RE: Philanthropy Blog

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 2:40pm

On December 20, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the first recipient of our 100&Change competition’s $100 million grant: an early childhood intervention for children in the Syrian refugee region co-developed by Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee. The Sesame/IRC project was selected over an initial field of more than 1,900 applicants through a multi-stage process that eventually identified four finalists.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm

Following upon the first-ever North American Community Foundations Summit held in Mexico City February, we invited nine travel scholarship recipients who attended to write about their experiences and observations. This is the second compilation of blogs in that series.

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 4:00am

This month, work on public policy that impacts philanthropy has been a large focus across the Council. Most relevant to global grantmakers, I’ve been working with partners on the US Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). There are more than seven bills currently proposed in the House and Senate that will impact FARA, which could have significant impacts on US foundations working with global partners.

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

As you read this, I’ve landed on the beautiful island of St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to engage with community foundations, our federal partners, FEMA, and other associations to discuss how philanthropy helps this U.S. territory, as well as Puerto Rico, continue its recovery from the devastating hurricanes back in September.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 11:30am

As part of the North American Community Foundations Summit, we were joined by nine travel scholarship recipients who represented diverse U.S. communities. This compilation of blogs is part of a series in which they share their experiences and observations.

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm

Earlier this week, we held a webinar on tax reform and its effect on corporate foundations, an area that many corporate members have asked about since the beginning of the year. During the webinar, the Council’s Senior Counsel, Suzanne Friday, discussed a range of issues, including a provision that was recently passed in connection with the federal budget and now provides an important exception to the excess business holding rule for private foundations.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:20am

When I first learned of the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways program, I wasn’t sure whether I should apply. I was interested by the programs’ goal to increase the number of people of color in senior and executive positions in philanthropy and to thereby deepen capacity for impact in the field, but facing a looming deadline made me think it’d be best to wait until next year.

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:10pm

Last week in Mexico City, the Council co-hosted the first ever North American Community Foundations Summit, which brought together more than 200 leaders to discuss how we can truly leave no one behind and achieve the SDGs in North America by 2030.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 9:54am

Philanthropy, at large, is a burgeoning variety of strategies for community innovation, investment, and a true love for people and the world we live in.

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:00am

I am deeply impressed by the relationships built in our field, sometimes from just one simple interaction at a Council event.