Council Events

Past Events

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 majority of community foundations in the U.S. are accredited via the National Standards program, highlighting each’s accountability, integrity, and overall commitment to excellence in community philanthropy. However, with a relatively high turnover rate among community foundation staff, keeping up with the changes to the National Standards program can be difficult. This webinar is intended to highlight the recent changes in the accreditation program and answer frequently asked questions to allow community foundation staff to move through the process with confidence and ease.

Join Council on Foundations senior vice president for government relations Hadar Susskind and other staff for a call to discuss the House and Senate tax reform bills as well as the outlook for the legislation and its implications for the sector.

Increasingly, community foundations are thinking more broadly about how to support systemic change in local communities. On this call, you’ll hear how three foundations are investing in long-term transformation using Community Heart & Soul®, the Orton Family Foundation’s community development model.

Continuing this fall, the Council on Foundations is launching its fourth quarter of the webinar series focused on legal issues facing foundations. This month is focused on community foundations and preparing for year-end.

Every year, billions of dollars are distributed in response to disasters and humanitarian crises. How much of this comes from foundations? What are other sources of funding? How much funding addresses long-term recovery and disaster risk reduction, in addition to emergency response and immediate relief?

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.

For philanthropy, the year 2017 has brought a number of issues to the forefront: tax reform has moved to center stage on Capitol Hill; proposals for massive government budget cuts have turned eyes towards philanthropy to fill the gap; and recent incidents like Charlottesville, Va. and the Texas flooding have reminded the sector once again that communities need philanthropy’s engagement now more than ever before. In the final Council Member Update for 2017, Council on Foundations president and CEO Vikki Spruill will discuss the year’s landscape, the challenges and opportunities seen by philanthropy and the initiatives the Council has on the horizon to amplify and strengthen the work of the sector. She will be joined on the call by senior vice president for government relations, Hadar Susskind, who will speak to the Council’s efforts to advocate on behalf of the sector, as he provides a policy update around the various tax reform efforts underway.

This webinar will update Council members on the status of the President's 2018 Federal Budget, Congressional appropriations actions to date, and what the likely impacts will be on nonprofits and the social safety net as Congress continues its effort to arrive at a final budget.

The Council on Foundations is pleased to host an informational call to share more information about this program for funders with a representative from NTIA’s BroadbandUSA program, which will be offering technical assistance to the ConnectHome communities.

Join a webinar with leaders of the community foundations and disaster response experts to hear how they're doing, what they know so far, and what kind of support is most helpful at this stage of the emergency.

This webinar focuses on private foundations and the issues of self-dealing.

This call is to update interested funders on the current status of unmet rescue and recovery needs identified by the community foundations and FEMA teams on the ground in the U.S. Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and elsewhere, and the national debate they have engendered about the ways our collective past is represented in our culture and public spaces, create both a unique opportunity and compelling responsibility for leading organizations in our country. We believe now is the time to come together to carry the national narrative beyond Confederate heritage, make a bold commitment to celebrating the many overlooked contributions of the African American community, and make an important and lasting contribution to the cultural landscape of our country.

Building off the Council’s HR Summit, this webinar will address the topic of bias and its impact on the performance management process. Removing subjectivity from performance management is near impossible given the universality of unconscious bias. This raises the question, are there even ways to minimize bias within your own performance management process? Allyson Dylan Robinson, Senior Consultant at Cook Ross, will share information on the types of bias associated with performance management and tips for mitigating these. Please note that attendance at the 2017 HR Summit is not a prerequisite for participating in this webinar.

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.