Private Philanthropy Update - November 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:43 pm
Natalie Ross

In case you missed it, last month the Council announced our next leader. We are honored that Kathleen P. Enright will become the Council’s new President and CEO, effective March 5, 2019. For the last 17 years, Kathleen has led Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). Kathleen’s appointment equips the Council to become a better partner in a rapidly shifting landscape.

Since the announcement, I’ve met with Council members and partners during recent trips to Atlanta, Minneapolis, and New York. Many know and have worked with Kathleen, and are excited about her history of collaboration and partnership as a trusted leader in philanthropy. We believe Kathleen 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 field. I hope you’ll join us in welcoming Kathleen to the Council over the next few months.

If you aren't familiar with Kathleen, a recent article she authored in the Stanford Social Innovation Review about power in philanthropy is a great example of her leadership in the social sector.  

As we prepare for 2019, we have a lot of exciting organizational developments, including an office move back to downtown Washington, DC, next February. We have also kicked off our 2019 membership renewal cycle – in the last few weeks, each Council member should have received dues invoices virtually and physically. If you want to let us know your intentions for renewal (and make sure that you don’t keep receiving renewal notices), please fill out this form. If you have any questions about your 2019 membership, please contact We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2019!



Natalie Ross
Vice President, External Relations
Ph.: 703-879-0627


Council Member Meeting and Awards | November 28
Washington, DC

The Council on Foundations Awards Program was established to recognize excellence in philanthropy and honor exemplary leaders for their dedication to exploring creative ways to advance the common good. This year’s ceremony, held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on November 28, 2018, will recognize four distinct awards that recognize excellence in philanthropy. The event will include a Council Member Meeting, Awards Ceremony, and Networking Reception.


Racial Equity Forums: Philanthropy and Government

The Council on Foundations and National League of Cities, with support from the Lumina Foundation, will bring together philanthropic and government leaders in three cities to raise awareness about the social impact of structural racism while highlighting current efforts to dissolve and resolve racial conflict and disparity. The series kicked off with a session in Washington, DC, in October.

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Leading Together 2019 | April 29 – May 1, 2019

Registration for our 2019 conference has officially launched! Our Leading Together 2019 conference will include:

  • 3 PRECONFERENCE SESSIONS diving into topics such as advocacy, communities in crisis, and new, innovative approaches to international grantmaking.
  • 3 SITE SESSIONS to get you out in Miami and witness local philanthropy in action. Choose from a visit to the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Everglades and rural South Dade, or Liberty City and Brickell.
  • 18 CONCURRENT SESSIONS across four tracks: Bridging Divides, Climate Impacts & Vulnerabilities, Inclusive Economic Development, and Philanthropic Practice.
  • 5 NETWORKING EVENTS connecting you to foundation leaders and celebrating milestones including the Council’s 70th anniversary.



Upcoming Webinars

What The 2018 Midterm Outcomes Mean For the 116th Congress
Wednesday, November 14, 2:00 pm –3:00 pm ET

California College Pathways: A Case Study On How Strategic Philanthropy Leads To Systematic Change
Thursday, November 15, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Don’t Be Caught Off-Guard This Tax Season: A Guide For Navigating The New UBIT Rules
Tuesday, November 20, 2:00 pm –3:00 pm ET


What’s Next for Paul Allen’s Big Investments? Its Not Clear.: Speculation remains over Allen’s estate after his death on October 15th , via AP News

How to Create Better Nonprofit Executive Teams: Only 19 percent of nonprofit executive team members strongly agree that their teams focus on the right work. To improve the performance of these vital groups, leaders should ask five critical questions, via Stanford Social Innovation Review

Payoff: Years of Investments in Parkinson’s Research is Yielding New Breakthroughs and Momentum: Private Philanthropy dollars are making big strides in Parkinson’s research, via Inside Philanthropy

Podcast: Using Philanthropy to Explore the World’s Oceans: The President and Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute discusses philanthropic partnerships and deep sea discovery, via Chronicle of Philanthropy

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