Council Events

Past Events

In partnership with North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, we are excited to host an in-person, interactive visioning session in Raleigh. We will explore key questions that will guide the Council on Foundations' work into the future. Join us to help reimagine our vision and value to the field.

A well-trained staff and an informed board are critical to the success of community foundations in our fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and experienced foundation stakeholders build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management.

This call will provide an opportunity for us to listen and learn from you as we explore key questions that will guide our work into the future. Join us to help reimagine our vision and value to the field.

In partnership with the Council of Michigan Foundations, we are excited to host an in-person, interactive visioning session in Detroit. We will explore key questions that will guide the Council on Foundations' work into the future. Join us to help reimagine our vision and value to the field.

Led by Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Ben McDearmon, Law Clerk, this workshop is designed to answer your broad legal questions on administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities.

The Council on Foundations is inviting executive staff of community foundations of various size, scope, and location to glean understanding from diverse viewpoints for an exchange of ideas to Seattle, WA to discuss ways we can strengthen communities across the United States and reinforce the collective effort of learning and growing together as a community foundation field.

With support from the Lumina Foundation, philanthropic and government leaders will come together to raise awareness about the social impact of structural racism while highlighting current efforts to dissolve and resolve racial conflict and disparity. Elected and appointed city, county, and state officials will join philanthropists in a panel discussion to identify how philanthropy and government can take actions that confront and dismantle structural racism.

This monthly call is for community foundations staff to connect with the National Standards staff and to ask questions related to the National Standards program.

Led by Bryan Del Rosario, Staff Counsel for the Council on Foundations, and Lindsay Mason, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, this workshop is organized to ensure common legal questions for administering grants, board governance and charitable giving activities are addressed. Bryan will provide technical and practical understanding of complex rules and regulations impacting corporate and private foundations/giving programs.

This monthly call is for community foundations staff to connect with the National Standards staff and to ask questions related to the National Standards program.

The sixth annual convening of any funders interested in foundation investments that support military veterans and families and lessons learned from post-9/11 community engagement strategies. The continuing challenges and the long term implications of veterans transition are discussed by these funders, and funders' roles in addressing these issues are dug into -- issues such as the impacts of the invisible wounds of war, employment and career pathways, community engagement strategies, and public policy issues driving the government's performance, investments, and services. Generously supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust.

Leading Together 2019 is a gathering of leaders in philanthropy and other influencers in business, government, and academia eager to connect, learn, and share with one another. We take learning and relationships seriously. Talks go deep and connect dots. Connections are welcomed and real.

The Council on Foundations invited executive staff of community foundations for an exchange of ideas to strengthen communities across the United States. As a field, we need come together to discuss the current mischaracterization of donor advised funds, and how we can implement strategies for success for all community foundations. This roundtable took place in Miami, FL.

A well-trained staff and an informed board are critical to the success of community foundations in our fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and experienced foundation stakeholders build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management.

In this month’s “Lunch with Legal Counsel” webinar, Bryan Del Rosario will tackle fiscal sponsorship and how to go about it successfully.

This monthly call is for community foundations staff to connect with the National Standards staff and to ask questions related to the National Standards program.

Explore the critical learning journey for community foundation professionals in today's context of offerings and identify what you need to know.

The Council on Foundations is inviting executive staff of community foundations for an exchange of ideas to strengthen communities across the United States. As a field, we need come together to discuss the current mischaracterization of donor advised funds, and how we can implement strategies for success for all community foundations. This roundtable will take place in Tuscon, AZ.

Continue the discussion on scholarships with Ben McDearmon as he discusses community foundation scholarship programs and questions about them frequently asked of the Council's Legal Team.

This monthly call is for community foundations staff to connect with the National Standards staff and to ask questions related to the National Standards program.

Led by Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs for the Council on Foundations, and Lindsay Mason, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, this workshop is organized to ensure common legal questions for administering grants, board governance and charitable giving activities are addressed. Suzanne will provide technical and practical understanding of complex rules and regulations impacting private and corporate foundation/giving programs.

What are post-graduation scholarships and how can foundations and their communities benefit from them?

The goal of his conversation is for community foundation leaders to explore their role in helping leaders, regardless of sector, build the collaborative capacity they need to address community-wide challenges and opportunities.

Hear how the Homeless Persons Representation Project in Baltimore serves clients experiencing homelessness—including veterans and youth in Baltimore and across the state, and learn about their role in informing national efforts with the American Bar Association, Equal Justice Works and federal partners to “cover the map” with legal services for vulnerable populations by promoting best practices that produce tangible results.

Attorney Bryan Del Rosario discusses the prohibitions on engaging in self-dealing. In particular, Bryan tackles issues such as who gets the credit (company or foundation) when a gift is made; decisions regarding use of a foundation’s resources, whether a foundation must not advertise or promote the goods or services of its corporate sponsor, and much more.