The Council on Foundations invited chief executives 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.
The sentiment for why the Council is convening community foundations was best captured by our host, Tony Mestres, CEO of The Seattle Foundation:
"Our shared challenges and widening gaps, from climate change to economic disparity, seem to be growing faster than our current capacity to address them. Given this moment, our mission as local civic leaders, philanthropic catalyzers, and grantmakers, is imperative. At the same time, the community foundation field broadly is in need of positive disruption and innovation. The challenges we face continue to require more resources, greater collaboration across sectors, and more creative solutions. Could community foundations fill a unique gap in rewriting the playbook for stewarding American society and reimagining our democracy? Given all of the history, wisdom and knowledge each of our organizations brings to the table, how would we collectively reimagine the role of community foundations today? Pushing ourselves to think as innovatively as possible, what would this reimagined community leader take action on in response to the complex challenges facing each of our communities?"
At the conclusion of the roundtables, a series that has spanned Washington DC, Tucson AZ, Miami FL, and Seattle WA, the Council will be issuing an executive summary of the key findings with the field in the spirit of collaboration and collective aspirations.
Goals & Agenda
Our agenda for this Roundtable will explore various topics including: differentiators that help propel the community foundation field forward; the evolving role of community foundations; the importance of centering equity and belonging in the community foundation sector; and strategies to create innovative and inclusive organizational cultures.
These resources were referrenced during the workshop.
Changing the Narrative
- Community Foundation Business Model Disruption in the 21st Century paper and discussion guide
- “Color of Law” by Richard Rothstein
- Google Housing Crisis Commitment Announcement
- “Our Towns” by James and Deborah Fallows
- “Who Do We Choose To Be?” by Margaret Wheatley
- No Time for Complacency: Preparing Foundations for a More Turbulent Future In this report, research faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
- Opportunity Zones
- Four Pathways to Greater Giving – The Bridgespan Group, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- The Curb Cut Effect by Angela Glover Blackwell – Stanford Social Innovation Reviews
- Targeted Universalism: Policy and Practice by John a Powell, Stephen Menendian, Wendy Ake
- “Greater Seattle punches below its weight in philanthropy” by Tony Mestres
- Inclusive Economic Prosperity at COF
- Protest DEI at COF
- For questions or support, contact Ruth Latoison Ifill, Vice President, Culture, Talent, & Equity at COF
Cross-Sector Table and Regional Dashboard
DAFs and Transparency
- Policy and Advocacy Toolkit for Community Foundations or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- National Philanthropic Trust’s Annual DAF Report
- For questions or support, contact Suzanne Friday , Managing Director, National Standards, And Vice President Of Legal Affairs or email@example.com
Subscriptions from the Council
- Washington Snapshot
- Community Philanthropy Update
- This Week at the Council (for Council members only)
To manage your email subsrcriptions, select the link in the bottom of an email you received from us or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Sector Resources
- CFLeads resources - Report coming out Q1 for the sector
View recordings from previous Roundtables.