Council & Member News Feed

Posted Date: Mon, 07/26/2021 - 14:00
A few years ago, in my role guiding strategy and programs at the Democracy Fund, I took some time to explore the idea of “trust.” It was a construct that came up over and over again in conversations about democracy – for instance, do we trust elections to be safe and secure? What news sources can...
Posted Date: Mon, 07/26/2021 - 14:00
Today, the Council on Foundations announced a new strategy that sets forth a 20-year direction heading for the organization. Motivated by a vision of philanthropy as a trusted partner in advancing the greater good, the Council’s new strategic direction challenges philanthropy to make progress on a...
Posted Date: Mon, 06/28/2021 - 15:13
It’s been an eventful month in Congress! In addition to the ACE Act, another bill was introduced last week that will have a significant impact on community foundations – by providing you with new ways of giving scholarships.
Posted Date: Mon, 06/28/2021 - 10:24
Community foundations and place-based funders should be aware of the impending rental evictions crisis on the horizon. Money is available in every state to help renters who are behind on rent due to the pandemic’s impacts and are at risk of eviction when the federal pandemic eviction moratorium...
Posted Date: Fri, 06/25/2021 - 13:00
In this week's edition of Snapshot: The top stories in Washington this week, including a new bill poised to drive growth in rural areas and mitigate the student debt crisis.
Posted Date: Thu, 06/24/2021 - 13:37
The Council on Foundations applauds the reintroduction of the Workforce Development Through Post-Graduation Scholarships Act (S.2191/ H.R4095) by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Terri Sewell (D-AL). The bill would allow...
Posted Date: Mon, 06/21/2021 - 14:30
When I formally entered the field of philanthropy, I was certain of my commitment to improving the overall quality of life for children and families. But to be frank, what I was not certain of was the full scope of the vast and unique role philanthropy could play in facilitating such change. As a...
Posted Date: Mon, 06/21/2021 - 11:30
The idea of raising the bar in the philanthropic sector is a great one, but we need to acknowledge some potentially hard truths first: a) the bar is actually set pretty low, so the idea of raising it shouldn’t be the pinnacle of our aspirations; b) we haven’t reached the goals represented by the...
Posted Date: Thu, 06/17/2021 - 09:30
Like many of us in the philanthropic sector, I have, over the past year, been to more than a few webinars and conferences on philanthropy’s role in advancing equity. It can often feel like we’re all following a standard script. We acknowledge that racism exists, and has in fact existed for a while...
Posted Date: Wed, 06/16/2021 - 21:00
I came away from the second day of the Council on Foundations’ Leading Together 2021 conference with an enormous amount of hope. Hope in humanity and in the kind and equitable future we will create together, if we challenge ourselves to do better and shift many of our sector practices.
Posted Date: Wed, 06/16/2021 - 15:00
Over the past year, the COVID-19 crisis and violent racism against the Black and AAPI communities provided a moment of reckoning for philanthropic practitioners across the United States. We can capitalize on this moment if we work together, and if we understand that the greater good is more than a...
Posted Date: Tue, 06/15/2021 - 20:30
During sessions on the first day of Leading Together 2021, three words resounded in the conversations: respect, trust, and equity. These three words have tremendous importance, both in our lives as individuals and as philanthropy professionals, and they have the power to reshape the ways that we...
Posted Date: Fri, 06/11/2021 - 13:00
In this week's edition of Snapshot: The top stories in Washington this week, including news from the Departments of Education and Agriculture.
Posted Date: Thu, 06/10/2021 - 09:45
On June 9, 2021, Senators King (I-ME) and Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Accelerating Charitable Efforts (ACE) Act. The Council on Foundations opposes this legislation.
Posted Date: Fri, 06/04/2021 - 13:00
In this week's edition of Snapshot: A summary of the Biden administration's FY2022 budget request. Plus, don't forget to register for Leading Together 2021!