Peer Event

Community Foundation CEO Virtual Roundtable

Council on Foundations and re-constituted affinity group, CEONet, invite CEOs and Executive Directors of community foundations to join a virtual roundtable in support of the continued efforts by the field to respond and adapt to the challenges of COVID-19.

Date & Time


Virtual on Zoom Platform
Audio capabilities required; Video requested


Free to Members and Nonmembers
CEOs and Executive Directors of Community Foundations



In partnership with

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Join the Council and CEONet as we reconvene CEOs and Executive Directors of community foundations for our third virtual roundtable. This virtual offering supports the continued efforts of the field to respond and adapt to the challenges of COVID-19. Executives will explore in an open format, pressing matters and relevant topics in pursuit of ways we can strengthen communities across the United States. Attendees of the roundtable can participate in this open exchange of ideas, share perspectives and experiences as well as flag resources and tools that benefit the collective effort of our community foundation field.

We Must be in It for the Long Haul.
Black Foundation Executives Request Action by Philanthropy on Anti-Black Racism.Conversation Focus

Since the original publication of the Roundtable, the planned conversation has now shifted. As we all know, our country has been openly grappling with systemic racism in profound new ways. While these recent revelations are not new to Black people and their own lived experiences, they are now top of mind for many, including philanthropy.

This Roundtable will create space to address what prompted the upheaval of civil unrest across the country, which is the frustration of systemic and structural racism and police brutality that plagues the Black community.  Specifically, we will hear from leaders at  ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities, on their call for philanthropy to take action against anti-black Racism.

We will also invite community foundations who have signed on to this tool, share why they signed on, how they engaged their respective boards in full support of the decision, and how their foundations are going to prioritize the 10 objectives offered by ABFE.

Joined by Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO, ABFE and moderated by Kathleen Enright, President & CEO, Council on Foundations, this roundtable will be hosted on Zoom, to allow all participants to engage in the conversation.

*We will hold the original conversation focus for a future session: How do we compassionately support the local nonprofit community while also acknowledging the reality that some nonprofits won’t survive? How can we use our community leadership platform to help improve the local nonprofit sector? What’s the best way for community foundations to raise the question of mergers, strategic restructuring or a compassionate closure?


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Natalie Ross

Vice President, Membership, Development and Finance

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