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Global Philanthropy Update—March 2019

March is an exciting month at the Council! Our new President and CEO, Kathleen Enright, started this month and we’re looking forward to her leadership. Our global team has also expanded with the arrival of Brian Kastner, our new Manager of Global Philanthropy. Brian will be an important resource for our global partners for activities across our international program. He comes to us from a Council member, CAF America, so has deep expertise in global issues. You can reach him at —please say hello!

As we count down to our upcoming Leading Together Conference, I wanted to highlight two global sessions that will kick-off the Miami conference and are available to conference attendees at no additional cost, thanks to our generous sponsors:

  • Our half-day pre-conference session, Global Grantmaking Models: Options and Innovation for US Grantmaking, will explore new approaches to international giving, featuring speakers from the Firelight Foundation, CAF America, NGOSource, Foundation Center, Association of German Foundations, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network and more. Monday April 29th from 12:00-5:00 PM
  • Our Global Philanthropy Dinner will explore the rise of populism in Latin America. Sponsored by Open Society Foundations, the evening will feature dishes from Latin American countries, live arts performances, and a panel discussion on “Looming Authoritarianism in Latin America and What It Means for the World.” Space is limited, so register soon to claim your seat to hear from four amazing regional experts about developments in Latin America and what it means for US philanthropy.  Monday April 29th from 7:00 – 9:30 PM


Juanita Leon
Celina de Sola

Claudia Paz y Paz,
Director of the
Mexico and Central
America Program
Center for Justice
and International

Juanita León,
Director and Founder
of La Silla Vacía

Pedro Abramovay,
Regional Director
for Latin America
and the Caribbean
and Director of the
Latin America
Program at the Open
Society Foundations

Celina de Sola,
Co-Founder and
Vice President of
Program at





I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in April and May as spring conference seasons ramps up. Will you be in Redwood City for the Global Philanthropy Forum, Jamaica with WINGS, or Paris in May for EFC? Let me know and we can find time to sit down together and connect in person.

If you want to learn more about what’s planned for Miami or discuss the Council’s international work, please reach out so we can find time to connect. 



Natalie Ross
Vice President, External Relations


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The Role of Philanthropy in a Safe, Healthy and Just World

At a time when many are questioning the value of philanthropy, a new study by Candid and Centris is analyzing its role in creating peaceful and inclusive societies with access to justice for all, and in building effective, accountable and responsive institutions in line with Goal 16 of the SDGs. Initial results will be published in the June 2019 issue of Alliance Magazine, and a full report will be produced and distributed at a later date. All those who take part in the study will receive a copy of the report.

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New Global Philanthropy Survey on Time Horizons for Giving

A new global survey is exploring how donors view philanthropic time horizons and foundation decision-making in deciding on giving models. This work is led by the United Philanthropy Forum and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and survey results be released publicly in 2019. We hope you’ll add your voice and share your foundation’s thoughts on various giving models. 

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SDSN Issues Guide to Help Cities Implement the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has launched a guide for cities in the US to help achieve the SDGs. The report offers ten recommendations based on examples from American cities that have begun to use the SDGs. View the report or read more about it.

Charitable Giving in Brazil, Russia, and South Africa Reports

Charities Aid Foundation and its global affiliates have recently released a series of new reports surveying the state of charitable giving in Brazil, Russia, and South Africa. If you’re interested in learning more about popular causes or means of donating in each country, read about Brazil, Russia, and South Africa.

Freedom in the World

Freedom House has released its annual revaluation of freedom across the world. This year’s report presents a worrying trend that political rights and civil liberties are declining. Find out more here.


Council Updates


COF Country Notes Our expanded Country Notes resources provide resources for grantmaking into 35 countries — and now members have an additional set of tools to help them connect with partners and peers. Explore Now
mastering law foundation logo Co-Authored by Lara Kalwinski, ESQ and Suzanne S. Friday, ESQ, International Grantmaking is the latest chapter in our Legal Compendium and provides an introduction to all the legal considerations for cross-border philanthropy by US Foundations. Explore Now




Big pieces of news about Council member MacArthur Foundation: Catalytic Capital Consortium, a $150 million impact investing fund targeting the SDGs was launched, John Palfrey was named the next MacArthur Foundation President, and round two of 100&Change competition is now open.

Brazil’s New Endowment Law Could Strengthen Philanthropy and Democracy Around the Globe via SSIR
Brazil’s government passed Law No. 13,800, which regulates, for the first time, philanthropic endowment funds. This article dives into what this new law means for Brazil and for the rest of the world.

Justice Department to Step up Enforcement of Foreign Influence Laws — via New York Times
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is expected to raise in prominence under Attorney General William P. Barr.

The Hole in the Bucket: The Impact of De-risking on Non-Profit Organizations — via FinDev Gateway
Non-profits continue to suffer from the impacts of bank de-risking and AML/CFT frameworks continue to negatively impact certain charitable groups.

The Case for “Band-Aid” Philanthropy — via Vox
With philanthropy increasingly focused on taking risks and creating systemic change, David Callahan and Kelsey Piper are calling for keeping “band-aid” philanthropy.

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