Council Events

Past Events

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Council on Foundations and National League of Cities will convene three conversations across the United States on racial equity. With support from the Lumina Foundation, philanthropic and government leaders will come together to raise awareness about the social impact of structural racism while highlighting current efforts to dissolve and resolve racial conflict and disparity. Elected and appointed city, county, and state officials will join philanthropists in a panel discussion to identify how philanthropy and government can take actions that confront and dismantle structural racism.

How can corporate foundations and corporate giving programs structure charitable giving in a way that provides assistance to employees while staying in compliance with tax law?

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 experienced foundation stakeholders build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management.

The Council on Foundations is inviting executive staff of community foundations for an exchange of ideas to strengthen communities across the United States. As a field, we need come together to discuss the current mischaracterization of donor advised funds, and how we can implement strategies for success for all community foundations.

Led by Bryan Del Rosario, Staff Counsel and Brad Ward, Director of Community Philanthropy, this workshop is designed to answer your broad legal questions on administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities.

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.

Join Karon Harden as she discusses Career Pathways, the Council's flagship leadership program, with alumni and hear how the program has helped them in the year since their graduation.

Led by Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Brad Ward, Director of Community Philanthropy, this workshop is designed to answer your broad legal questions on administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities.

In this “Lunch with Legal Counsel,” Bryan Del Rosario, Staff Counsel of Legal Affairs, discusses expenditure responsibility and the procedures private foundations need to know. 

Listen to three corporate foundations as they explore how companies are taking different approaches to adopting and leveraging SDGs to maximize their impact, both domestically and globally.

The devastation of Hurricane Florence has wide-reaching impacts that will require strategic, long-term investments. The Council co-sponsored this webinar on Tuesday, September 18, with CDP, Southeastern Council of Foundations, and the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Look for the CDP 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund, -- details about this fund are provided during the webinar.

A premier convening for human resource leads of foundations to learn about trending topics, network, and gain valuable insight into complex HR issues.

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.

Experts from top economic thinktanks and foundation leaders will discuss the future of philanthropy, highlighting key policy implications and anticipated outcomes of changes in charitable giving.

Hear from top foundation leaders how they navigated the financial unknowns of the past year and what moves they plan to make in the year ahead to set their organizations up for success.

This Summit provided community, tools, expertise, and resources for attendees to make well-informed financial decisions to leverage endowed funds for maximum social benefit.

Participants will learn about Equity in the Center’s Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture publication and how they can activate organizational levers in order to drive race equity internally and externally.

The ICNL and the Council on Foundations discuss the landscape and changes to philanthropy law in India with experts in the field.

A review of key insights from the 2017 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations.

Join us for a day and a half regional convening focused on community philanthropy as an engine for inclusive community and economic development in Minneapolis, MN.

In this "Lunch with Legal Counsel," Bryan Del Rosario discusses in-depth the tax, regulatory and liability issues, particularly the rules regarding component funds, variance power and material restrictions that demonstrate community foundations are not banks (nor should they act as one) and assets held for the benefit of designated charities are legally the assets of the community foundation.

Learn about the 2018 report: State of Global Giving by US Foundations, including where US grants are flowing internationally and who is funding what across the world.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Council on Foundations co-hosted an instructive, engaging webinar that unpacked the legal framework for philanthropy in China.