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Corporate Philanthropy Update - March 2018

I am excited to introduce you to Lindsay Mason, the Council’s new Director of Corporate Philanthropy!  

LindsayMason-1.pngLindsay has more than 10 years’ experience in the philanthropic sector, with a strong background building partnerships, leveraging resources, and increasing opportunities for private and corporate grantmakers. She is coming to the Council as the former Program Administrator, Community Affairs from Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta. Lindsay previously managed million-dollar grant portfolios and executed domestic and global programs at Under Amour and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

We are excited to have Lindsay on board! I know she will add great value to the Council’s corporate programming and be a powerful resource for all of you. I hope you’ll take a moment to welcome her to the Council at—her first day is on Monday March 26th.

I'd also like to thank the following corporate foundations who have joined the Council for 2018:

  • Viking Global Foundation
  • Kroger Company Foundation

Vice-President, External Relations


Thursday, March 29 | 2:00PM EST

Prizes, challenges, and competitions can bring new awareness to critical issues, help grantmakers reach beyond their existing networks, and connect participants with new resources. But they are not easy to do well.

Join the Council for a discussion between two grantmakers who’ve deployed a model based on compassionate competition. Learn more about the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change, a competition for a single $100 million grant to solve a critical problem of our time, and what is involved in making such a significant grant. Then, hear about the Compassionate Shark Tank from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, which believes that ideas get better when they are presented to a diverse group of funders, leaders, and citizens. They have successfully used a competition model on a smaller scale that is achievable for foundations of any size or type. Consider examples from the two foundations of how to support other submissions and take the opportunity to ask questions about criteria, impact, and scalability.



Can Corporations Inspire Social Good?
Understanding the strategies needed to catalyze cultural change, as well as the advantages and limits of benefit corporations, are critical in guiding enterprises to inspire social good.

Podcast: How Spreads the Gospel of Corporate Giving
This installment of the Business of Giving features Suzanne DiBianca, chief philanthropy officer at, a leading cloud-computing software company. Salesforce has adopted the concept of giving 1 percent each of time, equity, and products to good causes.

Walgreens Expands #ItEndsWithUs Campaign to Educate Texas Teens on Opioid Awareness
Today, Walgreens, a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, announces its “#ItEndsWithUs” campaign is coming to Dallas to educate local teens on the opioid epidemic.

Grants Roundup: Home Depot Pledges $50 Million for Skilled-Labor Training
$50 million over 10 years to the Home Builders Institute to train 20,000 people, particularly veterans, to be plumbers, electricians, and carpenters and to learn other trades.


Diversity of Thought: Atlas Corps Fellows Program
On February 28, the Council partnered with American Express and Atlas Corps to host a webinar about the Atlas Corps Fellows Program. The Council and American Express shared how participation in the Atlas Corps Fellows program helped strengthen our work and diversify our organization. Atlas Corps facilitates overseas fellowships for the best of the world's rising leaders who volunteer for 12-18 months at American organizations working on social issues. Listen Here.



April 11-13, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

The Council’s inaugural Public Policy Summit promises to engage foundation leaders, policy experts, and media representatives in important conversations around the policy issues that are critical to ensuring philanthropy flourishes. 

Thank you for your membership.

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