Global Philanthropy Update - October 2018

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 2:24 pm
Natalie Ross

It’s an exciting month at the Council! We are honored to announce that Kathleen P. Enright will be our new President and CEO, effective March 5. She will provide the kind of strong, forward-thinking leadership the field of philanthropy needs in this moment of unprecedented change, opportunity, and potential in our country and our sector.

For the last 17 years, Kathleen has led Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). Kathleen’s appointment equips the Council to become a better partner and contributor in the rapidly shifting landscape of the world and the philanthropic field.

Amidst the excitement of this announcement, here are a few things that I’ve been discussing with Council members and partners this month:

  • Closing Space and impacts on cross-border philanthropy – along with hearing stories of increased challenges for international non-profits working in Pakistan, I’ve had several conversations in recent weeks about the increasing challenges of working in a number of other countries as well, from difficulties with bank accounts in Venezuela to enhanced sanctions in Syria and EU action on NGO restrictions in Hungary. Please be in touch as you face new challenges due to changes in laws and regulations that impact cross-border giving. The Council works closely with foundations working all over the world and can help connect you with resources, partners, and/or peer funders as needed to assist your grantmaking.
  • Disaster Response & Climate Change – the recent earthquake in Indonesia was devastating, leveling the city of Palu. As cleanup there continues, other communities around the world are also responding to changing weather conditions that impact weather and cause or worsen natural disasters. The recent report by the global Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was a call for help and call to action for the world. Can we truly bring “all hands” on deck to respond, and how will philanthropy engage, especially following new philanthropic commitments made at the Global Climate Action Summit?
  • Human Capital – The World Bank released their new and much anticipated Human Capital Index this month. The Bank is attempting to explore linkages between education, health, and economic production within and across countries. The call to focus on and invest in people, not just institutions, infrastructure, and systems, to help achieve ambitious targets like ending extreme poverty for all reflects the Gates Foundation’s call via their 2018 Goalkeepers Report to focus on youth, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, to achieve the SDGs.

I’ll be in Minneapolis and Atlanta later this month – please reach out if you’re in the area and would like to catch up about your work and developments at the Council.

We’ve also kicked off our 2019 Membership Campaign. If you’re a current member and have questions about renewal, I’d be happy to connect. If you’re not a member and would like to learn more about joining the Council, please reach out to me or our membership team at



Natalie Ross
Vice President, External Relations

In-Person Events

Global City, Changing World
Minneapolis, Minnesota | October 31, 2018

Minneapolis is a hyper-global city. But what does this mean today, when globalism is increasingly challenged? I’m honored to join the Minneapolis Foundation later this month and share about how the Sustainable Development Goals can support global programs as communities like Minneapolis explore how to drive social change, at home and abroad.   


Leading Together 2019
Miami, Florida | April 29 - May 1, 2019

You can now register for our 2019 Leading Together Conference! While in Miami, we are excited to offer: 

  • 3 PRECONFERENCE SESSIONS, including one focused on international grantmaking.
  • 5 NETWORKING EVENTS, including our Global Philanthropy dinner.
  • 18 CONCURRENT SESSIONS across four tracks including Bridging Divides, Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities, Inclusive Economic Development, and Philanthropic Practice.

An inspiring mix of plenary speakers will also be announced over the coming months – register now to save your spot with us on South Beach!






Grantmaking into China: One Year into the ONGO Law
Tuesday October 23 | Tuesday October 23 | 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

As 2018 draws to a close and grant-makers are preparing for 2019, experts from International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and Give2Asia will discuss how the sector has learned and adapted to the Overseas NGO law. 


Webinar Series from the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICS)

FICS invites funders globally to join a webinar discussion on the rising threats of closing space to development and humanitarian action and possible funder/INGO responses.

  • Tuesday October 30th at 12PM EST - How can those who fund development and humanitarian action be helpful or harmful as civil society space closes? Featuring speakers from HIVOS, ADESO, and the Global Fund for Community Foundations
  • Thursday November 15th at 11am EST - How are the challenges to civil society space likely to shift in the future and how can funders of development and humanitarian action be on the front foot? Featuring speakers from CIVICUS, Oxfam Great Britain, and Charities Aid Foundation.

Please contact Sam Jacobs at to register.

Global NPO Coalition on FATF Update
Webinar Recording

Learn more about how the Global NPO Coalition is working on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), including  getting updates on advocacy efforts ahead of November’s G20 Summit, updates from a recent meeting with the FATF Secretariat in Paris, and a new Spanish-language FATF toolkit for non-profits.






2018 Giving Global Matrix, via Global Impact and KPMG

What are the tax, fiduciary and philanthropic requirements in 60 countries that impact grantmaking and civil society? The 2018 Giving Global Matrix details the type of regulations in each country and helps the private and nonprofit sectors navigate the complexities of international grantmaking. 

U.S Foundation Funding for Latin America, 2014-2015, via Foundation Center, Seattle International Foundation, and Hispanics in Philanthropy  

This updated resource includes an additional focus on grantmaking in Central America. Find information on the top 20 funders, funding by issue area or population group, and grantmaking trends.

5 Takeaways from the World Bank Meetings in Bali, via Devex

Philanthropic leaders at the Global Action Climate Summit made new commitments to funding climate change and were important catalysts in supporting the summit, which brought together leaders across sectors to discuss how to catalyze action on climate change globally. 

Objections Blunt Momentum for Foreign Lobbying Law Overhaul, via AP News

The push to enhance DOJ enforcement capability around Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) is stalled amid opposition from pro-business groups, nonprofits and privacy advocates. What will happen next?

Pakistan Expels NGOs in Crackdown on Dissent, via NonProfit Quarterly

Eighteen international NGOs have been expelled from Pakistan in recent days, reflecting growing restrictions on dissent from the Pakistani government.

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