Council Events

Past Events

July 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This groundbreaking legislation provided an important keystone in America's commitment to civil rights. Despite 25 years of progress, people with disabilities still have higher poverty rates, lower employment, and poorer educational outcomes than those without disabilities. During this webinar, the Kessler Foundation and University of NH researchers reviewed what they learned from their survey of 3,000 people with disabilities who shared their workplace experiences. The learning from this National Employment and Disability Survey can provide new information and valuable insights to inform foundations' diversity and inclusion strategies for their own workplaces and for grantmaking.

On Thursday, July 16, Council Attorneys, Suzanne Friday and Bryan Del Rosario, kicked off the inaugural quarterly series, “Legal Lunch” webinar to over 30 member participants. The topics the two discussed ranged from a grantmaker’s reporting and withholding obligations related to scholarships, the legal requirements of grants to a private foundation from another private foundation, DAF grants and the public support test and explaining the intricacies of private operating foundations. Additionally, past Trending in Legal Affairs posts were highlighted.

This webinar discussed the role of a funder relative to the local community when working in place, and addressed additional challenges when initiating a place-based initiative. The webinar included lessons learned from The Aspen Institute and Neighborhood Funders Group’s Towards a Better Place Conference including how others have dealt with the various challenges involved in place-based grantmaking, and advice from the field on how to improve upon current practices.

This teleconference provided an overview for foundations on policy developments in Mexico that are impacting the flow of U.S. philanthropy into the country. On the call, expert speakers delved into the implications for philanthropy of a new anti-money laundering law, changes to the Mexican tax code, and the consequences of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement for U.S.-based foundations doing work in Mexico. Foundation leaders joined the call to explain how this regulatory environment has impacted their grantmaking in Mexico, and how they navigate it successfully. The call also highlighted a range of new resources on grantmaking in Mexico.

Access to legal services can be essential to addressing your community's needs including domestic abuse, homelessness, and Veterans services. Thinking through the types of legal services, the distinction between civil and criminal legal aid, and how to evaluate these services can be overwhelming. This webinar offers foundation staff and board members funding strategies for tackling community issues by investing in civil legal services.

This webinar covers how to post, search the libraries, and find other members. It's an easy way to get to know this new platform and learn all the great things it has to offer.

On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rattled Nepal. About two weeks later, a second earthquake occurred in a nearby area that overlapped parts of the first disaster. The combined disasters killed more than 8,500 people and injured more than 18,000. During this webinar, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy covered the current status of things in Nepal, how the needs have developed in the first two months, and what actions donors should take moving forward.

Having access to good data is a key piece of effective foundation management, but in a data-filled world, knowing how and when to use the information can be daunting. The Council’s Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report has long been a trusted and comprehensive resource for foundations that need to determine appropriate compensation, employee benefits, and staffing levels, decisions which have important legal, financial, and strategic implications for any organization. This webinar will provide both experienced and novice users of the report with information about how the data should (and shouldn’t) be used, valuable insights from the report's findings, and a roadmap for getting the most out of the data for your foundation.

Over the past week, the Council has received many inquiries from foundations concerned about how a new draft Chinese law would impact grantmaking in China. In response to this feedback, the Council, in partnership with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is hosting a conference call to discuss the implications of this law for overseas funders and NGOs doing work within the country.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Council on Foundations hosted a webinar to discuss the needs and donor opportunities in Nepal.

One of the simplest steps a foundation can take to leverage its assets in service of its mission is to invest cash locally through community-based financing. Community banking increases access to capital for low-income borrowers and businesses. Cash deposits of $250,000 or less in community financial institutions, credit unions, and regional banks are low-risk FDIC-insured investments that can further a foundation's philanthropic mission while offering competitive rates of return.

Presented in collaboration with Mission Investors Exchange, this webinar will preview some of the impact investing conversations at the Council's 2015 Annual Meeting.

Where you live shouldn’t determine how far you can go in life. The Opportunity Index is the nation’s first tool to holistically measure opportunity in communities. Connecting multiple economic, educational, and civic factors, the Index is a powerful way for states and counties to track and advance opportunity. The webinar included key highlights and trends from the latest data as well as examples of how leaders from the philanthropy, business and non-profit sectors around the country are using it to drive positive change.

Co-sponsored by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and the Council on Foundations, learn more about how to message and communicate strategies around immigrant-related grantmaking.

In anticipation of important upcoming regulatory developments that will impact your global grantmaking, the Council hosted this conversation about cross-border philanthropy with Council members and several non-profit law experts.

Sponsored by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, this webinar explored the scientific realities behind an important policy issue - veterans and access to health care.

Join us to hear more about how you can maximize the Council's network to further enhance your work in the field. Senior leaders from the Council will be present to discuss additional services, initiatives, and updates that have an impact on the larger philanthropic community.

This webinar gave an update on the National Standards program, highlighted the value of National Standards to community foundation, and discussed the revisions that went into effect in January 2015.

This webinar gave a run-down of everything that happened on Election Day 2014.

Communities across the country are experiencing rapid demographic shifts, and foundations that use place-based giving strategies must adapt their grantmaking to recognize these changes. This discussion explores the multiple ways foundations define place-based philanthropy, its potential challenges and advantages, and the various approaches to this work.

Join the Council on Foundations (COF) and Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) on Wednesday, August 27, from 2-3:30 pm ET for a free webinar on this humanitarian crisis and the role funders can play in responding.

This webinar explored a survey the Council on Foundations commissioned from the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy about donor advised funds to community foundations. The survey questions inform the Council, their membership, and the Community Foundation National Standards Board provide a full picture of donor advised funds and their importance to communities nationwide.

Join the Council for a briefing by Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) on Monday, August 11 at 1:00 PM ET, regarding mental health issues faced by Active, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families. While many have focused on resolving mental health issues and improving outcomes for troops and veterans, this webinar will highlight the need for increased awareness of issues confronting military families, including spouses and children.

With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Council is providing a FREE webinar to community foundations that will assist with creating inspirational videos for the #CF100 Video Contest. The webinar is being conducted by Poynter's News University, a nationally acclaimed institution dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders.

As we approach the third anniversary of the March 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, many consider the damage and devastation ‘old news.’ But the recovery from this terrible disaster is far from over, even as assistance, aid, and attention subside. Join the Council and the Environmental Grantmakers Association for an important webinar on January 29, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern that will update the philanthropic community on the recovery from this disaster and outline the lasting environmental damage and effects that continue to face Japan.