RE: Philanthropy Blog

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 2:45pm

Last year, I attended an event hosted by the New England Impact Investing Initiative (NEIII) for a conversation with Michael McCreless, Senior Director of Strategy and Impact, at Root Capital. At this event, Michael showed us how to use a tool he developed, a simulator, he calls the Efficient Impact Frontier. The efficient impact frontier seeks to provide investors with tools to efficiently balance risk, return, and impact in their portfolios.

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 10:25am

Happy New Year! I am following news out of Davos and reading about new partnerships on critical issues, like MasterCard’s leadership to announce a new partnership on refugees and the new $50 million partnership of companies and foundations, including UBS, to scale technology to improve last-mile healthcare globally. As we kick off a new year, I’m excited to see the leadership role many companies are playing in driving social change, in the U.S. and around the world.

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 3:00pm

Happy New Year! As you start 2018, I’m excited to continue working with you to support your international grantmaking.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 1:40pm

I recently signed on to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, a CEO-driven pledge to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. I strongly urge other sector leaders to do the same. As part of this pledge, more than 300 CEOs, from some of the biggest corporations and organizations in the world, have committed to push for greater diversity and inclusion in their respective workplaces. By taking advantage of such a large swath of the business community, CEO Action hopes to create a lasting legacy of workforce diversity and inclusion.

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:30am

For some parts of the country, 2018 arrived in full force—with an arctic blast of frigid temperatures in the east and torrential mudslides in the west—all while tax reform brings new unknowns to our work.

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 11:30am

Let's all pledge to be resolute about leading and learning together this year. Now, that is a commitment I am willing to make and keep!

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 4:15pm

Season’s greetings from the Global Philanthropy team here at the Council! It finally feels like winter in D.C. and we’ve even had a taste of snow. Across the world, 2017 has been a year of change and transition. As the year ends, I’ve been reflecting on our program’s impact in 2017, especially as we plan for next year. Here are highlights from this year and sneak peeks into projects we are excited about for 2018.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 11:00am

As 2017 comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on how much I’ve learned from you this year. When I transitioned to the role of Director of Community Philanthropy in 2016, from running a community foundation in Indiana, it was extremely important to me that I spoke to community foundation leaders about the present and future needs of our field. My goal was to use what I learned to create a focused learning journey and connections to topics and issues that are important to you.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 11:30am

The Council on Foundations is thrilled to be co-hosting the first-ever North American Community Foundations Summit in Mexico City, February 5-6, 2018. More than 120 community foundation leaders will gather in the capital of Mexico this winter to learn new ways to think globally and act locally — and forge new connections that we are confident will lead to future collaborations.

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 1:40pm

It's insightful to learn how similar your needs and interests are to one another. Many of you expressed interest in learning strategies for cross-sector collaboration and performance management. You wanted to learn more about how the federal budget cuts were going to impact your grantmaking and the communities you serve.