Hello from Atlanta, Georgia!
Oftentimes grantmakers talk about being inspired by the amazing work that the nonprofits in their communities are able to do. They tell of small but mighty groups who have impact beyond their size and who put the needs of those they serve at the center of their work. I was proud to find such teams here at the Council when I arrived, one of which is our Legal Affairs team.
When we surveyed members as part of the process to reimagine Council membership, we found that 35 percent of respondents rank legal services & resources as the most valuable Council benefit. Last year, our legal team answered more than 2,000 requests for information from Council members. The team also helps draft legislation supportive of our policy objectives and they review and comment on regulations from Treasury and other executive branch agencies. Additionally, our legal team produces Mastering Foundation Law: The Council on Foundations Compendium of Legal Resources, a one-of-a-kind resource that serves as a comprehensive guide to foundation law for the non-lawyer.
Last week, I shared that our smaller foundation members hope we will do more to reach them with lower cost events and services that meet their needs as we reimagine the Council. This is why I am excited to announce that as of today, all members will receive access to every chapter of the Compendium for FREE.
We’re also focusing the Member Benefits Spotlight this week on our Legal Services to make sure you know everything our Legal Team has to offer.
Until next week,
President & CEO
Council on Foundations
P.S. – Yesterday, I met with a great group of grantmakers at an event hosted by our friends at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga and Thursday I will connect with grantmakers here in Atlanta through our friends at Southeastern Council of Foundations. I can’t wait to share more about those conversations next week!