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General Purposes

Council on Foundations

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $45,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–December 31, 2004
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

The Council on Foundations (COF) is a national membership organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing accountable and effective philanthropy. The council is responsible for maintaining a code of ethics for grantmakers; representing organized philanthropy to government and the media; and educating the public on the role and value of foundations in American life.Funding will enable COF to provide ongoing educational programs and services to its members; convene its annual conference in Toronto and special conferences for community foundations, corporate members and the affinity group network; monitor and provide updates on federal legislation impacting philanthropy and the nonprofit sector; and launch a campaign to help grantmakers achieve greater effectiveness as a means of building public trust.Achievements during the past year included updating members on major federal legislative activity; conducting the “Foundations on the Hill” day in February; organizing a series of six regional meetings to acquaint COF members with various legislative and regulatory challenges facing the nonprofit field; and convening an annual conference in Dallas.