Public Policy Events

Past Events

As communities and the nation begin the process of recovery, how can philanthropy support a more equitable, inclusive future through civic engagement and advocacy? Join this Leading Together 2021 preconference session to hear from thought leaders, foundation executives, and advocates who are working at the forefront of social change and challenging existing policies that maintain the status quo.
In response to the racial reckoning in 2020, foundations have sought many perspectives to learn how they can support racial justice, shift power, and more effectively engage communities in grantmaking decisions. Moving beyond the basic practices that many foundations are already incorporating, this workshop will examine how foundations can incorporate a racial equity perspective in their overall strategy setting and implementation planning at both the institutional level and the programmatic level.
Many foundations are exploring potential new programs in response to the pandemic, racial reckoning, and threats to our democracy, among many other challenges. This workshop will introduce a structured, efficient process that foundations can use to quickly learn ‘the lay of the land’ in potential new spaces and identify how they can complement – and learn from – the efforts of others as they seek to generate meaningful, measurable impact.
As our world becomes more uncertain, planning for the future becomes more important, but also more difficult. This interactive workshop will introduce fundamental tools used in scenario analysis and risk management and show how foundations can apply these tools to predict how economic, social/political, and environmental changes might affect their grantees and their beneficiaries. It will also provide guidance for making contingency plans to respond to possible dramatic changes in their operating environment.
Join David Kass, the Council's Vice President of Government Affairs, for a members only discussion on the Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving draft policy proposal. We will discuss what is included in the proposal and what we are hearing from the Hill. Most importantly though, we want to hear from you! What questions do you have?
From COVID-19 and the CARES Act to the November election – how will philanthropy be impacted? The Council on Foundation’s 2020 Public Policy Summit will engage foundation leaders from around the country to learn from peers, policy experts and government leaders about the most pressing policy issues of the day.
"How much should we spend?" It's an essential question for all funders and an especially complex one for endowed private foundations. Based on an upcoming issue brief of the same name, this webinar will help you revisit your foundation's role as an investment steward. It will introduce the surprisingly wide spectrum of equally valid choices endowed foundations have made in balancing permanence, purpose, and payout. And it will provide ideas for helping your own board or family thoughtfully answer "How much should we spend?"
The health and economic impact of COVID-19 has continued to ripple through communities across the country and the world. Congress is discussing additional legislation to address some of the challenges faced by workers, businesses, nonprofits, and communities. Hear from experts about how provisions being discussed may impact the charitable sector. For any questions please reach out to govt@cof.org. A reminder this conversation is off the record.
The philanthropic sector's ability to influence public policy has been a pathway to significant social change in the United States. Using the current global crisis as a backdrop, this session will focus on a discussion of policy engagement through a health policy lens.
What is in the $2 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus bill that passed Congress on Friday, March 27? How will the bill impact the philanthropic sector? Join this policy briefing to hear top experts explain what you need to know in order to support your operations and the work of your grantees.
The FOTH Congressional Reception is being hosted by the Council on Foundations for friends of the philanthropic sector in Congress, FOTH attendees, and philanthropic colleagues in Washington. Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) and Rep. George Holding (R-NC) will be recognized for their legislative leadership on philanthropic issues that enhance foundations’ ability to serve the greater good and to promote incentives for charitable giving.
The alphabet soup of global regulatory acronyms – FARA, FATF, and De-Risking to name a few – can lead to confusion for grantmakers. Join us for an update and discussion for how these regulations affect global grantmakers today.
Leading Together 2019 is a gathering of leaders in philanthropy and other influencers in business, government, and academia eager to connect, learn, and share with one another. We take learning and relationships seriously. Talks go deep and connect dots. Connections are welcomed and real.
What are post-graduation scholarships and how can foundations and their communities benefit from them?
The Excellence in Public-Philanthropic Partnerships Exchange (Exchange) hosted a webinar featuring the California College Pathways (CCP) Project, which recently received the 2018 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.