Bynum discusses philanthropy and participation in the 2019 Career Pathways cohort.

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.