Council Events

Past Events

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.

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?

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

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.

A social reception to recognize the role of philanthropy as a unique stakeholder in collective efforts to address some of today's toughest challenges.

Join the Philanthropy Caucus for a social reception to conclude Foundations on the Hill. Network with representatives from a variety of charitable foundations and organizations, lawmakers, and Congressional staff in an event to recognize the role of philanthropy as a unique stakeholder in collective efforts to address some of today's toughest challenges.

Convening centered on an opinion piece written by Kevin Murphy, President, Berks County Community Foundation during his 2016 tenure as Foundation Leader in Residence at the Council on Foundations, this interactive group discussion will focus on the rationale of asset growth, disruptions to the community foundation business model, and how changes in the local financial services field may force some fundamental changes on community foundations.

The Council on Foundations, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and SDG Philanthropy Platform are excited to co-host a meeting in the Twin Cities on March 9, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across Minnesota supports the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Join us as Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Council on Foundation presents "The Private Foundation Minimum Distribution Requirement: The Ins and Outs of Section 4942."

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 first Council Member Update of 2017 was on March 1.

Convening centered on an opinion piece written by Kevin Murphy, President, Berks County Community Foundation during his 2016 tenure as Foundation Leader in Residence at the Council on Foundations, this interactive group discussion will focus on the rationale of asset growth, disruptions to the community foundation business model, and how changes in the local financial services field may force some fundamental changes on community foundations.

A discussion about how the Trump administration's latest immigration decisions are influencing US foundation's internal operations, such as staffing, and ongoing programmatic activities, including grantmaking and advocacy.

Convening centered on an opinion piece written by Kevin Murphy, President, Berks County Community Foundation during his 2016 tenure as Foundation Leader in Residence at the Council on Foundations, this interactive group discussion will focus on the rationale of asset growth, disruptions to the community foundation business model, and how changes in the local financial services field may force some fundamental changes on community foundations.

This webinar was the first in a series of webinars designed to provide information and education regarding a variety of topics that often challenge corporate foundations and corporate giving programs. It explored the complicated landscape of legal and tax compliance and learn how you can stay compliant while maximizing your impact.

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 and Knight Foundation, which wrote the playbook on best practices for hosting a Giving Day, explored with community foundation leaders how to maximize the opportunity—or, move beyond these intense one-day crowdfunding events.

The Council on Foundation's Public-Philanthropic Partnership Office hosted a webinar with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children and Families (ACF) to help foundations understand the regular programs and goals of the agency.

Explore best practices for raising administrative support with advice from the Council’s Senior Vice President of Membership and Development, Paula Wolferseder Yabar, and guidance offered from Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs

The Council on Foundations, Florida Philanthropic Network, Jessie Ball duPont Fund and SDG Philanthropy Platform are excited to co-host a meeting in Jacksonville at the Jessie Ball duPont Fund on December 6, 2016 to discuss how work already underway across Florida supports the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Council CEO Vikki Spruill and special guest speakers analyzed the results of the 2016 election and discussed what it all means for the philanthropic sector.