RE: Philanthropy Blog

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 3:30pm

Economic mobility is inextricably linked with economic prosperity and is the common thread that helps to propel communities forward. We believe that continued education around these issues is necessary at both the staff and board levels and this convening is designed for both audiences.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:45am

Over the past several weeks, the Outreach Committee of the Board has had the privilege of hearing from many of you about your hopes and ideas for the Council on Foundations. I’ve personally listened to feedback from members at the Public Policy Summit in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, and at meetings in New Mexico, and I’ve talked with dozens of members and friends of the Council on the phone. Over the next few weeks, our committee members will be taking part in more in-person conversations in Los Angeles, Dayton, Minneapolis and Chicago, and I know there are other gatherings of philanthropic leaders in the works.

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 10:35am

As we consider the road ahead for the Council on Foundations, “leadership” is a word that comes up over and over again. The question is how the Council can continue to serve the broader philanthropic field while also helping to define issues and bring our members together around solutions and approaches. And few areas are more important, and more in need of consistent, thoughtful leadership, than the topic of shaping a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:00am

By now you have heard the news that Vikki Spruill has accepted a position at the New England Aquarium and in June will return to the ocean conservation community, where she has deep roots. The Council appreciates Vikki’s leadership and wishes her well. As we turn to seeking a new leader, we want to hear from you. What are the most pressing issues for the next leader to focus on? What attributes are vital in the next person to head the Council?

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.

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 11:30am

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.

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.

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.

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.