Council Events

Past Events

Philanthropy Week in Washington provides the opportunity to highlight the role and power of philanthropy in our country and across the globe. During Philanthropy Week in Washington, we shine a spotlight on American philanthropy’s critical role as a unique stakeholder in collective efforts to address some of today’s toughest challenges. Working with government, business, civic leaders and nonprofits, philanthropy can be a dynamic partner that leverages its resources and leadership for the common good. The week is also a channel to raise philanthropy’s voices to members of Congress, federal policymakers, and other Washington influencers, and remind them of what philanthropy and government can accomplish together.

We invite all globally-inclined attendees of the 2016 Annual Conference to join us for our Annual Global Philanthropy dinner on April 9th. Dinner will feature a number of leading experts who will discuss how the global migration challenge is impacting communities around the world, the root causes and challenges that have led to growing migration flows, and what role philanthropy can play when responding to this crisis.

Participants will travel to Baltimore for a daylong look at the work that Baltimore's philanthropic and civic leaders are doing to move the city forward. The programming will focus on the ecosystem of factors impacting the long-term vitality of a great American city.

For decades, foundations have made impact investments to complement grants, partnerships, advocacy, and other tools in the philanthropic toolbox. But how do you start your foundation down a path to use this emerging tactic? Incorporating impact investing into your foundation’s philanthropic strategy requires thoughtful planning among foundation leaders and trustees. This interactive, one-day workshop will explore whether impact investing is right for your foundation, what you need to consider, and what steps you need to take to begin incorporating impact investing into your foundation’s philanthropic strategy.

This day-long event will bring together key leaders of US and European foundations working internationally and on global issues to discuss complex systemic challenges Foundations are tackling, including climate change and migration.

This one-day workshop will explore how a wide range of foundations are playing effective roles in improving economic outcomes and prospects for rural communities and regions. The workshop will feature case studies, strategies and tactics that foundation and community leaders are using to help strengthen family and community economic success in ways that reduce inequality and increase prosperity for all.

The Future of Community: Identity. Purpose. Place

This event is sold out. A well-trained staff and an informed board are critical to the success of community foundations in our fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and experienced foundation stakeholders build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management.

Storytelling is a powerful way to broadly engage a community and hear from voices that often go unheard. Hear how storytelling has brought residents together, bridged long-standing divides, and ultimately helped community foundations make positive, lasting, and meaningful impact. This free, 60-minute conversation is co-sponsored by Council on Foundations and Orton Family Foundation and focuses on storytelling in the Community Heart & Soul™ method of community development.

We are pleased to invite New York City-based funders to join the Council on Foundations, the SDG Philanthropy Platform and Philanthropy New York at the 92nd St. Y on March 18th to discuss how work already underway in New York City supports the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This Quarterly Member Update focuses on two major bodies of work. During the first portion of the update, conversation will focus on the Council’s public policy Guideposts, which are the framework for our policy work. These Guideposts have informed the development of the 2016 Philanthropy Platform, and are previewed during the discussion. The second half of the discussion is a preview of programming for the 2016 Annual Conference. This year’s focus on The Future of Community will provide the field with a forward-looking view of the issues that will shape our work for years to come.

Attending Foundations on the Hill in April? Curious about how the fast-paced, animated, and often complex political environment can trickle down to influence your work? Wondering about whether tax reform will ever happen and, when it does, how these changes will impact philanthropy? During this webinar, you will hear how current debates here in our nation’s capital affect the work you do in your community. Experts discuss how what's happening on Capitol Hill could impact foundations, along with what is and is not on the radar screen of policymakers in Washington.

Hosted in partnership with GuideStar, this webinar will discuss the various ways data standards are already improving the grantmaking process for both funders and grantees. Conversation will also address how foundations can participate in these initiatives and promote a better information system for the sector.

Last time, Winter Storm Jonas launched a furious blitz and knocked us off our game. But after a brief huddle, we're back to the line of scrimmage for the first Legal Lunch Series of 2016. Attorneys Suzanne Friday and Bryan Del Rosario will team up to tackle several legal issues that your organization is or may experience. Take a timeout and join us Thursday, February 11 at 1 PM EST.

Before you engage with policymakers, it is important to have a solid understanding of the legal rules that apply. This webinar covers the fundamentals of how, when, and to what extent different types of foundations can engage with policymakers, their staff, or candidates running for public office. Through dynamic hypotheticals, speakers discuss what advocacy activity you as a foundation can do, what your staff can do, and what your grantees may do with your support.

In partnership with Guidestar, this webinar features Council on Foundations attorneys Suzanne Friday and Bryan Del Rosario as they review some fundamental issues associated with board governance. Topics include: 1) board structure (size and composition); 2) the role of committees and the board’s ability to delegate; and 3) the necessary policies and procedures every board should adopt. The value of diversity in foundation boards are also be discussed.

Investors are facing one of the worst starts to a calendar year on record. Volatility in China, rising interest rates in the US, and falling oil prices have all contributed to the markets’ unease. The ongoing correction has seen stock prices tumble more than 10% from their most recent peak, and many are wondering if 2016 will have more drops in store. At the same time, many experts believe that the US economy remains fundamentally strong and that recent turbulence could pass.

The Council policy and legal staff answered FAQs and other questions about the IRA Charitable Rollover.

As we approach the end of the year, join Council Leadership as we take a look back at some highlights from 2015 and take a look forward at what’s on the horizon for 2016. Discussion will cover the multiple ways in which the Council has fostered community among philanthropic leadership and how our members have played an integral role in building community within their own neighborhoods.

The Council on Foundations, Northern California Grantmakers, and SDG Philanthropy Platform are excited to host a meeting in San Francisco on December 15, 2015 to discuss how ongoing work by funders in California supports the newly announced universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).