Council on Foundations 2017 Annual Conference

The Council on Foundations 2017 Annual Conference (Leading Together) was held in Dallas on April 23-26. The Opening Plenary, Philanthropy’s Role in Vibrant Communities, kicked off with President George W. Bush discussing his recently published book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, and the work of the George W. Bush Institute with American veterans […]

The Blueprint Forecast for Philanthropy and the Social Economy 2017

Philanthropy consultant, scholar, and thought-leader Lucy Bernholz‘s annual industry forecast, Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2017, was published last week on GrantCraft. The Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year. As a past external reviewer […]

F. D’Up Family Foundation

Inspired by recent news stories Fred D’Up inherited a sizable amount of money, which he used to grow a business empire filled with plenty of successes and failures (including multiple business bankruptcies). Regardless of whether his businesses were doing well or not, Fred felt compelled to develop his image as a rich, powerful celebrity, and he was very […]

2016 ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting

The American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section is holding its 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston on September 8-10. I’m looking forward to meeting with my colleagues in the Nonprofit Organizations Committee, attending the various programs, and expressing my appreciation as one of the recipients of the Committee’s Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Awards. Accelerators and Incubators The first […]

Program-Related Investments

Program-related investments (PRIs) are investments (different from strictly donative grants) made by private foundations in which: The primary purpose is to accomplish one or more of the foundation’s 501(c)(3) exempt purposes (other than testing for public safety), Production of income or appreciation of property is not a significant purpose, and Influencing legislation or engaging in […]

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Taxable Social Enterprise – Part 1

Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg published a touching letter written to his week-old daughter Max which announced the beginning of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The Initiative’s mission focuses on two ideas: advancing human potential and promoting equality. And the statement that raised all the attention: We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — […]

Fiscal Sponsorship: A Valuable Option for Grantmakers and Grantees

  Yesterday, I had the honor of participating on a panel discussing fiscal sponsorship at the 2014 Grantmakers in the Arts 2014 Conference in Houston. Frances Phillips (Walter and Elise Haas Fund), Melanie Beene (consultant, former CEO of Community Initiatives), and Ian David Moss (Fractured Atlas) were my co-panelists, and we were joined by a very vocal group […]

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – September 20, 2013

  The official end of summer and a busy fall conference season ahead for many. Today, Erin and I are attending the American Bar Association Exempt Organizations Committee Meeting with many of our colleagues from throughout the country. Have a listen to Jon McLaughlin's Summer Is Over while you peruse this week's tweets on nonprofits, […]

Council on Foundations 2012 Annual Conference

The Council on Foundations 2012 Annual Conference was held in Los Angeles on April 28 – May 2.  Once again I was a virtual attendee through the valuable blogs and tweets of others.  Here are some my favorites: Recap Sixteen Lessons this Next Gen-er Walked Away with from my Time in Los Angeles (RE: Philanthropy) – […]

Council on Foundations 2011 Annual Conference

This year's Council on Foundations (CoF) Annual Conference was held in Philadelphia. I was in town for the annual board and membership meetings of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) but am again blogging about the Conference as a virtual attendee through the blogs and tweets of others. Saturday, April 9 Congratulations to the Association […]