Council Events

Past Events

Community foundations can better meet the needs of local students while attracting more donors. Explore one community foundation’s experience in redesigning its scholarship program, as well as insightful findings from a recent report by National College Access Network. The Council's legal counsel will also address legal considerations involved with program changes.

Continuing this fall, the Council on Foundations is launching its fourth quarter of this virtual series focused on legal issues facing foundations. In this webinar, participants will learn how to navigate complicated decisions regarding international grantmaking, specifically how to appropriately apply expenditure responsibility and equivalency determinations when necessary.

Join the Council's government relations team for an important, member-only conversation to discuss the current political landscape in Washington, its implications on tax policy, and the ramifications for philanthropy.

Join us for the second webinar in a series called, “Lunch with Legal Counsel.” Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Council on Foundation reviews and explains IRS Code Section 4944: Taxes on investments which jeopardize charitable purpose and what it means for private foundations.

In this second installment of the Legal and Tax Compliance for Corporate Grantmakers webinar series, participants considered an in-depth review of the rules against self-dealing, where they come from and what they involve. We analyzed a case study, a real life "corporate opportunity" fact pattern received by the Council’s legal team.

This webinar will help our private foundation members understand the rules for how they can participate in public policy advocacy.

Learn about the significance of President Donald Trump’s 2018 Budget. Hear insights from the Council on Foundations government relations firm, Akin Gump, and other national colleagues analyzing the impacts of the federal budget and Appropriations process on States and the non-profit sector.

Broadband is essential for communities – it can mean more robust economic development, more access to health care, stronger and more diverse educational options, and enhanced public safety.

This webinar introduces an approach to investing for community impact as a shared strategic commitment from the different perspectives of the funder and the grantee nonprofit. Our experts offer best practices for high performance, and Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation and the City School each share their journeys towards improving outcomes, clarifying specifically what they had to change to move in this direction.

The Council’s Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs, Suzanne Friday, and Director of Community Philanthropy, Brad Ward, explored funds that come from corporate donors.

Join us as Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Council on Foundation presents "The Private Foundation Minimum Distribution Requirement: The Ins and Outs of Section 4942."

The first Council Member Update of 2017 was on March 1.

A discussion about how the Trump administration's latest immigration decisions are influencing US foundation's internal operations, such as staffing, and ongoing programmatic activities, including grantmaking and advocacy.

This webinar was the first in a series of webinars designed to provide information and education regarding a variety of topics that often challenge corporate foundations and corporate giving programs. It explored the complicated landscape of legal and tax compliance and learn how you can stay compliant while maximizing your impact.

The Council on Foundations and Knight Foundation, which wrote the playbook on best practices for hosting a Giving Day, explored with community foundation leaders how to maximize the opportunity—or, move beyond these intense one-day crowdfunding events.

The Council on Foundation's Public-Philanthropic Partnership Office hosted a webinar with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children and Families (ACF) to help foundations understand the regular programs and goals of the agency.

Explore best practices for raising administrative support with advice from the Council’s Senior Vice President of Membership and Development, Paula Wolferseder Yabar, and guidance offered from Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs

Council CEO Vikki Spruill and special guest speakers analyzed the results of the 2016 election and discussed what it all means for the philanthropic sector.

The Council on Foundations partnered with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy on a special issue of The Foundation Review examining the Future of Community. The issue explores aspects of the relationship between foundations and communities, addressing topics such as the redefinition of community, the effect of evolving demographics, and potential solutions to climate change.

Join the Council on Foundations on Tuesday, October 11, at 12pm ET for a special briefing on work at the Federal level to improve outcomes for children in need. Christine Calpin, Managing Director of Public Policy at Casey Family Programs, will highlight some current opportunities to improve Federal child welfare financing and policy.

The Council on Foundations, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, and a panel of funders and responding disaster relief organizations conducted a webinar on Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts and funding needs. Presented with generous support from The UPS Foundation.

This member update focused principally on important issues related to foundation financial management and endowment performance.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has revised its Recommendation 8 on nonprofits to no longer characterize them as "particularly vulnerable" to terrorist abuse and made important changes to the Interpretive Note to this Recommendation. NPOs are now wondering how their countries will react to these revisions and how they can ensure that national implementation is beneficial to nonprofits and in line with FATF's new risk-based approach.

Promoting economic development is not, by itself, a charitable purpose. Grantmakers seeking to help people and communities achieve economic self-sufficiency must therefore find a connection between a proposed activity and one or more recognized charitable purposes. In this Legal Lunch Series, Suzanne and Bryan will discuss IRS rulings, court cases and activities proposed by members to help explain what is needed in order to make grants for economic development.

This webinar provided members with a detailed understanding of the Overtime Rule directly from the Department of Labor. In addition, the Council’s attorneys explained how the Rule applies to foundations and answered some prevalent questions that have surfaced.