CoF – Improving the practice of global philanthropy

In December 2011, the Council hosted the Global Grantmaking Institute to educate foundation staff and trustees about a range of topics on global philanthropy. These topics included deliberate leadership, understanding the legal and regulatory issues, the importance of relationships, collaboration, due diligence, investing in systemic change, disaster relief and response, measuring impact and learning from evaluation.

The sold-out institute included 50 participants and 10 faculty members from foundations including the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Levi Strauss Foundation and the Women’s Funding Network. The participants enjoyed hearing the perspectives of colleagues in global grantmaking, gaining an understanding of the actual mechanics of working internationally, and building a community of learners. The Council will host additional institutes in 2012, in March and September.

Another excellent resource for anyone interested in global giving is Beyond Our Borders: A guide to making grants outside the United States, 4th edition, released in December 2011. Filled with sample documents and indispensable advice for all US-based philanthropic organizations that make grants that affect people and conditions outside the US, this clear and accessible guide dissects and explains the various legal and technical requirements necessary to comply with US law and regulations concerning grants to non-US organizations. The fourth edition of the publication contains updated information on anti-terrorism measures and requirements of grants by public charities.

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