After 22 years in government, I’m well aware that the day after an election is a time of instant analysis and speculation. As president of the Council, some things remain the same. Clearly, this is a “change election,” but it is not the first. Actually, it’s the third in a row! Regardless of the turbulent electoral seas, philanthropy provides a steady rudder for sustained, positive change.
At the Council on Foundations, we’re closely analyzing what all this means for our members and our work. Initially, we see three great opportunities:
At the Council, we expect our focus to remain largely the same as we work to foster a thriving sector. Our immediate task is to educate a very large class of new members about philanthropy and its role in society. We project about 100 new members coming to town in January who will need our attention. Foundations on the Hill has never been more important since my arrival at the Council than it will be in 2011. Please mark your calendar and join us in Washington, D.C., for this effort on March 8-9, 2011.
In the meantime, we will explore further the impact of yesterday’s election on our sector and the changing political landscape on Capitol Hill via a post-election Council conference call for members next Wednesday, November 10, from 1–2 p.m. ET. We invite each of you to join us. To participate on the call, please be sure to register by November 9.
Steve Gunderson is the president and CEO of the Council on Foundations