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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Despite concerted efforts by the field to advance more diverse, inclusive, and equitable recruitment and retention practices, the proportions of women and racial/ethnic minorities on foundation staff and at the most senior levels of leadership has changed very little over the past five and 10 years, finds a new report from the Council on Foundations.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

In a surprise move, on July 24 House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that the tax reform framework will be released later this week. The expectation is that the House Ways and Means Committee will take that framework and turn it into a tax reform bill.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Community Foundations National Standards Board, a supporting organization of the Council on Foundations, announced three new board members.

RE:Philanthropy Blog

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:20am

This spring I traveled to Japan, where I had the opportunity to visit the Hosoo textile company in Kyoto. The company was founded in 1688 and has been passed down through 12 generations of the same family, still sitting on the same site. Formerly focused on textiles for traditional garments used in imperial households, the company has retooled itself for the cultural edge of the modern era. Now, they are working with MIT on innovative smart fabrics and providing material to fashion houses like Louis Vuitton and Channel. This seamless transition between the ancient past and the near future was a frequent sight in Japan, and it struck me as a stunning metaphor for how we might not only adapt to momentous change, but use creativity and take risks to leap ahead of it.

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 10:45am

Recently, Council staff traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join more than 50 funders to discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are relevant to local challenges facing communities across the Southwest. The gathering was the sixth city in a series of national conversations about the SDGs. In each city, from San Francisco to Jacksonville to New York City, the Council has partnered with a regional philanthropy association as well as leading local funders to co-host events that are inherently international while also hyper-local at the same time. Our respective networks and expertise have been critical assets in expanding this work on global goals around the country.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 10:00am

At the Citi Foundation, we believe that success is a combination of the impact we can generate directly through our grant making and the influence we can have on others by amplifying what works (or what isn’t working)—and most importantly why success matters.

Washington Snapshot

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot: Tax Reform Update: Attention shifts from health care to tax reform; Mnuchin pushes for “clean” raise to debt ceiling; Wray confirmed as FBI Director; In the States: Challenges to Property Tax Exemptions.
In This Week's Edition of Snapshot: Tax Reform Update - Senate begins debate on health care, tax reform continues moving forward; Update on Treasury personnel; President Trump issues EO for Commerce Department; In the States - State budgets remain in flux, NYC arts funding plan to promote diversity; Johnson Amendment is subject of blog post.
In This Week's Edition of Snapshot: Council submits tax reform comments to Senate Finance Committee; Tax Reform Update: House committee approves budget, takes first legislative step towards tax reform; Senate Finance Committee to consider Mr. Kautter’s nomination today; In the States: Michigan court clarifies property tax exemption; California nonprofits object to burdensome contracting legislation.