Corporate Philanthropy Update - August 2019

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 12:35 pm EDT
Lindsay Mason

Like myself, I know many of you are using the summer as a time to reflect on your progress from the first half of the year and strategize on how to finish 2019 strong.

At the Council, we’ve used the past months to meet with diverse stakeholders as we look to redefine our value, approach and overarching mission to advance the greater good of society. Through a series of targeted conversations to Reimagine Council Membership, our focus has centered on listening to the field, learning where to sharpen what works well at the Council and determining what we can improve for our members.

We are listening. The feedback we continuously receive about the Council’s Legal Services and its value to both new and seasoned practitioners led us to launch our Legal Matters Workshop for Corporate Foundations & Giving Programs this year. This program has gained momentum and expanded corporate philanthropy networks with each event; and we look forward to expanding this resource to more cities in 2020. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in any of our programming this year, register today for our upcoming Legal Event in Chicago, IL on September 5th.

Your feedback is essential. We want to hear your suggestions on how the Council can create greater value for your company and your foundation. I invite you to schedule a quick chat with the Council’s CEO, Kathleen Enright, join an upcoming teleconference or email your thoughts to

1:1 Phone Call

Various Dates | Sign up for a 15-minute chat


Wednesday, August 14 @ 4:00 p.m. ET | RSVP

We can't wait to hear from you!,

Lindsay Mason
Corporate Philanthropy Director
Phone: 202-991-5927


Members, Kathleen is providing recaps of what she is hearing and learning from her listening tour with philanthropic leaders in This Week at the Council. Look for it in your inbox every Monday or make sure to subscribe.


Legal Matters for Corporate Foundations Chicago
Legal Matters Workshop for Corporate Foundations/Giving Programs
Chicago, IL | September 5, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CT

Calling all Corporate Foundations & Giving Programs! Don't miss your chance to take a deep dive into the most common legal questions on self-dealing, administering grants, board governance, charitable giving activities, and more…

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2019 EF Summit
2019 Endowments and Finance Summit

Washington, DC | September 19-20, 2019

Join the forum where philanthropic leaders convene to explore:

  • shifting forces in the investment landscape,
  • candid conversations about threats to business model; and
  • gain invaluable insights on trends, strategies, and new regulations around endowments
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Council Member? Beginning this month, ALL chapters of the Council on Foundations’ Compendium of Legal Resources are FREE to members. If you (or your colleagues) have questions about ensuring compliance or regulations, be sure to Access Your Guide Today!

The following chapters are a few highlights specific to companies and corporate philanthropy practitioners.


Tito’s Vodka Gives Its Employees the Power to Choose Charities via The Chronicle of Philanthropy And United Way are Teaming Up To Change Corporate Giving via Fast Company

4‑H & Google Expand Access to Free Computer Science Education to One Million Youth Across the Country via 4-H

Points of Light and the Starbucks Foundation Expand Innovative Service Model in 20 Cities Across the United States via Points of Light

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Corporate Philanthropy Updates