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Community Philanthropy Update—January 2018

For some parts of the country, 2018 arrived in full force—with an arctic blast of frigid temperatures in the east and torrential mudslides in the west—all while tax reform brings new unknowns to our work.

While in some respects, the impact of this tax legislation on charitable giving seems mightily regressive, we have also seen many of our community foundation members take this as an opportunity to double down and communicate the need for giving to unrestricted community funds or donor advised funds. 

The Council has a full slate of webinars, convenings, and resources to help you and your organization get the information you need. Plese do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns.

Tax Reform and DAF Regulations

Missed our tax reform webinar? Members can listen in at their convenience! Also, you can still register for an upcoming call with Suzanne Friday, our Senior Counselon January 24, from 2-3 p.m. ET . 

  • Listen: The Tax Bill Has Passed—What Does it Mean and What Happens Now?
  • Register: Lunch with Legal Counsel: DAF Regulations and Tax Reform

Community Foundation Business Disruption: Digitalization

Join our series of conversations on ways that the ever-advancing digitized world is transforming the community foundation model. 

  • Register: Data: Not another four letter word—January 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
  • Register: Digital Security and Your Foundation—February 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
  • Save the Date: Impact of Digital Donations and Philanthropic Innovations on Community Foundations—March 15, 1-2 p.m. ET

Below, you will find some of our most popular downloads, recordings, and resources in 2017, as well as a few key reminders of what's in store for 2018!

Brad Ward
Director, Community Philanthropy
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Only a Few Slots Remain for Mexico City

The Council has expanded the available slots for registration to the North American Community Foundation Summit, giving you another opportunity to register and attend the first-ever convening of community foundation leaders from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, working to tackle critical issues facing our field. 

Register to join us in Mexico City for this incredible opportunity before it’s too late!


Membership renewal ends on April 30, 2018. With tax reform behind us, we need a united front to protect philanthropy. Your continued membership in the Council will allow us to help you navigate this new landscape and stay up-to-date with developments affecting your work. Please take 90 seconds to share your intentions with us. Doing so will opt you out of receiving select 2018 renewal messages.

Your membership allows us to better amplify the great work you do, advocate on behalf of the sector, and strengthen philanthropy around the country and across the world.

Thank you for your membership.

Popular 2017 Recordings:

Top 2017 Resources:

Legal Matters for Community Foundations Workshops

Tuesday March 27 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | San Antonio Area Foundation | San Antonio, TX

Led by Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Brad Ward, Director of Community Philanthropy, this workshop is designed to answer your broad legal questions on administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities. Suzanne will provide technical and practical understanding of complex rules and regulations and Brad will give updates on the most pressing issues and topics for the sector. 

Registration coming soon. Save the Date!

Featured Upcoming Event

Public Policy Summit | April 11-13, 2018| Philadelphia, PA

The Council’s inaugural Public Policy Summit will engage foundation leaders, policy experts, media, and elected officials in important conversations around the policy issues that are critical to ensuring philanthropy can flourish. Being hosted appropriately in the birthplace of American democracy, this event will be an exciting and engaging event that allows philanthropic leaders an opportunity to learn, shape and be heard.

Who Should Attend

The Public Policy Summit is ideal for senior foundation leaders, including organization heads, general counsels, board members, and public policy and advocacy-focused staff.

Register today!

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