Council Events

Past Events

Connect with community foundation peers to learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This group of community foundations meets monthly by Zoom to discuss SDG hot topics including education, local implementation, community alignment and communication, professional development, data, grantmaking, and more. This community is primarily focused on expanding the SDGs in the United States through community foundation action, but all nationalities are welcome.

Please join us for an important conversation about the climate movement and systemic racism in the United States. We often hear that “durable” US climate policy requires bipartisan buy-in and agreement, but durable policy also requires a movement that can maintain and enhance a functioning democracy. Yet, we also need "meaningful" climate policy, and that will require people power.

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.

Join the Council on Foundations to discuss our recently published white paper, which dives into the challenges facing the sector as foundations work to develop solutions that meet their needs. You’ll hear suggestions, recommendations, and next steps from our team and leaders in the field.

Join the Council and CEONet as we convene CEOs and Executive Directors of community foundations for a virtual roundtable.

Join the Council and CEONet as we convene CEOs and Executive Directors of community foundations for a virtual roundtable.

COVID-19 is leaving a long tail of psycho-social impacts from the variety of losses that people have experienced during the pandemic such as death, illness, housing and job insecurity, and absence of in-person treatment. Policymakers and funders need a sustained and intentional strategy to address these challenges as part of a holistic post-pandemic recovery.

Join Commonfund Institute and the Council on Foundations for a discussion of the results from the newly released 2020 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations® (CCSF).

An M7.2 earthquake struck southwest Haiti on Aug. 14, leaving hundreds dead and causing widespread devastation, and Tropical Storm Grace is expected to pass over Haiti on Monday, Aug. 16, bringing heavy rains and strong winds. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is hosting a webinar to look at the impact of the earthquake and tropical storm. Speakers will share the latest information, including critical needs and gaps, and provide concrete takeaways for funders to effectively support relief and recovery efforts now underway.

Connect with community foundation peers to learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This group of community foundations meets monthly by Zoom to discuss SDG hot topics including education, local implementation, community alignment and communication, professional development, data, grantmaking, and more. This community is primarily focused on expanding the SDGs in the United States through community foundation action, but all nationalities are welcome.

As organizations continue COVID-19 response efforts, HR leaders in philanthropy are thoughtfully introducing innovative practices about returning to work, while coping with new and complex challenges. Join the Council and CHANGE Philanthropy for a facilitated, small-group dialogue to explore the implications of a returning workforce to the office.

Native Americans are a richly diverse and growing population, but as an ethnicity, they are disproportionately affected by disasters. This reality is true for those who live on reservations and in urban areas. And yet, Native Americans are greatly underfunded by philanthropy: From 2002 to 2016, large U.S. foundations gave, on average, 0.4% of total annual giving explicitly for Native American communities and causes

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the consequences of siloed philanthropy and the imperative to accelerate intersectional, multi-level work, with particular attention to integrating the HIV and COVID-19 responses with racial justice efforts in the U.S.

In response to the racial reckoning in 2020, foundations have sought many perspectives to learn how they can support racial justice, shift power, and more effectively engage communities in grantmaking decisions. Moving beyond the basic practices that many foundations are already incorporating, this workshop will examine how foundations can incorporate a racial equity perspective in their overall strategy setting and implementation planning at both the institutional level and the programmatic level.

Developed out of a trending conversation on the Philanthropy Exchange (PhilEx), the Council invites you to join a peer-led discussion around accepting cryptocurrency gifts.

Join the Council and CEONet as we convene CEOs and Executive Directors of community foundations for a virtual roundtable.

Racism is ever-present in our society, but for those who are not Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), it is sometimes easy to brush it aside. However, disasters lay bare the inequities that exist in societies around the world.

Many foundations are exploring potential new programs in response to the pandemic, racial reckoning, and threats to our democracy, among many other challenges. This workshop will introduce a structured, efficient process that foundations can use to quickly learn ‘the lay of the land’ in potential new spaces and identify how they can complement – and learn from – the efforts of others as they seek to generate meaningful, measurable impact.

Hear what three funders are doing to foster the needed partnerships with trusted community organizations and/or government health agencies responsible for vaccine distribution. Learn about philanthropic responses being undertaken to tackle the issues of vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. This discussion will provide an opportunity for attendees to share what they are doing to promote vaccine education and outreach, particularly to communities of color.

Upcoming Events

Developed out of a trending conversation on the Philanthropy Exchange (PhilEx), the Council invites you to join a peer-led discussion of how foundations are approaching COVID-19 vaccine policies in their return-to-office planning.

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.

Connect with community foundation peers to learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This group of community foundations meets monthly by Zoom to discuss SDG hot topics including education, local implementation, community alignment and communication, professional development, data, grantmaking, and more. This community is primarily focused on expanding the SDGs in the United States through community foundation action, but all nationalities are welcome.

Council Legal Office Hours for Corporate Foundations & Giving Programs opens the conversation between funders and Council attorney Ben McDearmon to engage in a Q&A discussion around emerging legal questions.

Join us for the Council's Annual Member Meeting. The Member Meeting will start with keynote remarks from the to-be-announced winner of the Distinguished Service Award, and conclude with a Member Meeting where Kathleen Enright, Council President & CEO, will share the State of the Council and members will vote on the new additions to the Board of Directors.

Council Legal Office Hours for Community Foundations opens the conversation between funders and Council attorneys, Ben McDearmon, to engage in a Q&A discussion to address emerging legal questions.