RE: Philanthropy Blog

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 2:45pm

August 2016 includes updates on a peer-to-peer networking event designed exclusively for community foundation members, diving into pressing issues of community leadership, impact investing, and donor engagement. Learn about Berks County Community Foundation CEO Kevin Murphy joining the Council as Leader in Resident for this month, as well as details on upcoming HR and Endowment & Finance Summit, and more!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 10:17am

The Council on Foundations’ 2016 Endowments and Finance Summit is just around the corner – Sept. 28-30 – and as co-chair of the convening, I strongly encourage you to register for it! I personally look forward to the summit each year because it’s the preeminent venue for foundation executives to share information about investment trends, challenges, solutions and best practices. It also provides unrivaled opportunities to meet and collaborate with some of the top finance leaders in philanthropy. This is why my organization, the TIAA Institute, is thrilled to once again serve as the summit’s Education Partner and co-sponsor.

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 9:00am

For foundations that offer charitable remainder annuity trusts (CRATs), a new revenue procedure (Rev. Proc. 2016-41) offers a sample provision that may be included in the governing instrument of the trust (CRAT) and provides that the IRS will treat the sample provision as a qualified contingency within the meaning of § 664(f) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 1:17pm

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 4:51pm

Continuing our blog post series about the 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report (GSB), this week let’s take a look at the third chapter, “Issues Specific to the Chief Executive Officer.”

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 11:13am

When I noticed late last year that the Council on Foundations’ annual conference would focus on climate change, I was delighted. For The Fund for New Jersey and other place-based funders, climate change has been a daunting challenge.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 9:55am

The SDGs are a framework that challenges all of us, working both in human rights and across sectors, to think differently about how our work in the US and abroad is interlinked. But do we even speak the same language? The closing conference session on buzzwords challenged us to consider if we are communicating in an accessible way that allows others to join the conversation – or are we excluding those not in the know?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 9:00am

Sustainability. Quality education. Poverty reduction. Gender equality. If this list sounds familiar to individuals working in philanthropy or non-profits in the U.S., it should. Our sector is synonymous with these issues in part because our nation suffers from many of them, despite being the wealthiest country on the planet.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 3:10pm

Everyone who works in philanthropy has a different and interesting story of how they “found” the field. For many, it is a story of starting in philanthropy after a long career in another industry. Others tell a different story: you need not wait to become a philanthropist. Around the world, a growing movement of young people is not waiting to be a part of the change made possible by philanthropy.

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 10:38am

How can you do the most good, with limited resources, when facing enormous problems? That question lies at or near the heart of every decision at a foundation. This is true of the grant dollars which support community institutions and provide for social services, and it is true of the endowed dollars which are invested to in order to fund future grantmaking – providing for generations to come and needs unforeseen. By carefully stewarding money held in the public’s trust, a foundation’s board can ensure that an initial philanthropic gift can grow over time, multiplying – many times over – and providing a strong financial base to advance the foundation’s mission. And many today are asking if those investments can be invested in other ways, beyond traditional grantmaking, to deliver benefits to the communities and complement the efforts central to the foundation’s mission.