Council Events

Past Events

Ask Kathleen & Council Leaders about our 2021 - 2025 Strategic Direction and beyond! Send in your questions about the future of the Council.

Is your organization a new Council member or are you new to the Council community? Please join us (virtually) to celebrate you, our newest members, during our 2021 Member Week.

Join us for the Council's Annual Member Meeting. The Member Meeting will start with keynote remarks from the to-be-announced winner of the Distinguished Service Award, and conclude with a Member Meeting where the Council's Board will share an update on the State of the Council and approve new additions to the Board of Directors.

Council Legal Office Hours for Corporate Foundations & Giving Programs opens the conversation between funders and Council attorney Ben McDearmon to engage in a Q&A discussion around emerging legal questions.

This workshop, led by the Council's legal team, is designed to answer your broad legal and practical questions on administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities.

Connect with community foundation peers to learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This group of community foundations meets monthly by Zoom to discuss SDG hot topics including education, local implementation, community alignment and communication, professional development, data, grantmaking, and more. This community is primarily focused on expanding the SDGs in the United States through community foundation action, but all nationalities are welcome.

Join us for the Council on Foundations' virtual 2021 Public Policy Summit, where philanthropic leaders from across the country will get an insider’s view of the policy landscape in Washington, DC.

The Career Pathways program is a highly selective pipeline expansion opportunity open to individuals from diverse backgrounds who are currently employed in foundations. The 2022 program applications opened Tuesday, October 5, 2021, and must be submitted by (DEADLINE EXTENDED) Monday, November 1, 2021. Join us for Office Hours with the Career Pathways Council Team to get your unanswered question addressed about the 2022 program and application process!

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 approaching COVID-19 vaccine policies in their return-to-office planning.

Connect with community foundation peers to learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This group of community foundations meets monthly by Zoom to discuss SDG hot topics including education, local implementation, community alignment and communication, professional development, data, grantmaking, and more. This community is primarily focused on expanding the SDGs in the United States through community foundation action, but all nationalities are welcome.

Please join us for an important conversation about the climate movement and systemic racism in the United States. We often hear that “durable” US climate policy requires bipartisan buy-in and agreement, but durable policy also requires a movement that can maintain and enhance a functioning democracy. Yet, we also need "meaningful" climate policy, and that will require people power.

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.

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.

Please join your community foundation colleagues in person or online for the 2021 HYBRID Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations. Travel for some good old-fashioned networking and professional development to embrace peers you have missed or explore what modern technology has to offer to help you stay remote yet meet new and old friends virtually while learning in the comfort of your home/office. Dive into the deep content live or listen to the recording at your convenience later during the year. From “blind-dates” and group discussions for the online attendees to interactive sessions connecting both audiences --- there are plenty of fun ways to bond, learn, and grow! The West and the East, the North and the South come together to network and share experiences with others just as passionate about community foundations!

The Career Pathways program is a highly selective pipeline expansion opportunity open to individuals from diverse backgrounds who are currently employed in foundations. The 2022 program applications opened Tuesday, October 5, 2021, and must be submitted by Monday, November 1, 2021. Join us for this information with the Career Pathways Council Team to learn about the 2022 program!

Join the Council on Foundations to discuss our recently published white paper, which dives into the challenges facing the sector as foundations work to develop solutions that meet their needs. You’ll hear suggestions, recommendations, and next steps from our team and leaders in the field.

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

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

COVID-19 is leaving a long tail of psycho-social impacts from the variety of losses that people have experienced during the pandemic such as death, illness, housing and job insecurity, and absence of in-person treatment. Policymakers and funders need a sustained and intentional strategy to address these challenges as part of a holistic post-pandemic recovery.

The 2021 Virtual HR Retreat, co-hosted by the Council on Foundations and CHANGE Philanthropy, is a unique opportunity to learn from and engage with fellow HR and talent leaders in philanthropy.

Join Commonfund Institute and the Council on Foundations for a discussion of the results from the newly released 2020 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations® (CCSF).

An M7.2 earthquake struck southwest Haiti on Aug. 14, leaving hundreds dead and causing widespread devastation, and Tropical Storm Grace is expected to pass over Haiti on Monday, Aug. 16, bringing heavy rains and strong winds. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is hosting a webinar to look at the impact of the earthquake and tropical storm. Speakers will share the latest information, including critical needs and gaps, and provide concrete takeaways for funders to effectively support relief and recovery efforts now underway.

Led by the Council's legal team, this workshop is designed to answer your broad legal and practical questions on corporate foundation and giving activities.

Connect with community foundation peers to learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This group of community foundations meets monthly by Zoom to discuss SDG hot topics including education, local implementation, community alignment and communication, professional development, data, grantmaking, and more. This community is primarily focused on expanding the SDGs in the United States through community foundation action, but all nationalities are welcome.

As organizations continue COVID-19 response efforts, HR leaders in philanthropy are thoughtfully introducing innovative practices about returning to work, while coping with new and complex challenges. Join the Council and CHANGE Philanthropy for a facilitated, small-group dialogue to explore the implications of a returning workforce to the office.