Council Events

Past Events

Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, this day-long convening of the veterans philanthropy community builds on the historic pledges in 2014 of more than $200 million by grantmakers to support programs for service members, veterans and their families. Attendees will include Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge national grantmakers, veterans funders, nonprofit grantees, federal agency officials, veterans and military family members. It marks the first anniversary of the Impact Pledge initiative catalyzed last year by the Council’s members, Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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

Join Council staff members, Kim Bluitt, Member Relations Director, Pacific, Allison Carney, Community Manager, and your peers in the Southern California area for peer networking and conversation on the benefits of Council membership.

The philanthropic community is coming together to address some of today's toughest challenges. The Council on Foundations' Annual Meeting brings together global leaders from across philanthropy to develop the ideas and strategies that will shape the future.

A well-trained staff and a well-informed board are crucial to community foundation success in a fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and experienced foundation stakeholders build essential skills they need.

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.

This convening, co-hosted by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Council on Foundations and the Southeastern Council of Foundations, will bring together foundation leaders and stakeholders to continue exploring ways to create equitable opportunities for boys and men of color.

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

The Council on Foundations is excited to partner with Village Capital, an organization that supports entrepreneurs seeking a positive benefit to society, on "Education Impact Day", a day-long series of events in Washington, DC on April 1.

This learning forum featured 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.

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.

Philanthropy Week in Washington informs our policymakers of the vital importance of the work philanthropy does for communities across the country. Join us March 16 through 20 in our nation's capital for a variety of programs that highlight both philanthropy's role and some of the challenges and opportunities in the 114th Congress, in our federal agencies, and with the Administration.

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 for a live chat Q&A on the Philanthropy Exchange with Regine Webster and Anna Hurt from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. For one hour, they will be on the Open Exchange ready to answer your questions about disaster grantmaking, from preparedness to emergency response.

Impact investing can generate financial and social returns that extend foundation impact beyond traditional grantmaking. Join the Council, Philanthropy Northwest, and Mission Investors Exchange for an Impact Investing Twitter Chat on Thursday, February 26 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET.

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 is a quick demo of the Exchange.

Please join Council on Foundations members and others within the Southern California philanthropic community for a unique program to learn about the opportunities and challenges affecting the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors at a local, state, and federal levels as the 2016 election cycle gets underway.

Communities across the country are talking about Pay for Success, a public-private partnership approach that harnesses private sector investments to scale up proven social programs, with payments made by government if, and only if, outcomes are met or exceeded.

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.

This year marks the Community Foundation Centennial, and we look forward to celebrating alongside the Cleveland Foundation, the nation's first community foundation. Programming will celebrate the rich legacy and bright future of place-based philanthropy across the country and around the world.

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.