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Council on Foundations

Beyond the Tea Party: How the IRS Is Killing Nonprofit Media

Dan Kennedy | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Over the past few years the IRS has virtually stopped approving 501(c)(3) status for nonprofit news organizations. Even when applications for 501(c)(3) status aren't rejected outright, they are stacking up, unacted upon, for months and even years.

Why Foundations Need to Be Better Storytellers

Kevin K. Murphy | Posted 07.25.2012 | Impact
Kevin K. Murphy

The public is increasingly curious about what we're up to -- an interest fueled by politicians who imagine that philanthropy is a big pot of money waiting to be spent to alleviate government budget strains.

Will the Death of Traditional Journalism Permanently Change Philanthropy?

Kevin K. Murphy | Posted 06.06.2012 | Media
Kevin K. Murphy

Setting aside the silly notion that no newsroom decision was ever made while considering advertiser reaction, most of the old media types have no alternative ideas.

Philanthropy Visits the Nation's Capital: Why?

Kevin K. Murphy | Posted 05.22.2012 | DC
Kevin K. Murphy

Our nation was built, in part, on the unique relationship between generous donors, the foundations they created, and the government our people elect.

The Council on Foundations Doesn't Need Better Marketing, It Needs a Vision

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 01.21.2012 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Philanthropy and the communities it serves have suffered too long from a lack of leadership on numerous issues. Despite advances made in other sectors, philanthropy still lags in diversity and inclusiveness, and in funding that benefits lower-income communities and communities of color.

Who's in Charge Here? Retaining the Next Generation in Philanthropy

Jane Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jane Wales

This is the first time in history that society is experiencing a delay in leadership transition, as people live longer and retire later. The economic recession has further delayed retirement plans.

COF 2010: An Inconvenient Inheritance

Jane Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jane Wales

Al Gore and Geoffrey Canada argue that the next generation will tackle the problems left by baby boomers. But Gore worries about the enormity of the problems and Canada wonders whether our education system will prepare them.

COF 2010: Foundations Need to Step up Advocacy in Congress

Jane Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jane Wales

Foundation leaders can no longer assume that policymakers share their view of the sector's role -- it is up to these leaders to tell philanthropy's story in a way that can be appreciated and understood.

Council on Foundations 2010: Networks, Not Ideas, Drive Innovation

Jane Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jane Wales

Despite popular perception, it's not one single epiphany that drives innovation. That was a key lesson imparted by Andrew Hargadon when he spoke at the Council on Foundations' Annual Conference.