Global Philanthropy Update - November 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:18 pm
Natalie Ross

Although votes in some races are still being counted, we know the results of the US midterm election will lead to changes in Washington in the new year that may impact global grantmakers. From changing Congressional committee leaders to upcoming reviews of US foreign assistance and the 2020 budget process starting in 2019, there are many ways the outcomes of this month’s election can influence the work you support in countries around the world.

These four analyses explore how the election results may impact key policies and institutions that US grantmakers work with globally:

Throughout the coming months, we’ll be closely watching for movement on the globally-focused policy issues that the Council has been tracking, including the possibility of changes to the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

If you are interested in our analysis of how the new Congress might impact the philanthropy sector's public policy agenda, Council members can listen to our webinar from earlier this week, now available online.  

As we near the end of 2018, we have a lot of exciting organizational developments coming in the next year, including an office move back to downtown Washington, DC, in February and the arrival of Kathleen Enright as the Council’s next President & CEO on March 5th.

We’ve also kicked off our 2019 membership renewal cycle. Every Council member should have received their dues invoice in the last few weeks. Please let us know your intentions for renewal (and make sure that you don’t keep receiving renewal notices) with 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’s Signature

Natalie Ross
Vice President, External Relations

In-Person Events

Council Member Meeting and Awards Ceremony 
Washington, DC | November 28, 2018

The Council on Foundations Awards Program is hosting our first-ever stand-alone program celebrating philanthropic leaders at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on November 28, 2018. We will celebrate four distinct award winners, recognizing a diversity of excellence in philanthropy. The event will include a Council member meeting and the Awards ceremony, with a speech from Stephen Heintz, the 2018 Distinguished Service Award winner and president of the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, on the state of civil society and philanthropy in America today. The evening will conclude with a networking reception.


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

You can now register for The Council on Foundations: Leading Together 2019 Conference! The conference will include a global preconference and our annual Global Dinner, as well as international speakers throughout tracks of programming focused on climate resilience, inclusive economic prosperity, and bridging divides. Please be in touch if you’d like to sponsor any of our global programming in Miami. 



Virtual Events

Africa Grantmaking Affinity Group Presents: Centre for African Philanthropy and Social Investment
November 28 |  2:00-3:00 PM EST

This interview with Dr. Bhekinkosi Moyo’s will discuss how the Centre engages academics, policymakers, and practitioners in understanding the role of philanthropy in building strong and vibrant communities across Africa.


Charity & Security Network Presents: Congressional Investigations: Could Your Nonprofit Organization Be Next?  
Webinar Recording

A House of Representatives Committee sent letters to a handful of nonprofits, accusing them of acting as foreign agents. This webinar discusses what nonprofits can do in the event that they become the subject of one, and how these attacks can be neutralized.





Democracy for All: Beyond a Crisis of Imagination, via CIVICUS

Following year-long research project led by CIVICUS, this new report outlines the state of democracy in countries around the world democracy.

The Biggest Feminist Fund (that you’ve probably never heard of) Raises $1 Billion to Boost Health of Women and Children Worldwide, via The Telegraph

14 donors pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to enable the Global Financing Facility (GFF) to improve the lives of women in dozens of low and middle-income countries.

The Needle Has Swung the Wrong Way: It’s Time for India’s Philanthropy Reckoning, via IDR Online

As intolerance and inequity are on the rise across India, philanthropic foundations must step up to focus on fundamental and systemic causes of exclusion and injustice.

USAID Releases New Education Policy, via USAID  

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new education policy to guide investments in international education, which will focus resources on programs that produce measurable learning outcomes for students.

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