Current Council Initiatives & Programs

Council Programs

Career Pathways

A 12-month leadership program that prepares candidates from diverse backgrounds to compete for and earn positions as philanthropic leaders.


Community Foundation Excellence (CFE)

Developed in conjunction with Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy, these courses help community foundation staff, board members and volunteers master the unique aspects of the community foundation field.

Council Awards

The Council's award programs were established to recognize excellence in philanthropy and honor exemplary leaders for their dedication in uplifting the sector.


Global Philanthropy

The Council is actively working to build connections among U.S. and global foundations that are addressing problems and advancing change around the world.


Impact Investing

The Council is participating in the conversation about unlocking new capital for social good.


Leading Corporate Philanthropy

Corporate philanthropy has an opportunity to redefine the purpose and value for corporate foundations and giving programs.


National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™

Developed in the spirit of accountability, transparency, and continuous self-improvement, National Standards for U.S. Community Foundation are philanthropy's most rigorous standards—evidence that community foundations seek excellence for their communities and donors.

Council Initiatives

Building a More Inclusive Workforce

How can we engage with businesses and public sector officials in identifying strategies that would lead to significant positive impact on the workforce participation of people with disabilities?

HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the Council on Foundations, presents this award emphasizes cross-sector partnerships between the philanthropic and public sectors.

Nonprofit Media

Nonprofit media groups are organizations that seek 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as public charities. These diverse organizations serve a valuable role in educating citizens through in-depth investigative reporting in order to elevate important social topics, particularly at the local level.

Supporting Veterans & Military Families

Over the long term, the Council will be working to solidify a national leadership role for the philanthropic sector in this emergent national priority.


Sustainable Development Goals & Philanthropy

The SDGs provide a framework for foundations to lead together with governments, civil society, and the private sector to create a better world, in the US and around the globe.