RE: Philanthropy Blog

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:00pm

For five years, I have been fortunate to work for a foundation that has implemented continuous learning and commitment into its core values. In holding to these core values, our CEO is committed to intentionally seeking out opportunities for her team to learn and develop. In October 2016, she and our Senior Director of Talent and Organizational Development informed me of the Career Pathways program.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:55pm

I work in a small three-person office/private foundation in Queens, New York City. When my boss forwarded me the Career Pathways application last fall, my intent behind my application was to expand my network, reflect on my skills and experience in the sector over the past decade, and connect with colleagues who shared my commitment to the values of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 9:00am

As the nation observes National Hispanic Heritage Month now through October 15, we recognize the histories, cultures, and accomplishments of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, the Caribbean, and the Americas.

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 1:24pm

Tax practitioners love “safe harbors” or specific guidelines that can be followed to ensure a taxpayer or exempt organization is in compliance with applicable tax law. For charitable organizations making grants internationally, September 14, 2017 was a good day because the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2017-53 updating previous guidance on foreign public charity equivalency determinations (“EDs”) and giving us several preferred practices related to the preparation and issuance of EDs.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 3:30pm

Zero, in the context of a healthy world, is the most ambitious number of all. If the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were about making progress to achieve a healthy planet and people, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are about getting to zero, or as close to it as possible. The Global Goals agenda is about creating a world where no one goes hungry, no family lives in extreme poverty, no mother or child dies from preventable causes – and then keeping it that way.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 3:00pm

It has been an eventful month with back to back hurricanes causing extensive damage in Florida,Texas, and the Caribbean. The Council has been in contact with community foundations in the affected areas to offer our thoughts and has set up some valuable resources which I am sharing in this issue. Also, this month you will find an array of exciting updates for this fall and a look ahead to what is in store in 2018 to help you plan learning opportunities, networking events, and gain new experiences to enrich the community foundation field. In addition, please find below quick tips and links associated with National Standards for the most commonly asked questions.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 1:37pm

Government, charities, and businesses are stepping up to respond to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose. In the last week, a flood of new or updated resources were released just in time for National Preparedness Month. Here are some that the Council on Foundations is using to work with our members.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 3:45pm

In 2016, women represented over three-quarters of foundation staff in the US but among the largest grantmakers,fewer than half of foundation CEOs were women. In the same year, racial and ethnic minorities made up only 10 per cent of foundation CEOs. Given these statistics alongside current political and social discourse on race and inequality in the US, American philanthropy is increasingly focusing on the themes of diversity, equity and inclusion – known in a sector addicted to abbreviations as ‘DEI’.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 9:50am

When people think of the myriad of partnerships in which the Council engages, the Legal Team may not come first to mind. But the fact of the matter is, the Legal Team regularly engages with other organizations, particularly our regional partners, on behalf of the sector.