Sustainable Development Goals

On September 25, 2015, 193 countries formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations. The Council’s president, Vikki Spruill, published an op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy last week, which urged philanthropic organizations to partner with others to help achieve the SDGs by 2030. The Council is committed to connecting our members with resources to learn more about the SDGs and understand how these global goals are relevant to their existing programs and strategies, globally and in the US, and provide an opportunity for philanthropy to lead together towards 2030.

Council Global Philanthropy Intern McQuillin Murphy reflects on what he learned participating in a Council co-hosted event at the Colombian Embassy on June 9 to introduce 35 foundations from Colombia to American philanthropy. The day featured panel discussions on a wide range of topics, including best practice in advocacy and public policy, new forms of U.S. philanthropy and social innovation, and community philanthropy.

At the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, more than 6000 attendees discussed how the global community delivers aid for the world’s most vulnerable people, especially given commitments to leave no one behind within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The two-day event included a mix of government representatives, civil society organizations, and the private sector, including more than 350 corporate attendees and 79 foundations.

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).

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Extender Negotiations Coming Down to the Wire; CRS Releases New Report on Endowments; Comments for IRS Gift Substantiation Proposal Due Soon; New Jersey Tax Challenge Heard 'Round the Country; Oregon Op-Ed Explains Why Charitable Giving Incentives are Important; and more!

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Take Action Now on Extenders; Bill Introduced to Simplify Car Donations; Comments for IRS Gift Substantiation Proposal Due Soon; Update on Financial Action Task Force (FATF); Donor Initiated Funding and the Public Support Test; Governors Order Nonprofits to Deny Services to Syrian Refugees; Domestic Philanthropy and Sustainable Development Goals; White House Briefing on Syrian Refugee Crisis; and more!

The Council on Foundations and the SDG Philanthropy Platform are excited to host a meeting in Little Rock on December 10, 2015 to discuss how the work already underway across Arkansas supports the newly announced universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Join us for a webinar on October 21st about the SDG Philanthropy Platform, aimed at helping philanthropy better engage in global development and the SDGs. Hear from partners and funders working on the new online platform SDGfunders.org, which will track philanthropic spending towards the MDGs and SDGs, as well as provide resources for funders working on issues related to the SDGs.