Corporate Philanthropy Update - July 2017

As we make our way through summer, I know a lot of you are beginning to turn your attention to fall and making plans for the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, beginning in September. This can be an effective time to launch new global initiatives, form new partnerships and collaborations, and network with stakeholders relevant to your interest areas.

That said, it can also be a crowded and noisy week that is difficult to navigate. The UN Global Compact recently produced a Business Guide to UN General Assembly Week, which aims to help facilitate private sector coordination during UNGA Week. From now until September, I would expect this list to evolve so check back often if you’re planning to engage. Please let us know if we can help strategize or promote your events during this time.

In addition to participating in various activities that week, the Council is planning several events in partnership with Concordia and the SDG Philanthropy Platform. If you’re interested in learning more, please reach out.

Below are several updates related to our corporate members as well as future opportunities for you to engage with us and your peers in the field.

Grantmaker Salary and Benefits (GSB) Report

The Council's 2016 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits (GSB) Report, the largest and most comprehensive analysis of the philanthropic sector in the United States, is now available online. This year's report offers insight on positions, salary, benefits, and demographics of 1,010 grantmakers, analyzing nearly 10,000 full-time professional and administrative staff members, and is an effective resource to benchmark personnel policies and practices, determine salary levels for new and existing staff, and more. 

We are also now collecting data for our 2017 GSB Survey. In collaboration with our partners at Mission Investors Exchange, we have included an impact investing specific staff position to this year's survey to highlight philanthropy's staffing response to a rapidly growing interest area.

Participation in this survey is highly valued and gives you complimentary access to:

  • Our trend analysis paper and discussion guide on the age, racial, and gender demographic results of the 2016 GSB Survey — Summer 2017
  • Early access to 2017 GSB Salary Tables — September 2017
  • Benchmark Central, the Council's online benchmarking tool, and a special training webinar on how to maximize the platform — October 2017
  • The full 2017 GSB Report — Spring 2018

I’ve heard from many of you that benchmarking information is invaluable to communicating with internal stakeholders, so please don’t miss this opportunity to participate in next year’s report. The deadline to complete the survey is August 4, 2017. To get started, please email research@cof.org with a request to participate.

Legal Webinar Series

On June 29, we held the second installment of our Legal and Tax Compliance for Corporate Grantmakers series. In this webinar, Staff Council Bryan Del Rosario did a deep dive into the rules against self-dealing, where they come from, and what they involve. For those of you who missed it and are interested in viewing, please see recordings for parts one and two and mark your calendars for our third installment of this series on September 13.

In the meantime, feel free to reach out to our legal team with any questions at legal@cof.org.

Look Ahead – 2017 Activities to Attend

Mark your calendar for the third Endowments and Finance Summit, the premier convening to hear expert insights and have in-depth conversations on the best practices and financial strategies to get a competitive advantage in the philanthropic advisory marketplace. This year’s summit will take place in New York City on October 12 and 13. Make sure to register here.

Additional events for you to consider include:

Engage

Our public policy team continues to stay engaged with your members of Congress on various legislative issues that have an impact on philanthropy. Stay informed on issues like the charitable deduction, donor advised funds, private foundation excise tax, and more by subscribing to Washington Snapshot to receive weekly updates on tax reform developments.

Read our most recent blog posts, and please reach out if you wish to author a post.

Connect with your peers by visiting the Philanthropy Exchange.

Stay informed on all things philanthropy by checking out our newsroom.