Council on Foundations

Council on Foundations The Council on Foundations is a nonprofit membership association providing philanthropic organizations with the leadership and tools they need to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good.
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The Council on Foundations (www.cof.org), formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public, and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council’s mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

Mission: The Council's mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

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Thank you, Anthem Inc., JD Sports-Finish Line, General Mills and Blackbaud Inc. for providing insight into our new repor...
08/13/2020

Thank you, Anthem Inc., JD Sports-Finish Line, General Mills and Blackbaud Inc. for providing insight into our new report: Navigating Mergers & Acquisitions. Your insight is invaluable. Download the Report Today! https://bit.ly/3ix3Xc6

In our new report we've identified four steps to navigating a merger and acquisition. Learn more by downloading the repo...
08/12/2020

In our new report we've identified four steps to navigating a merger and acquisition. Learn more by downloading the report today.https://bit.ly/31LZQCo

We regularly hear from corporate philanthropy practitioners facing the prospect of a business merger or acquisition. Des...
08/11/2020

We regularly hear from corporate philanthropy practitioners facing the prospect of a business merger or acquisition. Despite the frequency of these events, there is no playbook when it comes to combining the philanthropic activities and programs of two enterprises. We partnered with to develop a new Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions report to provide Guidance for Corporate Philanthropy Leaders as they create a roadmap for addressing these questions.

We partnered w/ Rocket Social Impact (@richmaiore) on a new report, Navigating Mergers & Acquisitions: Guidance for Corp...
08/10/2020
Navigating Mergers & Acquisitions: Guidance for Corporate Philanthropy Leaders

We partnered w/ Rocket Social Impact (@richmaiore) on a new report, Navigating Mergers & Acquisitions: Guidance for Corporate Philanthropy to provide details for your company to consider as you combine your philanthropic programs. DOWNLOAD TODAY: https://tinyurl.com/y4cnuv48

The Council on Foundations' Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions report is a roadmap for corporate philanthropy leaders facing critical questions and considerations about combining philanthropies during times of a business merger or acquisition. This resource, informed by substantive dialogue with co...

#ICYMI our VP of Programs and Peer Engagement sat down for an interview with LaPiana Consultants for their latest instal...
07/24/2020
An Interview with Karon Moody Harden, Council on Foundations - La Piana

#ICYMI our VP of Programs and Peer Engagement sat down for an interview with LaPiana Consultants for their latest installment of Black & Bold: Perspectives on Leadership to discuss the importance of saying no, mentorship, and the journey to self-advocacy. https://bit.ly/2WSDGwr

  In this Black and Bold interview, Karon Moody Harden and Makiyah Moody discuss the importance of saying no, the significance of developing a relationship with a mentor, and the journey of self advocacy.   Makiyah Moody: Thank you for tuning in for this installation of Black & Bold: Perspectives ...

"No single fund can solve life-or-death issues facing people with disabilities today. Therefore, all funders need to int...
05/29/2020
What People With Disabilities Need From Foundations (Letters to the Editor)

"No single fund can solve life-or-death issues facing people with disabilities today. Therefore, all funders need to intentionally include people with disabilities in their work that is applicable — from hunger to education, homelessness to employment." The Chronicle of Philanthropy
https://bit.ly/2B4BIkH

Grants have been hard to find for groups that are providing essential services to those with disabilities and looking ahead to what comes next.

"By recognizing and resourcing the powerful & visionary organizing led by people of color & other marginalized communiti...
05/28/2020
COVID-19 and the Role of Philanthropy: How We Can Become Better Grantmakers

"By recognizing and resourcing the powerful & visionary organizing led by people of color & other marginalized communities, right now & in the long-term, we can emerge from this crisis as a stronger, more just, & more equitable society." - Borealis Philanthropy https://bit.ly/2Xx06Tx

Over the past couple of months, the impacts of COVID-19 have expanded in ways that have challenged us in philanthropy to reflect on our role right now. The challenges brought about by this global pandemic are in fact an opportunity for us to become better grantmakers—to trust the leadership o

"There are some clear advocacy wins, some partial successes, and areas in which more work needs to be done." Check out t...
05/27/2020
Review and Recap of Nonprofit Provisions in the HEROES Act

"There are some clear advocacy wins, some partial successes, and areas in which more work needs to be done." Check out the National Council of Nonprofits recap of the nonprofit provisions in the HEROS Act. https://bit.ly/2A6qawW

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act), a 1,815 page. See also this one-pager, a Section-by-Section Summary, and the Manager’s Amendment filed on May 14. The bill is expected to come up for a vote in ...

Now more than ever, vulnerable communities need us to stand up and speak out!  We’ve teamed up with Center for Disaster ...
05/26/2020
COVID-19: How Philanthropy Can Stand Up for Vulnerable Populations

Now more than ever, vulnerable communities need us to stand up and speak out! We’ve teamed up with Center for Disaster Philanthropy to co-host a dynamic conversation. Join us TODAY (5/26) at 2PM for a discussion on How Philanthropy Can Stand Up for Vulnerable Populations. https://tinyurl.com/yaz6kktp

With COVID-19 there seem to be more questions than answers, particularly for funders who want to respond effectively and efficiently. The Council is a co-sponsor of the COVID-19 webinar series from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), which brings expert panelists together to address some of....

Responding to your community’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic is complicated. We've got you covered with tips and to...
05/20/2020
Council Resources for Responding to COVID-19

Responding to your community’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic is complicated. We've got you covered with tips and tools designed special for community foundations: https://bit.ly/2ZfZLHr

Curated resources from the Council on Foundations that may be helpful for responding to COVID-19. M indicates this content is available to Council members only.

Interested in learning more about the strategic role technology can play in your organization's roadmap? Join us and Tec...
05/20/2020
Strategic Use of IT for Community Foundation Success

Interested in learning more about the strategic role technology can play in your organization's roadmap? Join us and Technology Association of Grantmakers next week (5/27) for a free webinar. Registration is still open: https://bit.ly/2zfofWH

Designed to inform foundation executives as well as IT leaders on the strategic role technology can play in your organization's roadmap. Learn how a strategic IT roadmap from technology selection and implementation to internal governance and process design can play a strategic part in your organizat...

COVID-19 has changed how grantmakers are responding locally, nationally and globally. View and bookmark our events page ...
05/19/2020
Upcoming Events on COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 has changed how grantmakers are responding locally, nationally and globally. View and bookmark our events page so you don't miss out on our upcoming webinars covering the many different aspects of responding to this global pandemic. https://bit.ly/2zQWp2S

Over the past weeks, COVID-19 has changed how grantmakers are responding locally, nationally, and globally. Disaster and crisis management plans are changing by the hour. Foundations around the country are launching local response funds, shifting to immediate operational and unrestricted grants, and...

Having an up-to-date cybersecurity strategy is key to ensuring your foundation’s ability to respond to this ongoing cris...
05/19/2020
Strengthening Cyber Security for Foundations & Nonprofit Partners

Having an up-to-date cybersecurity strategy is key to ensuring your foundation’s ability to respond to this ongoing crisis. View the recording from our webinar with Technology Association of Grantmakers https://bit.ly/2XbiVvh

COVID-19 has revealed the inadequacies of many foundation and nonprofit virtual strategies. Having an up-to-date cybersecurity strategy is key to ensuring your foundation’s ability to respond to this ongoing crisis while enabling and empowering your nonprofit partners to accomplish their missions....

COVID-19 is bringing up some important #QTNA, particularly for funders who want to respond efficiently. Join us and Cent...
05/12/2020
COVID-19: Place-Based Grantmakers and Investing in Local Communities

COVID-19 is bringing up some important #QTNA, particularly for funders who want to respond efficiently. Join us and Center for Disaster Philanthropy today, (5/12) at 2pm to address some of these pressing issues, including investing in local communities. https://bit.ly/2zvVoNG

With COVID-19 there seem to be more questions than answers, particularly for funders who want to respond effectively and efficiently. The Council is a co-sponsor of the COVID-19 webinar series from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), which brings expert panelists together to address some of....

05/12/2020
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While foundations are asked to rise to the challenge of the crisis, endowments have declined in value due to market downturns. Join Common Fund today, (5/12) at 1pm to discuss the potential implications of COVID-19 and community foundations. Register: https://bit.ly/2LnJwji

While communities figure out how and when to proceed to "new normal" operations, the philanthropic sector is creating wa...
05/04/2020
How Can We Make Money Available to Individuals in Need During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

While communities figure out how and when to proceed to "new normal" operations, the philanthropic sector is creating ways to make money available to individuals in need. This resource provides some key considerations: https://tinyurl.com/y8wkpbkc

Many private and corporate foundations and giving programs are grappling with how to quickly respond to those most in need in their community as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads globally. This often means funding in new and different ways, including possibly making grants to individuals. Many corpor...

Should organizations ease paperwork requirements for grantees? What are the legal basics of #COVID-19 response funds? We...
05/04/2020
Tips and Resources for Community Foundations Responding to COVID-19

Should organizations ease paperwork requirements for grantees? What are the legal basics of #COVID-19 response funds? We've answered these questions and more in our newest tips and tools resource for #CommunityFoundations. https://tinyurl.com/ycjfw4b3

Responding to your community’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic is complicated. How you can combat the outbreak and its deepening impact on public health and the economy will differ from place to place. However, effective practices are emerging among community foundations that are applicable and...

NEW RESOURCE: As the lifeblood of community giving, we're grateful #CommunityFoundations have remained active and strong...
05/01/2020
Tips and Resources for Community Foundations Responding to COVID-19

NEW RESOURCE: As the lifeblood of community giving, we're grateful #CommunityFoundations have remained active and strong. As your partner, we're here to bring you up-to-date resources and info. Here are few new tips and tools for Community Foundations https://tinyurl.com/ycjfw4b3

Responding to your community’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic is complicated. How you can combat the outbreak and its deepening impact on public health and the economy will differ from place to place. However, effective practices are emerging among community foundations that are applicable and...

As restrictions lift and employers restart operations, some employees may not be able to return due to school closures o...
05/01/2020
Comprehensive Coronavirus Legislation Guide for the Charitable Sector

As restrictions lift and employers restart operations, some employees may not be able to return due to school closures or unavailable of daycare services? Check out our breakdown of the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act . https://tinyurl.com/y8ueju2p

Since the Coronavirus was introduced into the United States over two months ago, Congress has passed four separate packages to address a wide variety of issues and support the health care sector, businesses, individuals and families. While a majority of the relief will target businesses, individuals...

#ICYMI - As the world remains socially distant, philanthropy is reinforcing the importanct of connectivity and collabora...
05/01/2020
Engaging in Collaboration and Philanthropic Partnerships for COVID-19 Response

#ICYMI - As the world remains socially distant, philanthropy is reinforcing the importanct of connectivity and collaboration. View this recording to learn how partnerships are forming and expanding across the country. https://tinyurl.com/y74w2rrt

Philanthropy is undertaking massive efforts in this country to more effectively collaborate and coordinate quickly among various funders, stakeholders and community partners in response to COVID-19—and all without the power of convening in person. In this time of crisis, what do we need to do diff...

#ICYMI - Learn what's at stake with the count! Communities need our support more than ever to ensure the 2020 Census rea...
04/30/2020
2020 Census & COVID-19: What Funders Can Do To Support a Fair and Accurate Count

#ICYMI - Learn what's at stake with the count! Communities need our support more than ever to ensure the 2020 Census reaches every person and neighborhood across the country! VIEW RECORDING: https://tinyurl.com/y9ex4m3c

This call offered a status update on the 2020 Census, which began in earnest mid-March, just as COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Participants heard from national and state-based philanthropic leaders to learn what’s at stake with the count, where self-response is lagging in historically un...

Having an up-to-date cybersecurity strategy is key to ensuring your foundation’s ability to respond to this ongoing cris...
04/30/2020
Strengthening Cyber Security for Foundations & Nonprofit Partners

Having an up-to-date cybersecurity strategy is key to ensuring your foundation’s ability to respond to this ongoing crisis. Join us and Technology Association of Grantmakers, Thurs., (5/7) for a FREE webinar. REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/y8flm3ut to discuss this topic and more.

COVID-19 has revealed the inadequacies of many foundation and nonprofit virtual strategies. Having an up-to-date cybersecurity strategy is key to ensuring your foundation’s ability to respond to this ongoing crisis while enabling and empowering your nonprofit partners to accomplish their missions....

THANK YOU for taking the pledge! We've surpassed 700 signatories. Join us as we support our communities and nonprofit pa...
04/23/2020

THANK YOU for taking the pledge! We've surpassed 700 signatories. Join us as we support our communities and nonprofit partners hit hardest by #COVID-19 #TakeThePledge https://tinyurl.com/stk72sc

The priceless learning taking place during this season has shifted the thinking of many organizations. We've teamed up w...
04/20/2020
Listening and Learning from Nonprofit Partners During Disasters

The priceless learning taking place during this season has shifted the thinking of many organizations. We've teamed up with @CEPData for a FREE webinar the Thurs. (4/23) to hear how funders have and can develop a culture of listening. Register Today! https://tinyurl.com/y9tqx2ut

More than 600 philanthropic organizations have committed to listening to their partners—especially to those communities least heard—and lifting up those voices to inform and influence their decision-making. At the same time, these organization recognize that the best solutions to the manifold cr...

04/16/2020

As the Council stands with our sector peers and partners, we urge others to join us in amplifying and signing on to these commitments. #TakethePledge https://bit.ly/2RHyAAu

The world’s leading corporations play an outsized role in either exacerbating the crisis or rising to demonstrate bold l...
04/14/2020

The world’s leading corporations play an outsized role in either exacerbating the crisis or rising to demonstrate bold leadership, but how are they coming together? This joint letter provides some interesting insight. https://tinyurl.com/sfc2b2o

Here's our quick summary of the COVID-19 bill. More details to come! https://bit.ly/2JfosKG
03/26/2020
U.S. Government Action on COVID-19

Here's our quick summary of the COVID-19 bill. More details to come! https://bit.ly/2JfosKG

Update on Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act On March 25, the Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus package to help American workers and businesses mitigate the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The House is expected to vote on the bill on Friday, March...

Organizations are stepping up in a major way...but there's still work to do. #ICYMI We're hosting a call on March 26 at ...
03/24/2020

Organizations are stepping up in a major way...but there's still work to do. #ICYMI We're hosting a call on March 26 at 2PM to discuss the best ways to provide support to grantees following the imapct of #COVID19. Register Here: https://bit.ly/2UeMqfo

More than 1,000 nonprofits have endorsed the bipartisan @SenatorLankford amendment to expand charitable giving during th...
03/23/2020
Sign-on Letter for Lankford Amendment

More than 1,000 nonprofits have endorsed the bipartisan @SenatorLankford amendment to expand charitable giving during the #COVID19 crisis. Has your organization signed yet? https://bit.ly/3bmrWHy

Learn more about how the 2020 Census will impact the work of charitable nonprofits and what you can do to secure a fair, accurate, and complete count.

We are honored to support the 60+ funders who have committed to providing grantees with the flexibility and grace to res...
03/19/2020

We are honored to support the 60+ funders who have committed to providing grantees with the flexibility and grace to respond swiftly and confidently in the midst of crisis. Take the pledge now: http://bit.ly/2Qwdd4F

Thanks again to the following organizations for speaking during our COVID-19 Funder to Funder Call:  Medtronic Foundatio...
03/12/2020

Thanks again to the following organizations for speaking during our COVID-19 Funder to Funder Call: Medtronic Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Seattle Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Berks County Community Foundation, Gates Foundation. Visit our resource hub for additonal information on #COVID19: http://bit.ly/2wNjEtk

03/12/2020
www.councilofnonprofits.org

“Nonprofits must be expressly included in tax and other relief targeted to small businesses"- Yesterday we signed onto a letter distributed to the Hill advocating for nonprofits to be considered in any Coronavirus relief package. Thank you National Council of Nonprofits for your leadership on this matter! https://tinyurl.com/sjpd72x

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New article: Grantmaking Foundations’ Asset Management, Payout Rates, and Longevity Under Changing Market Conditions: Results From a Monte Carlo Simulation Study
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Reconsidering the philanthropic foundation minimum payout policy under a “new normal”
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