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2019 is an important year for the Council on Foundations. Above all, we are committed to thinking creatively (and responsively) about how we best serve Council members. A first step under the leadership of Kathleen Enright is a comprehensive review and analysis of the Council's membership structures and dues, to ensure we are ready to achieve our mission: advancing the work of our members and the philanthropic sector.

The State of Global Giving, a new report by the Council on Foundations and Foundation Center, reveals that global giving by U.S. foundations increased by 29% from 2011 to 2015, reaching an all-time high of $9.3 billion in 2015. With mounting challenges that transcend national boundaries, it’s increasingly important to understand how funds are being allocated to tackle global issues like climate change and the spread of preventable diseases.

The Council on Foundations offices will be closed from December 23, 2017 - January 1, 2018. During this time, Council staff is available to assist our members with their time-sensitive needs. Please dial the membership line directly at 703-879-0645 or email Membership at membership@cof.org.

Nearly 9,000 wildfires tore through the State of California in December 2017, burning 1.2 million acres of land, destroying more than 10,800 structures and killing at least 46 people.

Mexico experienced two major earthquakes in the September 2017. The first, hitting the southern coast of Mexico on September 8th, was one of the biggest recorded in the area at a magnitude of 8.1. Only eleven days after this first major disastor, on September 19th, Mexico was hit with another earthquake, at a magnitude of 7.1. Many deaths have been reported from both earthquakes and several major cities including Mexico City, Puebla, and San Juan Raboso have large amounts of rubble, with many people trapped under collapsed buildings.