Council Events

Past Events

The Council on Foundations and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy co-hosted a webinar for funders to discuss how to address recovery needs from the devastating Gulf Coast flooding.

This webinar, held in collaboration with Iowa Council of Foundations, covered the tricky legal issues around donor control.

This is your chance to hear a preview of the deep dive to come on grantmaking for economic development at the upcoming Endowment and Finance Summit in September.

This webinar discusses the importance of building relationships with elected officials and shares more about the Council's work to ensure the voice of philanthropy is heard during this elections process.

How can your foundation ensure that funding requests are meaningful and contain clear outcomes? Are incoming grant proposals in alignment with community vital signs and needs assessments? How can the grant application process lead to this end? Sharpen your own grantmaking application process with new insights to fund even more with your limited grant dollars.    

Sharing knowledge with stakeholders is an important part of many nonprofit programs, but what does this look like? To answer this question, the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation and NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network surveyed nonprofits and foundations to understand the most common online learning strategies organizations are using to train their employees, volunteers, and beneficiaries. This webinar provides an early look at the insights gained from the survey and participants can discover how their organization aligns with others in the sector. Find out more about the latest innovations in technology-based learning and get actionable tips you can put to use in your organization today.

Interested in taking an important step towards foundation financial management excellence? Learn actionable strategies your foundation can use to engage diverse asset managers.

As a Community Foundation, you are the expert on building endowments, but imagine what 10 nonprofit professionals or volunteers working on endowment growth could mean to you. If you want to multiply your efforts, partner with your nonprofits in being successful endowment builders. To help community foundations leverage nonprofit partners as successful endowment builders, the Council is partnering with Helen Monroe of Endowment Development Institute (EDI) to host a webinar exploring this endowment building strategy. During the webinar, participants will learn how best to leverage nonprofit partners, hear a few case studies of success, and learn about a new resource, Endowment Building Made Easy.

This webinar featured speakers from the White House who shared information regarding the the ConnectALL Initiative and the role philanthropy can play to advance the importance of broadband access for millions of Americans currently without.

Modern life is full of data—a lot of data. Sometimes it feels simply overwhelming. And that’s especially true in the philanthropic sector. It can feel like our work is simply an endless string of profiles, templates, accounts, applications, and reports. If we aren’t thoughtful about it, the flow of data in philanthropy could be a barrier to effectiveness instead of a way to amplify our impact. Data standards offer part of the solution, a way to bring order to the flow of data. In the last few years, several core standards have emerged, including eGrant, the BRIDGE ID, and GuideStar for Grant Applications. These standards will, we believe, become a part of the underlying flow of data in philanthropy.

Experts discuss both the new domestic charity and foreign NGO laws in China and their likely impacts on US foundations working in China.

The Council on Foundations and Mission Investors Exchange held a special edition of our Legal Lunch series where we discussed the impact and importance of new regulations on Program Related Investments.

Storytelling is a powerful way to broadly engage a community and hear from voices that often go unheard. Hear how storytelling has brought residents together, bridged long-standing divides, and ultimately helped community foundations make positive, lasting, and meaningful impact. This free, 60-minute conversation is co-sponsored by Council on Foundations and Orton Family Foundation and focuses on storytelling in the Community Heart & Soul™ method of community development.

This Quarterly Member Update focuses on two major bodies of work. During the first portion of the update, conversation will focus on the Council’s public policy Guideposts, which are the framework for our policy work. These Guideposts have informed the development of the 2016 Philanthropy Platform, and are previewed during the discussion. The second half of the discussion is a preview of programming for the 2016 Annual Conference. This year’s focus on The Future of Community will provide the field with a forward-looking view of the issues that will shape our work for years to come.

Attending Foundations on the Hill in April? Curious about how the fast-paced, animated, and often complex political environment can trickle down to influence your work? Wondering about whether tax reform will ever happen and, when it does, how these changes will impact philanthropy? During this webinar, you will hear how current debates here in our nation’s capital affect the work you do in your community. Experts discuss how what's happening on Capitol Hill could impact foundations, along with what is and is not on the radar screen of policymakers in Washington.

Hosted in partnership with GuideStar, this webinar will discuss the various ways data standards are already improving the grantmaking process for both funders and grantees. Conversation will also address how foundations can participate in these initiatives and promote a better information system for the sector.

Last time, Winter Storm Jonas launched a furious blitz and knocked us off our game. But after a brief huddle, we're back to the line of scrimmage for the first Legal Lunch Series of 2016. Attorneys Suzanne Friday and Bryan Del Rosario will team up to tackle several legal issues that your organization is or may experience. Take a timeout and join us Thursday, February 11 at 1 PM EST.

Before you engage with policymakers, it is important to have a solid understanding of the legal rules that apply. This webinar covers the fundamentals of how, when, and to what extent different types of foundations can engage with policymakers, their staff, or candidates running for public office. Through dynamic hypotheticals, speakers discuss what advocacy activity you as a foundation can do, what your staff can do, and what your grantees may do with your support.

In partnership with Guidestar, this webinar features Council on Foundations attorneys Suzanne Friday and Bryan Del Rosario as they review some fundamental issues associated with board governance. Topics include: 1) board structure (size and composition); 2) the role of committees and the board’s ability to delegate; and 3) the necessary policies and procedures every board should adopt. The value of diversity in foundation boards are also be discussed.

Investors are facing one of the worst starts to a calendar year on record. Volatility in China, rising interest rates in the US, and falling oil prices have all contributed to the markets’ unease. The ongoing correction has seen stock prices tumble more than 10% from their most recent peak, and many are wondering if 2016 will have more drops in store. At the same time, many experts believe that the US economy remains fundamentally strong and that recent turbulence could pass.

The Council policy and legal staff answered FAQs and other questions about the IRA Charitable Rollover.

As we approach the end of the year, join Council Leadership as we take a look back at some highlights from 2015 and take a look forward at what’s on the horizon for 2016. Discussion will cover the multiple ways in which the Council has fostered community among philanthropic leadership and how our members have played an integral role in building community within their own neighborhoods.

This webinar will provide an overview of the new National Resource Network (NRN) and explore how place-based foundations can bring these resources to Mayors and local governments. The NRN is a new partner consortium, funded by a $10 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, that helps cities comprehensively tackle their toughest economic challenges. Hear how you can bring experts from NRN to assist local leaders to identify practical solutions, adopt best practices, and build the strategic partnerships needed to marshal public and private sector resources for economic growth and prosperity for all. The NRN works closely with HUD and the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities.

Join the Council for a quick 30-minute update on end-of-year congressional activity that will impact your work. Hear the latest on the state of play from our seasoned Capitol Hill consultants, and learn how you can take action on the charitable “tax extenders,” including the IRA Charitable Rollover, through our 5 Minutes for Philanthropy advocacy campaign.

Council legal pilgrims Suzanne Friday and Bryan Del Rosario cordially invite you to an autumn harvest celebration: Part 2 of the 4 planned "Legal Lunch" webinars on Thursday, November 19 at 2 PM EST.