RE: Philanthropy Blog

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 12:45pm

Imagine this scenario: it’s Monday and John Smith waits to be released from the county jail. In his hand, he holds confirmation of a medical appointment for Tuesday that someone from a community-based organization arranged for him, anticipating he will get the medical treatment he needs. John is HIV positive.

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 2:44pm

In 2012, the Fremont Area Community Foundation took a major step toward building a stronger workforce and increasing educational achievement by adopting Goal 2025—a national goal—to increase the proportion of our residents with high-quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:15pm

Brad Ward shares his experiences attending the AdNet, CommA, and ProNet Professional Networks for Community Foundation staff this week in New Orleans, which represents the first time these three professional peer network groups have convened together. This combined event clearly reflects the community foundation way of collaboration, leveraging resources, and convening like-minded individuals for the common good.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 4:40pm

The Great Recession hurt many Americans, and rural communities across the US have had to continue fighting to provide residents with facilities to educate their children, businesses that offer goods and employment, and other institutions to meet residents’ needs. In rural communities, it’s not uncommon for children to have to ride the bus for an hour to get to school and another hour to get home. It’s not uncommon for people to have to drive 45 minutes to get their groceries. Broadband Internet is rarely available and residents rely on very slow dial-up connections.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:44am

Carla D. Thompson, the vice president of program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, writes about the Couples Advancing Together program that the Center for Urban Families offers families who currently receive public benefits through the Maryland Department of Social Services. By providing services such as healthy relationship skill-building, employment assistance and case management services, the program puts fathers in the best position they can be to play an active role in their children’s lives.

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 4:02pm

Hazle Hamilton, the Executive Vice President at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, shares how the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program has been an important resource for the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 3:26pm

I find myself at the Council on Foundations after eight years of leading a growing Community Foundation because I believe in this institution. I believe it is an intersection between the broad philanthropic sector and an extremely localized community focus. I believe in community place-based initiatives, and I adamantly defend our role as endowment builders for our communities. It is the single-greatest offering we provide our donors, nonprofits, and communities—a lasting vehicle to change the world, at least or little corner of it.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 8:30am

When my grandparents, Sam and Helen Walton, set the course for our family’s philanthropic vision in the late 1980s, they set out to make lasting change by empowering individuals. My grandfather often said there is no limit to what can be accomplished when people are given opportunity and incentive, and my grandmother reinforced that giving back was the most important undertaking our family could do together.

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 3:04pm

Historically, community foundations have worked to create change by making grants to local nonprofits, advocacy groups, and other organizations. But a new breed of funders is showing how, by serving in yet another role, they can foster change that is more comprehensive, more responsive to residents’ needs, and, hopefully, more enduring. This role involves reaching into the very roots of the community to its people, and empowering them.