Council Events

Past Events

Charitable giving surged to $410 billion in 2017, the highest ever, according to the latest Giving USA report, but what do the numbers mean for foundations?

This webinar highlights the value of National Standards accreditation for community foundations of all sizes and educates participants about the history and processes behind National Standards, allowing community foundations to take the leap into accreditation with confidence.

Join foundations and philanthropy serving organizations from across the country for a webinar on July 11th at 2pm EST. "Philanthropy's Role in Strengthening Democracy" is co-sponsored by Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, and Nonprofit VOTE.

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 Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for 1.5-hour call to hear from a panel of experts on the border crisis, explore the impact of these policies on families and children, and learn about GCIR’s recommendations on how philanthropy can respond.

Bryan Del Rosario, Staff Counsel of Legal Affairs, discussed the “tipping” issue in IRS Notice 2017-73 as well as ways private foundations can use donor advised funds to advance, enhance and effectuate their charitable missions.

This webinar introduces a new framework for measurement in the social sector. It is a three legged stool: (1) evaluation; (2) monitoring; and (3) feedback from your ultimate beneficiaries.

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.

Taught by the Fund Evaluation Group, this webinar explores some of the issues in crafting and developing an investment strategy.

Henry Timms, co-author of the book New Power, will discuss a practical framework for understanding how power is shifting in our society and how to navigate today and in the future.

This month’s Lunch with Legal Counsel with Suzanne Friday focused on issues for corporate philanthropy, and motivations for corporate giving.

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.

Learn about the changing incentives and barriers that individuals and organizations face when donating to social causes and organizations globally, as well as diving deep into the changing philanthropic environment in Hungary, Nigeria, and Venezuela.

Focused on academic research, experience from the field, and insights on the trends as seen from the perspective of social impact strategists on how to interpret the noise around evolving technologies and focus on real strategies that benefit community foundations and the communities they serve.

Council attorney Bryan Del Rosario and host Brad Ward will review (and answer) the top 10 questions posed during our recent Legal Matters workshop held in Dallas on April 2nd.

Excellence in Public-Philanthropic Partnerships Exchange's first interactive learning opportunity: a panel via phone call with a former Secretary's Awards Winner.

Explore how state proposals to get around the federal SALT deduction repeal could impact the philanthropic sector and charitable giving.

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 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation in a conversation about grant competitions, how to support other submissions, best practices, and scalability.

Watch this webinar to learn about sections of the Form 990-PF that present potential risks and vulnerabilities, as well as opportunities to better share your institution's work. You will also learn how to turn an examination of your 990-PF into an opportunity for improving internal practice, policy, and how these are communicated.

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 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is front page news in the wake of Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Since its enactment in 1938, FARA has been rarely enforced, but Congress is currently considering six bills to increase its implementation. This online briefing, cosponsored by the Council on Foundations and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), discussed these concerns, recent legislative action in Congress, and possible fixes that would enable stronger enforcement of FARA without the unintended impacts on non-profits.

The Council, in partnership with Atlas Corps and American Express, shared information on the Atlas Corps Fellows Program. Atlas Corps facilitates overseas fellowships for the best of the world's rising leaders. They volunteer for 12-18 months at outstanding organizations (foundations, corporations and nonprofits) addressing social issues and are enrolled in an ongoing training program.

Join the Council’s Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs, Suzanne Friday, as she examines certain provisions of the Tax Reform Act and how those provisions affect philanthropy in general, but more specifically corporate foundations and corporate giving programs. This webinar will also discuss whether lower corporate taxes may mean greater corporate giving, as well as review emerging trends.

The second session in our series on digitalization and the community foundation business model dives into business innovations for community foundations designed to address cybersecurity.