Council Events

Past Events

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.

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

Do you have a question about the strategic direction of the Council? Curious how the team is managing in uncertain times? Or just want to get to know the team better? This is the time to ask us anything.

End the week with an hour of wellness and networking. The wellness activity will be a resiliency themed meditation led by our partners at Chill Anywhere. Following the meditation, we will play a fun game of trivia and host networking breakout rooms to connect members across interest, roles, and opportunities. This will be a fun and casual event for all staff members!

The Annual Member Meeting is the kickoff event for Member Week. The Member Meeting will start with a keynote remarks from Fred Blackwell, CEO of San Francisco Foundation, and conclude with a brief Member Meeting where Kathleen Enright, Council President & CEO, will share the State of the Council and members will vote on the new additions to the Board of Directors.

Join the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), Council on Foundations, and Points of Light for "Racial Equity: Moving Companies from Promise to Action”. This two-day virtual event looks to address the critical importance of racial equity and the impact companies can make in communities around the world.

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

How can community foundations foster connections between donors and nonprofits advancing equity? Community foundations play a powerful role in connecting high net worth donors with local organizations working to advance community needs. This online learning session for community foundations shares findings from their research and facilitates discussion about how community foundations can foster connections between major donors and local organizations that lead to deeper relationships and increased support for community-based organizations.

From COVID-19 and the CARES Act to the November election – how will philanthropy be impacted? The Council on Foundation’s 2020 Public Policy Summit will engage foundation leaders from around the country to learn from peers, policy experts and government leaders about the most pressing policy issues of the day.

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

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

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.

The Council on Foundations is pleased to partner with the Kansas Association of Community Foundations (KACF) - the host of the online 2020 Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations.

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.