Council Events

Past Events

During this webinar Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation, and sector leaders discuss how impact investing is empowering foundation staff and leadership to take advantage of creative, cross sector partnerships and new methods to deploy larger portions of their philanthropic resources to social good. View this webinar to hear their shared knowledge and insights into the opportunities for foundations to take the first steps as impact investors.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, together with the Council on Foundations, the European Foundation Centre, and the UPS Foundation, hosted a webinar to discuss how private funders can address the crisis at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

The Council on Foundations and WINGS discussed the relevance of these reports to grantmakers and the Hudson Institute and CIVICUS shared insight around current trends in the regulation of philanthropy and civil society around the world.

The Council on Foundations, nonprofit media organizations, foundations, journalists, academics, and other stakeholders held a conversation about the role of nonprofit media in fostering a vibrant civil society in local communities.

Following recent discussions around grantmaking in China and Mexico, the Council on Foundations will host a members-only conversation on September 3rd about the changing operating environments for civil society and funders in India and Russia.

Bipartisan consensus around criminal justice reform is growing nationally with more foundations increasing their efforts to change the way we think about prisons and public safety. As this issue continues to gain momentum, we ask how can philanthropy take a leadership role in reforming the criminal justice system in America?

Effectively engaging in place based philanthropy requires the need to rethink various aspects of the organizational set-up such as: the role of the program officer and other key staff, the way you develop metrics and evaluation tools to measure success, and the ways in which you involve community in the work. Listen to colleagues share experiences of transitioning from short and long term strategies to being more initiative-based, and ways in which they were able to get buy in from board, staff and community members.

The National Standards for Community Foundations online application has been live in beta testing since January- how is it going? What feedback has been received?

Learn how you can maximize the Council's network to further enhance your work in the field. Senior leaders from the Council discuss services, initiatives, and updates that have an impact on the larger philanthropic community.

Foundations looking to leverage more impact from their charitable dollars are increasingly looking to mission related investments as a key tool. But how can this powerful strategy be deployed alongside the place-based mission of a community foundation?

Building and nurturing relationships with your lawmakers is important because it provides the opportunity to share with them the meaningful work you are doing in their communities. As commentators, academics, and even some policymakers express skepticism about philanthropy, it is imperative for all of us to demonstrate the impact of philanthropy and convey its value in the lives of their constituents. In preparation for August recess, this webinar offered insight for strategically engaging with your Members of Congress—including a refreshed edition of the Advocacy Toolkit.

Governments, multinationals, businesses, and individuals are increasingly organizing to take action in response to climate change. Foundations can play an active role in this growing movement. View this webinar to hear from leaders in the Divest/Invest Movement about how you can take part.

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.

Join Council member peers in Oregon for an informative learning forum with Dr. Gina Nikkel, President and CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care. Gina will talk briefly about how mental health challenges impact many of your foundation projects such as homelessness, veterans' issues, and education.

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.

Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, this learning forum features guest speaker Tiziana Dearing, Associate Professor of Macro Practice at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Tiziana is the former CEO of Boston Rising, a place-based, anti-poverty, public foundation that aimed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by replicating the Robin Hood Foundation and Harlem Children Zone’s models in Grove Hall, a Boston neighborhood inundated with poverty and crime.

This learning forum, co-hosted by the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, the Council on Foundations, and the Southeastern Council of Foundations, will bring together a select group of staff and trustees from family and private foundations, family offices, community foundations, health foundations, advisors and other thought leaders in the field. We will take up a roundtable discussion on philanthropic investing for place-based impact in the Southeast.

Council on Foundations is hosting this webinar in partnership with Council of Michigan Foundations for community foundations in Michigan. Have you ever wondered who is reviewing your National Standards submission and what are they looking for? This webinar will bring your community foundation staff together with National Standards Director and a peer reviewer to discuss what passes National Standards. In addition, the National Standards Director will share the most common issues with a National Standards submission and how to avoid them.