Global Philanthropy

In collaborative partnership, Global Impact, Blackbaud, Council on Foundations and Foundation Center developed a new resource to support organizations in aligning and tracking charitable giving to the United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More specifically, the creation of “Global Goals Mapping: A Resource for Social Good Organizations” supports goal 17, which is to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Global Goals Mapping is a comprehensive resource list that maps giving and volunteerism using both the IRS National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) codes and the United Nations International Classification of Nonprofit Organizations (ICNPO) codes to classify the activity and programs of charities and connect them to the SDGs and related targets. It creates a shared alignment resource and common language to support all organizations across sectors in their efforts to map their contributions toward the SDGs.

At the Council, we have seen a growing trend in community foundations of all sizes and geographies asking about how to make international grants, often from donor or corporate advised funds. Our latest publication is a new global philanthropy report with the Foundation Center—Local Communities with Global Reach: International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations. This report is the first-ever analysis of international giving by large U.S. community foundations and I think another example of disruption within our traditional community foundation model, as we found that community foundation global grantmaking has drastically increased in the last decade.

Recently, Council staff traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join more than 50 funders to discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are relevant to local challenges facing communities across the Southwest. The gathering was the sixth city in a series of national conversations about the SDGs. In each city, from San Francisco to Jacksonville to New York City, the Council has partnered with a regional philanthropy association as well as leading local funders to co-host events that are inherently international while also hyper-local at the same time. Our respective networks and expertise have been critical assets in expanding this work on global goals around the country.

Continuing this fall, the Council on Foundations is launching its fourth quarter of this virtual series focused on legal issues facing foundations. In this webinar, participants will learn how to navigate complicated decisions regarding international grantmaking, specifically how to appropriately apply expenditure responsibility and equivalency determinations when necessary.

July's monthly global update features the Council's first-ever analysis of international giving by large U.S. community foundations, recent and upcoming global events, cross-border philanthropy news, and the Council's 2016 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits (GSB) Full Report.

The Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation are excited to co-host a meeting in the Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 4, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across the Southwest supports achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.