RE: Philanthropy Blog

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:20am

This spring I traveled to Japan, where I had the opportunity to visit the Hosoo textile company in Kyoto. The company was founded in 1688 and has been passed down through 12 generations of the same family, still sitting on the same site. Formerly focused on textiles for traditional garments used in imperial households, the company has retooled itself for the cultural edge of the modern era. Now, they are working with MIT on innovative smart fabrics and providing material to fashion houses like Louis Vuitton and Channel. This seamless transition between the ancient past and the near future was a frequent sight in Japan, and it struck me as a stunning metaphor for how we might not only adapt to momentous change, but use creativity and take risks to leap ahead of it.

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 10:45am

Recently, Council staff traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join more than 50 funders to discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are relevant to local challenges facing communities across the Southwest. The gathering was the sixth city in a series of national conversations about the SDGs. In each city, from San Francisco to Jacksonville to New York City, the Council has partnered with a regional philanthropy association as well as leading local funders to co-host events that are inherently international while also hyper-local at the same time. Our respective networks and expertise have been critical assets in expanding this work on global goals around the country.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:00am

At the Citi Foundation, we believe that success is a combination of the impact we can generate directly through our grant making and the influence we can have on others by amplifying what works (or what isn’t working)—and most importantly why success matters.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 5:00pm

Keep up with community foundations developments for August.

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 4:40pm

Software for National Standards is modernizing and being streamlined. Eula Tatman of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation explains her first impressions of the new system.

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 11:34am

The Council on Foundations is proud to team up with San Diego Grantmakers to support the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, which aims to help veterans and their families transition back into civilian life in an effectiveand holistic way.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:10am

Meghan Ervine, the Council's communications intern, interviews her fellow interns as their time with us comes to a close. They reflect on their internships, lessons learned, and plans for the future.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 5:20pm

How can diversity, equity, and inclusion be integrated into philanthropic organizations? Rebecca Cisek and David Daniels explain how they're seeking to include DEI into the culture of the Bainum Family Foundation.

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:30pm

The philanthropic sector has taken steps to address the lack of inclusion of women and people of color in its talent pool. But newly released research from the Council on Foundations reveals that several demographics often are missing from philanthropic talent conversations and decisions.