American democracy faces challenges that raise difficult questions for philanthropy. Has the foundation world done everything it can to shore up democratic values and aspirations, or has it pursued its own ideas of the public good and turned a blind eye to these challenges?
Corporate Philanthropy refers to the investments and activities a company voluntarily undertakes to responsibly manage and account for its impact on society. It includes investments of money, donations of products, in-kind services and technical assistance, employee volunteerism, and other business transactions to advance a social cause, issue, or the work of a nonprofit organization. Corporate foundations and corporate giving programs traditionally play a major role in these areas.
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In This Week's Edition of Snapshot...
Interested in the Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report? Join Council staff for a demonstration of the survey process and learn how you can participate in this important resource for the field.
Grantmaking tends to be a pretty virtuous endeavor. However, given the complexity of the process and endless details and data, it’s easy to fall prey to one of the many “deadly sins of grantmaking”. In this interactive session, we’ll highlight some common “sins” and how to avoid them. We’ll share best practices gained from 20 years of experience working with the world’s most generous and sophisticated grantmakers.
What do you do when you have a difficult and complex problem? If you’re like me, you start by trying to understand it. You think the problem through from all angles, looking at the data, talking to people in your community. You study the problem, inside out.
What is the highest and best role for philanthropy? And how can the Council support our members and the field to reach our potential and address the most pressing issues of our time? Join Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of The Council on Foundations, for an interactive visioning session to explore these key questions and share insights and feedback on how a reimagined Council can best serve the field of philanthropy and advance public good.
In This Week's Edition of Snapshot…
Last month, we announced our work to Reimagine Council Membership and asked for feedback as we review Council membership and dues.
More than 400 individuals – representing grantmaking organizations of different types, sizes, geographies, and member status – responded to our survey and shared ideas on how we can improve Council membership, programs, and value for institutions and for the field.
Mergers and acquisitions are increasingly common for companies - across sectors, size, and geographic footprints. And, while the market impact of these combinations is regularly documented and discussed, data on the related impact on corporate philanthropic portfolios and programs is rarely analyzed. At the Council, we have seen growth in the number of corporate philanthropy practitioners asking for guidance and promising practices on how to navigate strategic options and manage change to support philanthropic portfolios in times of transition.