Legal Matters for Corporate Foundations - San Francisco, CA

Due to rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Council on Foundations has decided to cancel this Legal Matters for Corporate Foundations.

Date & Time

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Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 
San Francisco, CA 94105


Council Members = $149
Nonmembers = $249
Regional Partners = $199

Due to rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Council on Foundations has decided to cancel this Legal Matters for Corporate Foundations. This decision was made out of concern for the health and well-being of our attendees.

We will work with Northern California Grantmakers to find an alternate date to offer the course, ideally in 2020, subject to the containment of COVID-19 and ability to travel.

Check back here for any updates on a new date.


Led by the Council on Foundation's Legal Affairs team and Lindsay Mason, Lead Strategist, Corporate Philanthropy, this workshop is organized to ensure common legal questions for administering grants, board governance and charitable giving activities are addressed. This workship will provide technical and practical understanding of complex rules and regulations impacting corporate foundations and giving programs.

The Council’s legal team will tailor each session to emphasize the issues most frequently addressed in their interactions with corporate grantmakers. Sessions will be structured to ensure there will be time for questions and an in-depth discussion of the answers.

This workshop is open to any of the following employees eager to dive into the legalities of charitable activities, develop a better understanding of the law and unlock effective management and leadership tools of corporate foundations and giving programs.

  • Employees of corporate foundations
  • Employees leading corporate giving programs within companies
  • Corporate counsel within corporations
  • Attorneys supporting corporate foundation clients
  • Board members of corporate foundations

Thanks to Northern California Grantmakers for co-hosting this event with the Council on Foundations.

Northern California Grantmakers

Sample Agenda

Specific topics will be defined in advance of the workshop as attendees begin to submit ideas, pressing issues, and assist with the defining of sessions. This event is designed to be time sensitive and relevant to current issues. The format will be discussion-oriented, question and answer-based learning.

9:30-10:00 a.m.—Registration and Networking

10:00-11:00 a.m.—General Overview of New Rules, Regulations and Developments for Corporate/Private Foundations 
Suzanne Friday, Staff Counsel for the Council on Foundations, will discuss rules or regulations for corporate and private foundations, as well as share the implications of new tax guidelines from Congress.

11:00-12:45 a.m. — Session 1
Deep Dive: Attendees will learn pressing subjects and issues such as self-dealing, sponsorships, governance structure and employee engagement liabilities. 

1:00-2:00 p.m.—Networking Lunch with Q&A

2:15-3:30 p.m.—Session 2
Hot Topics: Attendees will help shape the agenda on topics to explore and issues to address ranging from the use of donor advised funds and terminating/merging foundations to mission-related investments.

3:45-4:30 p.m.—Session 3
Grantmaking Due Diligence & Compliance Basics: Expenditure responsibilities, grant agreements, board approvals, international processes will be discussed.

4:30-5:00 p.m.—Wrap up and General Q&A


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Daniela Rodriguez Ranf

Director, Leadership Development and Training

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