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In response to the racial reckoning in 2020, foundations have sought many perspectives to learn how they can support racial justice, shift power, and more effectively engage communities in grantmaking decisions. Moving beyond the basic practices that many foundations are already incorporating, this workshop will examine how foundations can incorporate a racial equity perspective in their overall strategy setting and implementation planning at both the institutional level and the programmatic level.

Developed out of a trending conversation on the Philanthropy Exchange (PhilEx), the Council invites you to join a peer-led discussion around accepting cryptocurrency gifts.

Join the Council and CEONet as we convene CEOs and Executive Directors of community foundations for a virtual roundtable.

Racism is ever-present in our society, but for those who are not Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC), it is sometimes easy to brush it aside. However, disasters lay bare the inequities that exist in societies around the world.

Many foundations are exploring potential new programs in response to the pandemic, racial reckoning, and threats to our democracy, among many other challenges. This workshop will introduce a structured, efficient process that foundations can use to quickly learn ‘the lay of the land’ in potential new spaces and identify how they can complement – and learn from – the efforts of others as they seek to generate meaningful, measurable impact.

Hear what three funders are doing to foster the needed partnerships with trusted community organizations and/or government health agencies responsible for vaccine distribution. Learn about philanthropic responses being undertaken to tackle the issues of vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. This discussion will provide an opportunity for attendees to share what they are doing to promote vaccine education and outreach, particularly to communities of color.

As a corporate grantmaker, do you have questions about legal challenges impacting your work? From self-dealing considerations to legal rules around scholarships and employee assistance programs, all topics are up for discussion and support from the Council’s legal team during our Corporate Legal Ask Me Anything.

As our world becomes more uncertain, planning for the future becomes more important, but also more difficult. This interactive workshop will introduce fundamental tools used in scenario analysis and risk management and show how foundations can apply these tools to predict how economic, social/political, and environmental changes might affect their grantees and their beneficiaries. It will also provide guidance for making contingency plans to respond to possible dramatic changes in their operating environment.

Hear an overview of the recently passed $1.9 trillion relief legislation known as the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the key pillars of the new infrastructure proposals, the American Jobs Plan, announced by President Biden on March 31. The jobs plan targets 40 percent of the benefits of climate and clean infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities, so the input from the philanthropic community can help policymakers envision what solutions can be translated into legislative language. Find out if your Member of Congress is one of the legislative architects or a key influencer in the House or Senate.

With the recent FCRA amendments passed late in 2020, global foundations working in or granting to India continue to face challenges to their work. While Indian nonprofits struggle to navigate the new regulations and register new bank accounts with the State Bank of India, their foreign funders have also been working hard to understand what new realities they face and what new challenges might be on the horizon. Join the Council on Foundations, the International Center for Not-for-profit Law (ICNL), and the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University to hear what Indian nonprofits need from foundations and how they think global philanthropy can best respond to India’s ever-changing environment.

Join GCIR for a conversation with local and national AAPI leaders to learn more not only about the narrative, policy, and solidarity efforts to address anti-Asian violence but also about opportunities to build durable AAPI immigrant power across the country.

A well-trained staff and an informed board are critical to the success of community foundations in our fast-changing world. This traditionally in-person, two-day course adapted to virtual in four, half day sessions helps new and growing foundation stakeholders build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management with the broader understanding of community foundations within the philanthropic sector.

Council Legal Office Hours for Community Foundations opens the conversation between funders and Council attorneys, Bryan Del Rosario and Ben McDearmon, to engage in a Q&A discussion to address emerging legal questions.

Natural disasters have a way of grabbing media attention and the public’s interest. The visuals of people wading through chest-deep water or picking up the pieces of tornado-ravaged homes are eye-catching. They draw attention and money from philanthropy and everyday donors. However, there are numerous forgotten emergencies and hidden crises worldwide, especially last year as the COVID-19 pandemic overshadowed other disasters.

Join David Kass, the Council's Vice President of Government Affairs, for a members only discussion on the Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving draft policy proposal. We will discuss what is included in the proposal and what we are hearing from the Hill. Most importantly though, we want to hear from you! What questions do you have?

Philanthropy has responded to COVID-19 like no other crisis in recent memory. Through increased giving, reduced restrictions, and a deeper focus on listening to communities and partners, foundations, many of whom signed the Pledge, have stepped up in this moment of crisis. Now, a year later, questions arise as to which of these practices will become the “new normal”, while many still ask what more can be done. Join the Council on Foundations to hear from a range of speakers from different philanthropic organizations on how COVID-19 has reshaped their work and what they think the future entails for philanthropy.

Council on Foundations and re-constituted affinity group, CEONet, invite CEOs and Executive Directors of community foundations to join a virtual roundtable.

The COVID-19 global pandemic defined 2020, and it will continue to impact much of the world in the foreseeable future. How did grantmakers and donors respond as communities worldwide struggled – especially Black, Indigenous, and people of color as well as other populations that have been systemically marginalized and underserved – amid the pandemic’s impact on livelihoods, health, education, and more?

Developed out of a trending conversation on the Philanthropy Exchange (PhilEx), the Council invites you to join a peer-led discussion of how foundations are supporting internet access for students and families as schools, businesses, and communities struggle with the impacts of COVID-19.

The Global Goals Mapping Tool is a comprehensive resource that maps giving and volunteerism using both the IRS National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) codes and the United Nations International Classification of Nonprofit Organizations (ICNPO) codes to classify the activity and programs of charities and connect them to the SDGs.

Led by the Council's legal team and Brad Ward, Lead Strategist, Community Philanthropy, this workshop is designed to answer your broad legal and practical questions on administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities.

A well-trained staff and an informed board are critical to the success of community foundations in our fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and growing foundation stakeholders build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management with the broader understanding of community foundations within the philanthropic sector.

The Career Pathways program is a highly selective pipeline expansion opportunity open to individuals from diverse backgrounds who are currently employed in foundations. The 2021 program applications opened Friday, January 8, 2021, and must be submitted by Friday, February 12, 2021. Join us for this information with the Career Pathways Council Team to learn about the new 2021 virtual program!

Council on Foundations is committed to keeping the Career Pathways core value of community, equity, learning, and development present for the 2020 participants. This monthly community building hour is a virtual opportunity for participants to connect, reflect, share, or discuss. For more information about Career Pathways leadership development program, visit cof.org/careerpathways

Developed out of a trending conversation on the Philanthropy Exchange (PhilEx), the Council invites you to join a peer-led discussion around how organizations are adjusting their contract management and vendor policies to advance their commitment to DEI.