Thursday, October 1, 2015

On September 25th at the United Nations, 193 countries ratified the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of global targets that will serve as a new global framework for how governments, philanthropy, non-profits, and the private sector can work together to address challenges all of us and the communities we serve face on a local and global scale. Council staff and I have been participating in conversations about achieving these goals and philanthropy’s critical role in this endeavor. My recent op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy last week underscored this point.

Friday, September 11, 2015

There are three upcoming opportunities for funders to learn about the European refugee situation and develop strategies for responding to it.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Data gathered from 244 private and community foundations participating in the 2014 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community FoundationsTM (CCSF) show that the 142 private foundations participating in the study reported an average return of 6.1 percent for the 2014 fiscal year (January 1 – December 31, 2014), down from the 15.6 percent return reported for FY2013, while the 102 participating community foundations reported an average return of 4.8 percent for FY2014 compared to last year’s average return of 15.2 percent.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Good morning! My name is Vikki Spruill. On behalf of the Council on Foundations and our global network of grantmaking foundations and corporations, I offer you warm greetings from the country’s philanthropic community.

Monday, June 15, 2015

This morning, Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill helped launch a new platform on the Huffington Post that highlights important developments and leading thinkers on social innovation. The blog features thoughts from leaders such as Clara Miller of the F.B. Heron Foundation and Maria Rodale of the Rodale Institute.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Working with our colleagues who understand the value of philanthropy, the Council's President & CEO Vikki Spruill co-wrote a letter to the editor with senior leaders from both United Way Worldwide and The Jewish Federations of North America.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Council on Foundations' 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey will be open from June 2 through July 31, 2015. The survey collects information on benefits policies and practices, as well as compensation data for 35 positions at community, corporate, private, public, and operating foundations. Please contact for more information.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

In response to requests for comments on the Chinese government’s draft Overseas NGO Management legislation, the Council worked with members and key partners to develop and send the following letter to Chinese officials on June 3rd, 2015. We look forward to continuing to monitor this legislation, the likely ensuing implementation process, and working with all of you on this and other issues impacting your ability to flow philanthropic dollars across borders. As this situation develops, the Council will continue to provide a space for our members to convene and discuss strategy for how we collectively address the implications of this legislation.

Monday, June 1, 2015

This week, American Bar Association (ABA) has selected the Council’s Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs Suzanne Friday for its prestigious “Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award” in recognition of “distinguished service by a nonprofit – in-house counsel.”

Friday, May 29, 2015

On May 27, the Council on Foundations and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) hosted a conference call on China's Draft Law on Management of Overseas NGOs and its potential impact on U.S. funders and other organizations working in and with China. More than 130 participants registered to join the conversation, which discussed a range of possible concerns with the proposed Chinese legislation. The call featured non-profit law experts and a funder working in China, as well as Council staff who described the Council’s planned submission of comments on the draft legislation.