Press Release

Foundations who wish to provide nonpartisan support to encourage voter participation and strengthen democracy now have comprehensive new resources. On Thursday, April 12, the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, and Nonprofit VOTE will release two new toolkits at the Council on Foundation's Public Policy Summit in Philadelphia: Voter Engagement Toolkit for Community Foundations and Voter Engagement Toolkit for Private Foundations.The toolkits will also available at nonprofitvote.org/foundationtoolkit/.

The Council on Foundations’ Veterans Philanthropy Exchange hosted a congressional briefing to highlight work underway in veterans’ healthcare and mental health services for transitioning veterans. The briefing, which included leaders from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Robert R. McCormick Foundationand The New York State Health Foundation, was the latest outreach from foundations and corporate funders who have invested millions to address veterans’ issues over the last four years.

Coming out of a historic meeting that brought together philanthropic leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States, more than 80 philanthropic leaders have joined in solidarity and pledged to work to reduce poverty and increase opportunity for all across North America. This commitment marks the first multinational pledge of philanthropic leaders in North America to connect, learn, and exchange across borders in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Community foundations are critically important local leaders who bring a wealth of knowledge to driving change locally. To address the systemic challenges impacting our communities, we are committed to building coalitions with government, business, the nonprofit sector and others to bring together local voices and create a world that is more equitable for future generations.

On February 5, the Council on Foundations released a report about the impact community foundations can make in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report, in part a landscape analysis of how community foundations already impact their local communities, also encourages international development and community foundation professionals to collaborate, learn, and take collective action to achieve major global progress on the SDGs by 2030.