Council Events

Past Events

Led by Suzanne Friday, Counsel for the Council on Foundations, this workshop is flexibly organized to ensure that your broad legal questions for administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities are addressed.

Join the Council on Foundations for a conversation with your peers about the ways in which foundations can transcend the current climate of partisan stalemate and work to make our democratic processes more fair, open, and representative.

Join the Council on Foundations and our partners to spend an interactive day discussing grantmaking into Latin America, focused on the power and potential of collaborations in order to Lead Together and join a network of active grantmakers in the region.

We will highlight nationally relevant programming while providing attendees an opportunity to see firsthand the challenges created by a broken immigration system.

Enjoy a day rich in new experiences and ideas — where you will be challenged to think more deeply, entertain new perspectives, and ultimately dig into potential new narratives for rural America. We will create an environment to spur your thinking about existing assets in new ways, new assets that are needed, ways to turn assets into opportunities, and importantly, how to better engage citizens toward new narratives for economic and social prosperity.

Learn best practices, inclusive strategies and investment opportunities geared to address racial economic inequalities.

Much has been said about diversity, equity and inclusion within the philanthropic sector. Diverse talent pools, equitable grantmaking processes and inclusive workplaces are all things for which we are striving. What benefit, if any, does a diverse talent pool bring to an organization? Does a lack of diversity within and organization’s talent pool translate to a less effective organization?

Join the Philanthropy Caucus for a social reception to conclude Foundations on the Hill. Network with representatives from a variety of charitable foundations and organizations, lawmakers, and Congressional staff in an event to recognize the role of philanthropy as a unique stakeholder in collective efforts to address some of today's toughest challenges.

Convening centered on an opinion piece written by Kevin Murphy, President, Berks County Community Foundation during his 2016 tenure as Foundation Leader in Residence at the Council on Foundations, this interactive group discussion will focus on the rationale of asset growth, disruptions to the community foundation business model, and how changes in the local financial services field may force some fundamental changes on community foundations.

The Council on Foundations, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and SDG Philanthropy Platform are excited to co-host a meeting in the Twin Cities on March 9, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across Minnesota supports the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Convening centered on an opinion piece written by Kevin Murphy, President, Berks County Community Foundation during his 2016 tenure as Foundation Leader in Residence at the Council on Foundations, this interactive group discussion will focus on the rationale of asset growth, disruptions to the community foundation business model, and how changes in the local financial services field may force some fundamental changes on community foundations.

Convening centered on an opinion piece written by Kevin Murphy, President, Berks County Community Foundation during his 2016 tenure as Foundation Leader in Residence at the Council on Foundations, this interactive group discussion will focus on the rationale of asset growth, disruptions to the community foundation business model, and how changes in the local financial services field may force some fundamental changes on community foundations.

The Council on Foundations, Florida Philanthropic Network, Jessie Ball duPont Fund and SDG Philanthropy Platform are excited to co-host a meeting in Jacksonville at the Jessie Ball duPont Fund on December 6, 2016 to discuss how work already underway across Florida supports the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Leadership attracts assets and each day community foundations are maximizing opportunities in the community for growth and impact. Yet, community foundations are still grappling with ways to prioritize and balance community leadership and donor engagement, as well as how to finance and measure their work inclusive of all organizational investments beyond traditional grantmaking and convening. And, to do this work with even greater speed, sophistication, and coordinated effort across the organization and community.

The Council on Foundations hosted a two day event in State College, PA to convene foundations across the state of Pennsylvania. The conference provided participants with opportunities to network, sharpen their management skills and discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

We are pleased to invite New York City-based funders to join the Council on Foundations, the SDG Philanthropy Platform and Philanthropy New York at the 92nd St. Y on March 18th to discuss how work already underway in New York City supports the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Council on Foundations, Northern California Grantmakers, and SDG Philanthropy Platform are excited to host a meeting in San Francisco on December 15, 2015 to discuss how ongoing work by funders in California supports the newly announced universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Council on Foundations and the SDG Philanthropy Platform are excited to host a meeting in Little Rock on December 10, 2015 to discuss how the work already underway across Arkansas supports the newly announced universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In collaboration with Minnesota Council on Foundations and Briggs & Morgan, national and local experts will provide an introduction to issues that often face corporate foundations and corporate giving programs. The session will cover a variety of topics including self-dealing, conflicts of interest, benefit events/ticket purchases, corporate sponsorships and donor recognition issues. Using real life examples, this session will help you understand how to stay compliant in a variety of situations.

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.

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.

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.

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.