Fall Update

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This is an incredibly exciting time at the Council on Foundations. We recently wrapped up our Fall Conference for Community Foundations Conference in San Diego, our fourth major conference since I came to the Council. We have launched several major products, such as a study on private foundation investment strategies, a field guide on impact investing, and a strategy toolkit. We also created a series of useful materials for Community Foundation Week that will allow our members to more effectively tell their stories of place-based philanthropy.

The Council continues its vigilant policy work in Washington, D.C. Congress has started the budget conference mandated by the agreement to end the government shutdown and extend the debt ceiling, and the tax writing committees continue to promise that we’ll see at least a draft of comprehensive tax reform legislation before the end of the year. In both cases, we are keenly aware that issues critical to philanthropy and charity could be on the table. The government closure made crystal clear, in communities across the country, what we already knew: philanthropy never shuts down.

We were also proud to announce the appointment of Peter Panepento as vice president of the network. The network team, announced last month, will listen to and engage the Council’s members around common issues of concern, connect members to outside resources across sectors, and —if necessary— build new products and services. We are increasing our capacity to help you find solutions to the challenges you face in advancing your missions.

The work you do is more important than ever before, and we at the Council are honored to continue supporting you.

Vikki Spruill
President and CEO
Council on Foundations

Call for Board Nominations

The Council’s Governance Committee is looking to fill at least three positions on our board of directors with terms starting in June of next year. The committee is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in finance or investments, strategic business development including revenue modeling, and/or technology platforms around community building and membership. Voting members of the Council are invited to submit nominations through November 15. Visit the Call for Board Nominations webpage for details and to submit a nomination.

Meet the Council on Foundations Network Team

Last month, the Council on Foundations announced the first members of its network team, which will facilitate the flow of information and ideas across the philanthropic sector.

This network is solely designed to add value to Council membership by helping members achieve their goals in new and exciting ways. The network team is engaging with, and understanding the needs of, the membership and can be more responsive in the development of tools and activities that help you advance the common good.

Peter Panepento, the Council’s new vice president of the network, will be leading this group of talented professionals. He joins the Council after spending over seven years at the Chronicle of Philanthropy, where he was assistant managing editor.

To reach the network team, please call 1-703-879-0645 or email membership@cof.org.

New Research and Professional Tools

Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Private Foundations 2012
The 2012 CCSF represents the first fruits of collaboration between the Council on Foundations and Commonfund Institute: the most comprehensive annual survey of its kind by two leading authorities on foundation investment practices and governance.

Community Foundations Field Guide to Impact Investing: Reflections from the Field and Resources Moving Forward
The first comprehensive tool of its kind, the Community Foundations Field Guide will assist those looking to begin an impact investing program. It was compiled in conjunction with Mission Investors Exchange and with the support of numerous Community Foundation leaders, including Kathy Merchant of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Stuart Comstock-Gay of the Vermont Community Foundation.

Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: Corporate Practitioner’s Toolkit
The Corporate Practitioner’s Toolkit will help corporate giving practitioners increase the impact of their corporate foundations and philanthropy programs. It provides a framework and resources to support their strategic planning, a platform for internal and external collaborations, and guidance to strengthen the profile and contribution of the corporate philanthropy field by applying the principles in Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: A Practitioners Guide to Leading Corporate Philanthropy.

Community Foundation Centennial Portfolio
This exciting new set of tools helps you connect to the philanthropic field’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the community foundation model and highlights the value community foundations deliver every day in their communities. The portfolio includes a year-long, comprehensive social media plan with posts, customizable infographics, refreshed core community foundation marketing tools, and new material focused on resident engagement. Available for community foundations accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™.


2013 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report (COMING SOON)
This report offers the most comprehensive information available on staff composition and compensation for U.S. foundations. It contains salaries for 34 full-time positions; allows grantmakers to benchmark compensation against their peers by foundation type, asset size, and region; and offers extensive information on benefits policies and practices such as health care premiums by plan type. The 2012 version is available here.

Recent & Upcoming Events

Today: National Standards Conference Call
Wondering whether your community foundation should become accredited with National Standards? Want to know more about the benefits of National Standards? Let’s discuss them during Community Foundation Week. Today, Council on Foundations staff are hosting a call with our community foundation members. We will discuss the benefits of National Standards accreditation and answer questions you have about National Standards and the Council on Foundations.

To join the call or get questions on standards answered, contact Lara Kalwinski.

Today: Webinar on Super Typhoon Haiyan
The Council and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy are bringing together NGOs, funders, government officials, and others interested in hearing from-the-ground reports, learning about the emerging needs, and identifying opportunities to help in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The webinar starts at 2 p.m. EST, please register now.

November 12: Cemefi 25th Anniversary Conference
Yesterday, Vikki Spruill gave remarks at the Mexican Center on Philanthropy (Cemefi) 25th Anniversary Conference. She reflected on Cemefi's contributions, outlined the Council’s approach to global philanthropy, and promoted the value of place-based giving.

November 12-18: CF Week 2013
Launched in 1989 through a proclamation by former president George H.W. Bush, Community Foundation Week honors the place-based change being initiated by the more than 700 community foundations working across the country. The Council will join them the week of November 12-18 to tell the stories of lives changed, jobs created, and communities transformed through philanthropy’s partnership with private and public community leaders and organizations. Click here to see how the Council supports community foundations and to find out how you can take part in CF Week 2013.

November 20: Charitable Giving Coalition’s “Protect Giving – DC Day”
Make your voice heard by participating in the Charitable Giving Coalition's “Protect Giving – DC Day”. It may seem like there’s no progress in Washington these days, but lawmakers continue to debate the issues you care deeply about, including the charitable deduction. We are excited to invite you to join us on November 20, 2013, a one-day opportunity to educate lawmakers and their staff on the importance of the charitable deduction for your work and for the communities you serve. For any questions or to register, contact Brian Horn.

Council Members in the News

Community Foundations: 99 years of inventing a better way, Times-Herald, by Stephanie Wolf

How to Start Your Own College Scholarship, Wall Street Journal, by Anne Tergesen

Latino Philanthropy Push Steps into Ring, San Antonio Express News, by Elaine Ayala

Support Growing for American Indian Artists, Minneapolis Star Tribune,by Neil St. Anthony

La June Montgomery Tabron Named President, CEO of the Kellogg Foundation, Huffington Post, by Rhonesha Byng

Boosting Young Men of Color, Los Angeles Times, by Robert Ross

Give Now Before Congress Changes the Tax Code, Southern Maryland News, by Gretchen Hardman

When Government Shuts Down, the Non-Profit Community Pays, Philanthropy News Digest, by Tim Delaney

Charitable Giving in West Virginia is Growing, The State Journal, by Ann Ali

Foundations and Joint Chiefs Meet on Challenges of Veterans Philanthropy, Non-Profit Quarterly, by Rick Cohen

A Reflection on the Philanthropic Legacy of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Non-Profit Quarterly, by Susan Taylor Batten and Vikki Spruill

Charitable Giving is More Than Just a Tax Deduction, US News and World Report, by Vikki Spruill