The Council on Foundations is inviting executive staff of community foundations of various size, scope, and location to glean understanding from diverse viewpoints for an exchange of ideas to Miami, FL to discuss ways we can strengthen communities across the United States. As a field, we need to come together to discuss the current mischaracterization of donor advised funds (DAFs), and how we can implement strategies for success for all community foundations. The goal is to provide the context and space for community foundation executives to explore new ideas and solutions, designed with a new set of measures and metrics that is not asset-centric, but reflective of the competitive advantages unique to community foundations.
Over the past year, we’ve observed the growing critique of donor advised funds in media outlets, which has called into question the role, importance, and value of community foundations as philanthropic leaders and critical local institutions. The Council has worked directly with several community foundations on counter-narratives about the positive impacts of DAFs in their local press and created a media DAF communications toolkit. But we must expand the conversation about what is needed in this current moment for community foundations and work together to co-create solutions for the field.
Goals & Agenda
The goal is to provide the context and space for community foundation executives to explore new ideas and solutions, designed with a new set of measures and metrics that is not asset-centric, but reflective of the competitive advantages unique to community foundations.
In this session, we will take a deep dive into three topics: DAFs, leadership, and data.. Conversations will focus on a landscape analysis of the ongoing narrative about community foundations, current policies and proposed legislation that will impact your foundation, and existing data and survey instruments that will help the group consider redefining measurements of success.
See what happened at our first convening in Washington, DC.
If you are interested in attending a future session, please complete the interest form.
The Council on Foundations would like to thank Knight Foundation for supporting this series of events.