2015 Year in Review

Leading Together to Strengthen Philanthropy
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Friends and Colleagues,

Last December, I spoke of 2014 as a Year of Action, and it was! We began putting into place the programs, services, and staff we knew would provide value to our members. In 2015, we’ve begun to see these foundational investments pay off, and I hope you’ve begun to see how our work strengthens yours.

Our interactive 2015 Year in Review includes pictures, videos, and stories from major programs and initiatives of the last year. It provides details of important milestones we hit over the last year and highlights some of the progress we’ve made in strengthening the work of the sector.

In the Year in Review, you can see the scope of our work, and I'm confident you'll find at least one new resource to advance your own efforts.

View the presentation below and learn more about this landmark year of Leading Together to Strengthen Philanthropy.

Each and every year, the Council’s work is made possible thanks to the support, dedication, and hard work of you, our members. 

None of our efforts can succeed without your partnership and insight! If you want to collaborate on any of our programs or initiatives, please send me your ideas at president@cof.org.

Since its founding, the Council on Foundations has stood for something larger than any one foundation or one issue. When leading together, we are a powerful force for good that can advance civil rights, strengthen democracy, preserve our planet, and position our communities for future growth.

Thank you for your membership in the Council on Foundations. We look forward to an even more productive and effective 2016!

Vikki Spruill
President and CEO
Council on Foundations 

Council on Foundations

Leading Together to Strengthen Philanthropy


From our unique national perspective, the Council maintains a strong voice in Washington, D.C. In support of our members, we engage in a broad array of government relations and policy activities, including analyzing proposed legislation, elevating member voices with policymakers, and much more.


As a Council member, you have access to learning and certification programs that provide essential skills, professional knowledge, and introduction to the fundamentals of philanthropy.


Executives and board members must understand key management issues facing foundation leaders. With over 67 years of experience supporting foundations, the Council maintains valuable resources, provides staff expertise, and develops top-notch training on foundation management.


Through our Knowledge Center, Philanthropy Exchange, research, and other initiatives, we offer the tools and expertise you need to achieve your organization's highest goals.


We also engage with our members on a variety of special programs and initiatives that address timely and pressing areas of interest in the field.