Professional Development

Are you new to philanthropy and unsure about the due diligence process for making a successful grant? Have you been in the field for several years, but are still unclear on the legal aspects of grantmaking or how to spot red flags in grantee financial statements? If you answered "yes" to any of the above, please consider joining us for NCG's 2014 New Grantmakers Institute.

The Council on Foundations is pleased to invite you to participate in a national study about professional development for nonprofit and philanthropic professionals and board members. The study is sponsored by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.

The Council is issuing a Call for Sessions to leading civil and social innovators. We are looking to you for well-developed sessions that offer diverse perspectives, concrete solutions, and fresh insights into our Spotlight Issue: The Role of Philanthropy in an Increasingly Polarized Society.

The Council on Foundations is proud to release the 2013 Grantmakers Salary Tables. This annual publication is one of the most comprehensive sets of data on U.S. foundations’ staff compensation available. The release of the Salary Tables preludes the upcoming Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report, which will go into greater detail about benefits packages offered at the nation’s foundations and corporate giving programs. - See more at: http://www.cof.org/content/announcing-2013-grantmakers-salary-and-benefits-report-salary-tables#sthash.Z2Eld9Lr.dpuf

In this Issue: Up on Capitol Hill, a focus on foreign policy overshadows tax reform this week; Tax Reform Tour continues; Another week, another tidbit on the IRS probe; Council on Foundations' Fall Conference for Community Foundations, Public Policy is on the Agenda!; Great Pre-Conference programming in San Diego on Sunday, September 22nd; Helping your Community Recover after a Natural Disaster; Working with Veterans; We're looking for your input; Articles that crossed our desk this week; More great opinion pieces

The study and practice of leadership has been on my mind for the past several months. Since July, I’ve been fortunate to participate in the Career Pathways Program through the Council on Foundations.

I recently had the opportunity to connect with several young nonprofit professionals at a lunch meeting. After learning about issues several were facing that ended up complicating work with grantees, I immediately suggested several free technology tools that could streamline their current work.