Council Events

Upcoming Events

The Council on Foundations will host our inaugural Public Policy Summit, April 11 – 13, 2018, in Philadelphia—the birthplace of the United States of America—on this very topic. We will welcome current and former elected officials, foundation leaders, and experts in this space, to lead discussions about the role philanthropy plays in affecting the civic and political processes that impact our society.

A premier convening for human resource leads of foundations to learn about trending topics, network, and gain valuable insight into complex HR issues.

Past Events

The Council on Foundations is working with our peer philanthropy networks Comunalia (in Mexico) and Community Foundations of Canada to organize the first-ever North American Community Foundation Summit: Leaving No One Behind which will be held in Mexico City in February 2018.

Test event

The CEO & Trustee Retreat will highlight what a successful partnership between the CEO and Board Chair looks like. The Retreat will profile successful partnerships, identify barriers to success and share tools for creating a successful relationship.

Increasingly, community foundations are thinking more broadly about how to support systemic change in local communities. On this call, you’ll hear how three foundations are investing in long-term transformation using Community Heart & Soul®, the Orton Family Foundation’s community development model.

Launched in 2014, The Veterans Philanthropy Exchange is a learning and sharing forum for philanthropic grantmakers, donors, and corporate giving programs supporting veterans and military family strategies. This "On Topic" convening is the inaugural mid-year meeting of the Exchange and will be focused on what funders have learned and what they continue to need to invest smartly to help veterans and their spouses transition to gainful employment, promising career paths, and relevant training and education for competitive advantage in the civilian labor market. Attendees will discuss whether philanthropic grantmaking can be used to define and yield drive better employment outcomes for veterans.

Continuing this fall, the Council on Foundations is launching its fourth quarter of the webinar series focused on legal issues facing foundations. This month is focused on community foundations and preparing for year-end.

Community Foundation Week (#CFWeek) is a prime opportunity to highlight the critical role of community philanthropy in supporting a thriving local community.

Leaders from the higher education, philanthropic and corporate sectors will come together for a unique convening designed to explore the impact of implicit bias on leadership and operational excellence. This event is by invitation only.

A well-trained staff and an informed board are critical to the success of community foundations in our fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and experienced foundation stakeholders build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management.

Every year, billions of dollars are distributed in response to disasters and humanitarian crises. How much of this comes from foundations? What are other sources of funding? How much funding addresses long-term recovery and disaster risk reduction, in addition to emergency response and immediate relief?

This monthly call is for community foundations staff to connect with the National Standards staff and to ask questions related to the National Standards program.

For philanthropy, the year 2017 has brought a number of issues to the forefront: tax reform has moved to center stage on Capitol Hill; proposals for massive government budget cuts have turned eyes towards philanthropy to fill the gap; and recent incidents like Charlottesville, Va. and the Texas flooding have reminded the sector once again that communities need philanthropy’s engagement now more than ever before. In the final Council Member Update for 2017, Council on Foundations president and CEO Vikki Spruill will discuss the year’s landscape, the challenges and opportunities seen by philanthropy and the initiatives the Council has on the horizon to amplify and strengthen the work of the sector. She will be joined on the call by senior vice president for government relations, Hadar Susskind, who will speak to the Council’s efforts to advocate on behalf of the sector, as he provides a policy update around the various tax reform efforts underway.

This webinar will update Council members on the status of the President's 2018 Federal Budget, Congressional appropriations actions to date, and what the likely impacts will be on nonprofits and the social safety net as Congress continues its effort to arrive at a final budget.