Council Events

Past Events

Building and nurturing relationships with your lawmakers is important because it provides the opportunity to share with them the meaningful work you are doing in their communities. As commentators, academics, and even some policymakers express skepticism about philanthropy, it is imperative for all of us to demonstrate the impact of philanthropy and convey its value in the lives of their constituents. In preparation for August recess, this webinar offered insight for strategically engaging with your Members of Congress—including a refreshed edition of the Advocacy Toolkit.

Governments, multinationals, businesses, and individuals are increasingly organizing to take action in response to climate change. Foundations can play an active role in this growing movement. View this webinar to hear from leaders in the Divest/Invest Movement about how you can take part.

July 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This groundbreaking legislation provided an important keystone in America's commitment to civil rights. Despite 25 years of progress, people with disabilities still have higher poverty rates, lower employment, and poorer educational outcomes than those without disabilities. During this webinar, the Kessler Foundation and University of NH researchers reviewed what they learned from their survey of 3,000 people with disabilities who shared their workplace experiences. The learning from this National Employment and Disability Survey can provide new information and valuable insights to inform foundations' diversity and inclusion strategies for their own workplaces and for grantmaking.

On Thursday, July 16, Council Attorneys, Suzanne Friday and Bryan Del Rosario, kicked off the inaugural quarterly series, “Legal Lunch” webinar to over 30 member participants. The topics the two discussed ranged from a grantmaker’s reporting and withholding obligations related to scholarships, the legal requirements of grants to a private foundation from another private foundation, DAF grants and the public support test and explaining the intricacies of private operating foundations. Additionally, past Trending in Legal Affairs posts were highlighted.

This webinar discussed the role of a funder relative to the local community when working in place, and addressed additional challenges when initiating a place-based initiative. The webinar included lessons learned from The Aspen Institute and Neighborhood Funders Group’s Towards a Better Place Conference including how others have dealt with the various challenges involved in place-based grantmaking, and advice from the field on how to improve upon current practices.

This teleconference provided an overview for foundations on policy developments in Mexico that are impacting the flow of U.S. philanthropy into the country. On the call, expert speakers delved into the implications for philanthropy of a new anti-money laundering law, changes to the Mexican tax code, and the consequences of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement for U.S.-based foundations doing work in Mexico. Foundation leaders joined the call to explain how this regulatory environment has impacted their grantmaking in Mexico, and how they navigate it successfully. The call also highlighted a range of new resources on grantmaking in Mexico.

Access to legal services can be essential to addressing your community's needs including domestic abuse, homelessness, and Veterans services. Thinking through the types of legal services, the distinction between civil and criminal legal aid, and how to evaluate these services can be overwhelming. This webinar offers foundation staff and board members funding strategies for tackling community issues by investing in civil legal services.

Join Council member peers in Oregon for an informative learning forum with Dr. Gina Nikkel, President and CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. Gina will talk briefly about how mental health challenges impact many of your foundation projects such as homelessness, veterans' issues, and education.

This webinar covers how to post, search the libraries, and find other members. It's an easy way to get to know this new platform and learn all the great things it has to offer.

On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rattled Nepal. About two weeks later, a second earthquake occurred in a nearby area that overlapped parts of the first disaster. The combined disasters killed more than 8,500 people and injured more than 18,000. During this webinar, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy covered the current status of things in Nepal, how the needs have developed in the first two months, and what actions donors should take moving forward.

Having access to good data is a key piece of effective foundation management, but in a data-filled world, knowing how and when to use the information can be daunting. The Council’s Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report has long been a trusted and comprehensive resource for foundations that need to determine appropriate compensation, employee benefits, and staffing levels, decisions which have important legal, financial, and strategic implications for any organization. This webinar will provide both experienced and novice users of the report with information about how the data should (and shouldn’t) be used, valuable insights from the report's findings, and a roadmap for getting the most out of the data for your foundation.

Over the past week, the Council has received many inquiries from foundations concerned about how a new draft Chinese law would impact grantmaking in China. In response to this feedback, the Council, in partnership with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is hosting a conference call to discuss the implications of this law for overseas funders and NGOs doing work within the country.

Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, this learning forum features guest speaker Tiziana Dearing, Associate Professor of Macro Practice at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Tiziana is the former CEO of Boston Rising, a place-based, anti-poverty, public foundation that aimed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by replicating the Robin Hood Foundation and Harlem Children Zone’s models in Grove Hall, a Boston neighborhood inundated with poverty and crime.

This learning forum, co-hosted by the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, the Council on Foundations, and the Southeastern Council of Foundations, will bring together a select group of staff and trustees from family and private foundations, family offices, community foundations, health foundations, advisors and other thought leaders in the field. We will take up a roundtable discussion on philanthropic investing for place-based impact in the Southeast.

Council on Foundations is hosting this webinar in partnership with Council of Michigan Foundations for community foundations in Michigan. Have you ever wondered who is reviewing your National Standards submission and what are they looking for? This webinar will bring your community foundation staff together with National Standards Director and a peer reviewer to discuss what passes National Standards. In addition, the National Standards Director will share the most common issues with a National Standards submission and how to avoid them.

Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, this day-long convening of the veterans philanthropy community builds on the historic pledges in 2014 of more than $200 million by grantmakers to support programs for service members, veterans and their families. Attendees will include Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge national grantmakers, veterans funders, nonprofit grantees, federal agency officials, veterans and military family members. It marks the first anniversary of the Impact Pledge initiative catalyzed last year by the Council’s members, Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Council on Foundations hosted a webinar to discuss the needs and donor opportunities in Nepal.

Join Council staff members, Kim Bluitt, Member Relations Director, Pacific, Allison Carney, Community Manager, and your peers in the Southern California area for peer networking and conversation on the benefits of Council membership.

The philanthropic community is coming together to address some of today's toughest challenges. The Council on Foundations' Annual Meeting brings together global leaders from across philanthropy to develop the ideas and strategies that will shape the future.

A well-trained staff and a well-informed board are crucial to community foundation success in a fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and experienced foundation stakeholders build essential skills they need.

One of the simplest steps a foundation can take to leverage its assets in service of its mission is to invest cash locally through community-based financing. Community banking increases access to capital for low-income borrowers and businesses. Cash deposits of $250,000 or less in community financial institutions, credit unions, and regional banks are low-risk FDIC-insured investments that can further a foundation's philanthropic mission while offering competitive rates of return.

This convening, co-hosted by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Council on Foundations and the Southeastern Council of Foundations, will bring together foundation leaders and stakeholders to continue exploring ways to create equitable opportunities for boys and men of color.

Presented in collaboration with Mission Investors Exchange, this webinar will preview some of the impact investing conversations at the Council's 2015 Annual Meeting.

The Council on Foundations is excited to partner with Village Capital, an organization that supports entrepreneurs seeking a positive benefit to society, on "Education Impact Day", a day-long series of events in Washington, DC on April 1.

This learning forum featured guest speaker Tiziana Dearing, Associate Professor of Macro Practice at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Tiziana is the former CEO of Boston Rising, a place-based, anti-poverty, public foundation that aimed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by replicating the Robin Hood Foundation and Harlem Children Zone’s models in Grove Hall, a Boston neighborhood inundated with poverty and crime.