Council Events

Past Events

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.

The Council on Foundations partnered with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy on a special issue of The Foundation Review examining the Future of Community. The issue explores aspects of the relationship between foundations and communities, addressing topics such as the redefinition of community, the effect of evolving demographics, and potential solutions to climate change.

This invite-only convening will bring together foundation HR leads from across the nation to learn how to make philanthropy more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Leadership attracts assets and each day community foundations are maximizing opportunities in the community for growth and impact. Yet, community foundations are still grappling with ways to prioritize and balance community leadership and donor engagement, as well as how to finance and measure their work inclusive of all organizational investments beyond traditional grantmaking and convening. And, to do this work with even greater speed, sophistication, and coordinated effort across the organization and community.

Join the Council on Foundations on Tuesday, October 11, at 12pm ET for a special briefing on work at the Federal level to improve outcomes for children in need. Christine Calpin, Managing Director of Public Policy at Casey Family Programs, will highlight some current opportunities to improve Federal child welfare financing and policy.

The Council on Foundations, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, and a panel of funders and responding disaster relief organizations conducted a webinar on Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts and funding needs. Presented with generous support from The UPS Foundation.

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 invites you to attend the 2016 Endowments and Finance Summit! We will convene in New York City to take a deep dive into the most pressing issues concerning foundation leaders responsible for financial and investment management.

Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector, led a discussion on the extensive, bipartisan research conducted in 2016 of 1,300 voters nationwide on their perspectives on the work of charitable organizations, societal influence, and participation in the policymaking process. Mr. Cardinali and other speakers from charitable organizations discussed the public policy implications of this research.

This member update focused principally on important issues related to foundation financial management and endowment performance.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has revised its Recommendation 8 on nonprofits to no longer characterize them as "particularly vulnerable" to terrorist abuse and made important changes to the Interpretive Note to this Recommendation. NPOs are now wondering how their countries will react to these revisions and how they can ensure that national implementation is beneficial to nonprofits and in line with FATF's new risk-based approach.

Promoting economic development is not, by itself, a charitable purpose. Grantmakers seeking to help people and communities achieve economic self-sufficiency must therefore find a connection between a proposed activity and one or more recognized charitable purposes. In this Legal Lunch Series, Suzanne and Bryan will discuss IRS rulings, court cases and activities proposed by members to help explain what is needed in order to make grants for economic development.

This webinar provided members with a detailed understanding of the Overtime Rule directly from the Department of Labor. In addition, the Council’s attorneys explained how the Rule applies to foundations and answered some prevalent questions that have surfaced.

The Council on Foundations and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy co-hosted a webinar for funders to discuss how to address recovery needs from the devastating Gulf Coast flooding.

This webinar, held in collaboration with Iowa Council of Foundations, covered the tricky legal issues around donor control.