Council Events

Past Events

Continuing this fall, the Council on Foundations is launching its fourth quarter of this virtual series focused on legal issues facing foundations. In this webinar, participants will learn how to navigate complicated decisions regarding international grantmaking, specifically how to appropriately apply expenditure responsibility and equivalency determinations when necessary.

The "Hurricane Irma: What Funders Should Know" webinar gathered several expert panelists to provide updates on U.S. damages and the situation throughout the Caribbean, and ways funders can address recovery needs.

The 2017 HR Summit: Achieving Equity in the Workplace, co-hosted by the Council on Foundations and CHANGE Philanthropy, was a unique opportunity to learn how to make attendees' foundations — and philanthropy as a whole — more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

The Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation are excited to co-host a meeting in the Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 4, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across the Southwest supports achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Led by Suzanne Friday, Counsel for the Council on Foundations, this workshop is flexibly organized to ensure that your broad legal questions for administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities are addressed.

Join the Council's government relations team for an important, member-only conversation to discuss the current political landscape in Washington, its implications on tax policy, and the ramifications for philanthropy.

Join us for the second webinar in a series called, “Lunch with Legal Counsel.” Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Council on Foundation reviews and explains IRS Code Section 4944: Taxes on investments which jeopardize charitable purpose and what it means for private foundations.

In this second installment of the Legal and Tax Compliance for Corporate Grantmakers webinar series, participants considered an in-depth review of the rules against self-dealing, where they come from and what they involve. We analyzed a case study, a real life "corporate opportunity" fact pattern received by the Council’s legal team.

This webinar will help our private foundation members understand the rules for how they can participate in public policy advocacy.

Leaders from the charitable sector discussed how changes to the tax code could impact charitable giving and the nonprofit sector.

Learn about the significance of President Donald Trump’s 2018 Budget. Hear insights from the Council on Foundations government relations firm, Akin Gump, and other national colleagues analyzing the impacts of the federal budget and Appropriations process on States and the non-profit sector.

Broadband is essential for communities – it can mean more robust economic development, more access to health care, stronger and more diverse educational options, and enhanced public safety.

This webinar introduces an approach to investing for community impact as a shared strategic commitment from the different perspectives of the funder and the grantee nonprofit. Our experts offer best practices for high performance, and Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation and the City School each share their journeys towards improving outcomes, clarifying specifically what they had to change to move in this direction.

The Council’s Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs, Suzanne Friday, and Director of Community Philanthropy, Brad Ward, explored funds that come from corporate donors.

Join Pennsylvania colleagues May 1-2 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg to develop the first-ever statewide philanthropic policy network for collaboration and impact. Sessions will be highly interactive. The conference kicks off with briefs from policy experts in each of the four areas so participants can hit the ground running for a full-day of highly interactive collaboration planning. Participants will leave with a solid grounding in the issues and a menu of activities that can be mission-specific to each organization but aligned for statewide impact.

Annual convening and networking exchange of philanthropic funders investing in programs that support US military veterans and their families.

Join the Council on Foundations for a conversation with your peers about the ways in which foundations can transcend the current climate of partisan stalemate and work to make our democratic processes more fair, open, and representative.

Join the Council on Foundations and our partners to spend an interactive day discussing grantmaking into Latin America, focused on the power and potential of collaborations in order to Lead Together and join a network of active grantmakers in the region.

We will highlight nationally relevant programming while providing attendees an opportunity to see firsthand the challenges created by a broken immigration system.

Enjoy a day rich in new experiences and ideas — where you will be challenged to think more deeply, entertain new perspectives, and ultimately dig into potential new narratives for rural America. We will create an environment to spur your thinking about existing assets in new ways, new assets that are needed, ways to turn assets into opportunities, and importantly, how to better engage citizens toward new narratives for economic and social prosperity.

Learn best practices, inclusive strategies and investment opportunities geared to address racial economic inequalities.

Much has been said about diversity, equity and inclusion within the philanthropic sector. Diverse talent pools, equitable grantmaking processes and inclusive workplaces are all things for which we are striving. What benefit, if any, does a diverse talent pool bring to an organization? Does a lack of diversity within and organization’s talent pool translate to a less effective organization?

Leading Together is the premier conference for the philanthropic community. It’s a rich, immersive, thought-provoking experience dedicated to exploring the essential role that philanthropy — and you — plays in society to create transformational change.

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.

Community development improves lives and builds prosperity by maximizing the potential of a place. Combine this with the role of catalyzing and raising resources from a community on behalf of a community, a Community Foundation can capitalize on its unique role as a convener, grantmaker, and endowment builder for greater community prosperity with simple practices taken from community and economic development strategies.