Council Events

Past Events

The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is front page news in the wake of Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Since its enactment in 1938, FARA has been rarely enforced, but Congress is currently considering six bills to increase its implementation. This online briefing, cosponsored by the Council on Foundations and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), discussed these concerns, recent legislative action in Congress, and possible fixes that would enable stronger enforcement of FARA without the unintended impacts on non-profits.

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

The Council, in partnership with Atlas Corps and American Express, shared information on the Atlas Corps Fellows Program. Atlas Corps facilitates overseas fellowships for the best of the world's rising leaders. They volunteer for 12-18 months at outstanding organizations (foundations, corporations and nonprofits) addressing social issues and are enrolled in an ongoing training program.

Join the Council’s Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs, Suzanne Friday, as she examines certain provisions of the Tax Reform Act and how those provisions affect philanthropy in general, but more specifically corporate foundations and corporate giving programs. This webinar will also discuss whether lower corporate taxes may mean greater corporate giving, as well as review emerging trends.

The second session in our series on digitalization and the community foundation business model dives into business innovations for community foundations designed to address cybersecurity.

(Internal) Talent Development for (External) Impact is about the Bush Foundation’s internal efforts to develop staff to have greater impact while at Bush and then beyond. Join us and webinar co-hosts President Jen Ford Reedy and Talent Development Director, Stephanie Andrews, as we talk more about what it means to the Bush Foundation to invest in their own people.

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.

Are you curious about how to balance impact with risk & return? Join us for a conversation with Michael McCreless, Senior Director of Strategy & Impact, at Root Capital, an agricultural impact investor that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses.

The Council on Foundations worked with our peer philanthropy networks Comunalia (in Mexico) and Community Foundations of Canada to organize the first-ever North American Community Foundation Summit: Leaving No One Behind which was held in Mexico City in February 2018.

During a time of growing partisanship, polarization, and religious bigotry, this event explored the current fractured state of religious diversity in America and opportunities for action by philanthropy.

Join us and webinar co-hosts President Jen Ford Reedy and Strategy & Learning Vice President, Allison Barmann, as they talk about the Bush approach and share examples from their Education initiative.

Data can be overwhelming. But is it possible to harness your foundation’s data and turn it from a challenge into an asset? Join a call with Guidestar's CEO and Program Manager of LA Counts, an initiative of California Community Foundation, to explore ways in which data is being utilized effectively to advance community foundation efforts.

Join the Council on Foundation’s Suzanne Friday for a timely discussion of the recent IRS Notice regarding potential new donor advised fund regulations and the Treasury Department’s request for comments from the field. Additionally, this webinar reviews specific provisions in the tax reform legislation that will have an effect on charitable foundations. Community foundations will want to learn about the donor advised fund regulations, but all foundation types can benefit from the tax reform discussion.

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.

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.

The tax bill has passed and many in the sector are wondering what it will mean for our work, and what comes next in our advocacy. Join us for a detailed look at the tax bill and a discussion on the legislative provisions that will impact philanthropy and charities. We also discuss next steps for raising our sectors priorities in the government relations arena.

In this third installment of the Legal and Tax Compliance for Corporate Grantmakers webinar, participants continue a review of the rules against self-dealing, where they come from and what they involve, as well as compare to rules regarding conflict of interest. We analyze a case study, a real life "corporate opportunity" fact pattern received by the Council’s legal team.

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.

The majority of community foundations in the U.S. are accredited via the National Standards program, highlighting each’s accountability, integrity, and overall commitment to excellence in community philanthropy. However, with a relatively high turnover rate among community foundation staff, keeping up with the changes to the National Standards program can be difficult. This webinar is intended to highlight the recent changes in the accreditation program and answer frequently asked questions to allow community foundation staff to move through the process with confidence and ease.

The CEO & Trustee Retreat highlighted what a successful partnership between the CEO and Board Chair looks like. The Retreat profiled successful partnerships, identified barriers to success, and shared tools for creating a successful relationship.

Join Council on Foundations senior vice president for government relations Hadar Susskind and other staff for a call to discuss the House and Senate tax reform bills as well as the outlook for the legislation and its implications for the sector.

Increasingly, community foundations are thinking more broadly about how to support systemic change in local communities. On this call, you’ll hear how three foundations are investing in long-term transformation using Community Heart & Soul®, the Orton Family Foundation’s community development model.

Launched in 2014, The Veterans Philanthropy Exchange is a learning and sharing forum for philanthropic grantmakers, donors, and corporate giving programs supporting veterans and military family strategies. This "On Topic" convening was the inaugural mid-year meeting of the Exchange and was focused on what funders have learned and what they continue to need to invest smartly to help veterans and their spouses transition to gainful employment, promising career paths, and relevant training and education for competitive advantage in the civilian labor market. Attendees discussed whether philanthropic grantmaking can be used to define and yield drive better employment outcomes for veterans.

Continuing this fall, the Council on Foundations is launching its fourth quarter of the webinar series focused on legal issues facing foundations. This month is focused on community foundations and preparing for year-end.

Leaders from the higher education, philanthropic and corporate sectors came together for a unique convening designed to explore the impact of implicit bias on leadership and operational excellence.