Council Members Announce Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge

Council on Foundations President and CEO Vikki Spruill will join First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and grantmakers from around the country tomorrow for the announcement of the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge. Made by over 30 funders, this pledge aims to bring support to service members, veterans, and military family causes over five years.

In response to the White House Joining Forces initiative, a number of foundations are collaborating on a national “call to action” in order to support the education, employment, and wellness of veterans. Several Council Members – including the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation – will launch the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge.

Simultaneously, the Council on Foundations will announce its Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, an unprecedented clearinghouse for philanthropic funders to share best practices. It provides a collaborative investing forum for foundations to align investments with other public and private partners for greater collective impact on services for veterans and their families.

Join the conversation on Twitter beginning at 8:30 am ET, #JoiningForces and #PledgeForVets.

Collaborating Foundations:

The Council is pleased to co-host this very special event with the American Red Cross and the White Oak Steering Committee, a national thought leadership group of military-connected agencies, non-profit veterans service providers, government officials, and foundations.

Other Speakers Include:

Gen. George W. Casey, Jr.
Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

Sheila Casey
Chairman of the Board,
Blue Star Families

Michaela Coplen
U.S. Teen Poet Laureate

Sloan D. Gibson
Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Chairman of the American Red Cross

For more information about the event and the Philanthropy Joining Forces Impact Pledge, contact Stephanie Powers.

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Stephanie Powers

Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Partnerships