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Global Philanthropy Update - April 2019

We’re less than two weeks away from Leading Together 2019. We’ve been busy preparing a great program with fantastic speakers representing diverse perspectives. Best of all, it’s not too late to register!

Additionally, we’ve updated the full global preconference program with all of the speakers and topics we’ll be discussing. You can also view a full snapshot of the entire Leading Together 2019 programming so you can map out your itinerary while onsite.

For global grantmakers, we look forward to seeing you at our Global Dinner on Monday night, which will focus on Latin America. If you are registered to attend the dinner, you should have received an email from Brian Kastner, our new Global Philanthropy Manager, to confirm your attendance. If you didn’t receive the email or would like to add the dinner to your conference registration (at no extra cost), please contact Brian at

Before we head to Miami, Brian and I will be in Jamaica for a WINGS meeting focused on Driving Philanthropy for the Future. I’ll also be in Paris in May for EFC’s AGA, so please connect with us if you would like to meet in person.


Natalie Ross
Vice President, External Relations

Member Highlights

The Value of Learning from the World | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Karabi Acharya, Director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, discusses key lessons their organization has learned and implemented throughout the United States, to improve the culture of health in communities.

New Awards for Grassroots Groups Globally | Global Fund for Children

Named after former Board Chair of the Global Fund for Children, the Juliette Gimon Courage Awards recognize innovative grassroots organizations around the world that are positively impacting children who face particularly challenging circumstances. The first two awards from the Juliette Gimon Fund for Courageous Leadership were given at the Global Philanthropy Forum in early April.


Philanthropy in China Report

With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, AVPN recently published the “Philanthropy in China” report, showing trends in Chinese philanthropy and how the country’s new generation of wealth is shaping giving. Read the report.

India Giving 2019

Charities Aid Foundation and its affiliate CAF India have released their second India Giving report, detailing how Indians give while showing the causes most important to the country. Learn more about the report.

Strengthening Local Humanitarian Leadership Philanthropic Toolkit

How are US-based funders tackling localization issues? This toolkit, produced by Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, explores philanthropy’s role in localization and provides various successful case studies. Explore the toolkit.

Global Fund for Community Foundations Report

Commissioned by Comic Relief, GFCF recently released the report, New Horizons for Community-Led Development, exploring strategies and approaches that put local communities and institutions in charge of their own development. Read the report.

Virtual Learnings

“Conduit” or Can’t Do It? What to Do When Your Grantee is not the Grantee
April 24, 2019 | 2:00 PM ET | Free for members

Occasionally a foundation may be asked to make a grant payable to a fiscal sponsor or fiscal agent acting on behalf of a charitable grantee. In some instances, the intended grantee may not be a legal entity or qualified 501(c)(3) public charity and a fiscal sponsor is necessary to facilitate the grant. To better understand what this means, join Council on Foundations attorney, Bryan J. Del Rosario on April 24th at 2 p.m.

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How Funders Can Support Local Solutions | April 23, 2019 | 10 AM ET | Free

Hosted by Devex, this webinar builds on conversations from the Global Philanthropy Forum & Skoll World Forum to discuss efforts to localize philanthropy. Learn how donors are shifting funding strategies and how organizations are finding new avenues for collaboration.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES | Cyclone Idai: Responding to an International Crisis

The Council recently co-sponsored a webinar with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, exploring how funders can respond and provide relief amidst the devastation of Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa.

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Laws are chipping away at democracy around the world – via The Conversation
Chrystie Swiney writes about a swath of new laws that impact civil society and democracy and how these laws have taken root in more established democracies.

Why India’s rich don’t give their money away – BBC
With a new wave of wealthy Indians, it remains to be seen to what extent this new wealth will be returned to India in the form of philanthropic giving.

New Framework Helps Global Philanthropists Align Money with Mission – via Triple Pundit
The Philanthropy Framework, created by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a result of conversations with more than 50 global foundations and seeks to provide a new guide for evolving philanthropists and foundations.

3 Ways to Prepare for the 'New Wave of Innovation in Philanthropy' - Devex
With learnings from the Global Philanthropy Forum, Catherine Cheney explores the 3 big takeaways from this year’s conference.