Learning Forums

Learning Forums are smaller gatherings the Council organizes throughout the country for the purpose of bringing funders together to share ideas, connect with peers, and attend professional development seminars. As a national organization the Council draws upon the diversity of its members and partners to provide events and meetings on an array of relevant and timely subjects. By hosting Learning Forums in partnership with other funder networks, public and private sector partners, and philanthropic organizations, we can provide more of our members with a high quality member experience more regularly.

Upcoming Events

Join us for a day and a half regional convening focused on community philanthropy as an engine for inclusive community and economic development in Minneapolis, MN.

Past Events

The Council, The Spartanburg County Foundation, and the Southeastern Council of Foundations spent a day and a half convening in the South to focus on community philanthropy''s potential as an engine for inclusive community and economic development.
Join us - the Council on Foundations, Foundation Center and Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy - at this special event for the launch of a new GrantCraft Leadership Series paper which introduces the concept of community philanthropy: both as a form of, and force for, building local assets, capacities, and trust.
The Race, Poverty and Trust convening featured guest speaker Tiziana Dearing, Professor of Macro Practice at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Tiziana is the former CEO of Boston Rising, a place-based, anti-poverty, public foundation that aimed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by replicating the Robin Hood Foundation and Harlem Children Zone’s models in Grove Hall, a Boston neighborhood inundated with poverty and crime. Over three years, Boston Rising invested $4 Million in residents, promising entrepreneurs and under performing schools, then -- it dissolved.
Join your peers for a deep dive to explore public policy issues foundations could advance together to improve the transition of veterans and their families to their home communities after service.
During a time of growing partisanship, polarization, and religious bigotry, this event explored the current fractured state of religious diversity in America and opportunities for action by philanthropy.
Launched in 2014, The Veterans Philanthropy Exchange is a learning and sharing forum for philanthropic grantmakers, donors, and corporate giving programs supporting veterans and military family strategies. This "On Topic" convening is the inaugural mid-year meeting of the Exchange and will be focused on what funders have learned and what they continue to need to invest smartly to help veterans and their spouses transition to gainful employment, promising career paths, and relevant training and education for competitive advantage in the civilian labor market. Attendees will discuss whether philanthropic grantmaking can be used to define and yield drive better employment outcomes for veterans.
Leaders from the higher education, philanthropic and corporate sectors came together for a unique convening designed to explore the impact of implicit bias on leadership and operational excellence.
The Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation are excited to co-host a meeting in the Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 4, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across the Southwest supports achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Led by Suzanne Friday, Counsel for the Council on Foundations, this workshop is flexibly organized to ensure that your broad legal questions for administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities are addressed.
Join the Council on Foundations for a conversation with your peers about the ways in which foundations can transcend the current climate of partisan stalemate and work to make our democratic processes more fair, open, and representative.
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.
Learn best practices, inclusive strategies and investment opportunities geared to address racial economic inequalities.
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?