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 Seattle, WA 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 last few months, 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.
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.
Goals & Agenda
- The first half of the day we will focus on community foundation and the problems they are facing in the field today. We will discuss how the Council on Foundations can best serve community foundations in their missions and to help them move forward. We will then consider the collective aspirations, culture, and identify of the community foundation field.
- In the afternoon, we will take a deep dive into four topics: DAFs, leadership, data, and the role of community foundations in resolving racial tension and disparity. 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 session, please complete the interest form.
The Council on Foundations would like to thank Knight Foundation for supporting this series of events.