Global Program Updates

Natalie Ross discusses the news from the Council, including the announcement of Kathleen Enright as the new president and CEO and upcoming events, as well as issues philanthropic organizations working globally are facing.

The UN’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York City this month was an opportunity for governments and partners to review global progress on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the meetings, 47 countries completed Voluntary National Reviews to show progress on the SDGs, along with New York City, the first municipality to do so. The U.S. did not complete a voluntary national review. Canada did, and the Canadian’s analysis of their work on the SDGs highlighted several commitments, including $100M in 2018 to go toward a new SDG Unit to better support SDG implementation and coordination.

This June, the House Committee on Natural Resources sent a letter to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), in which committee members asserted that NRDC may need to register under FARA. Natalie Ross details why several of the reasons outlined by the committee could apply to many U.S. Foundations working internationally. If the language is not tightened, there could be significant unintended and negative impacts on U.S. non-profits.

Natalie Ross discusses the concept of power in philanthropy, including a new Grantcraft guide as well as the book New Power, and outlines new opportunities for global grantmakers to engage with the Council.

Global grantmaking and international issues remain a priority for the Council, from our leadership on the Board of WINGS, to programming and resources for global grantmakers and our continued commitment to working on the SDGs. To help lead this work, we welcomed a new Atlas Corps Global Fellow in late March—Caroline Needles—from Canada who will spend more than a year at the Council, helping lead our international program. I hope you’ll connect with her during her time here at the Council!

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.