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POSTPONED | Legal Matters for Corporate Foundations

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (All day)
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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This event has been postponed from March 25th to a later date. Please keep an eye out for updates or contact us at for further questions. 

Led by the Council on Foundation's Legal Affairs team and Lindsay Mason, Lead Strategist, Corporate Philanthropy, this workshop is organized to ensure common legal questions for administering grants, board governance and charitable giving activities are addressed. This workshop will provide technical and practical understanding of complex rules and regulations impacting corporate foundations and giving programs.


The Council’s legal team will tailor each session to emphasize the issues most frequently addressed in their interactions with corporate grantmakers. Sessions will be structured to ensure there will be time for questions and an in-depth discussion of the answers.


This workshop is open to any of the following employees eager to dive into the legalities of charitable activities, develop a better understanding of the law and unlock effective management and leadership tools of corporate foundations and giving programs:

  • Employees of corporate foundations
  • Employees leading corporate giving programs within companies
  • Corporate counsel within corporations
  • Attorneys supporting corporate foundation clients
  • Board members of corporate foundations


Specific topics will be defined in advance of the workshop as attendees begin to submit ideas, pressing issues, and assist with the defining of sessions. This event is designed to be time sensitive and relevant to current issues. The format will be discussion-oriented, question and answer-based learning.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Registration and Networking

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: General Overview of New Rules, Regulations and Developments for Corporate/Private Foundations 
Suzanne Friday, Staff Counsel for the Council on Foundations, will discuss rules or regulations for corporate and private foundations, as well as share the implications of new tax guidelines from Congress.

11:00 AM - 12:45 PM:  Session 1
Deep Dive: Attendees will learn pressing subjects and issues such as self-dealing, sponsorships, governance structure and employee engagement liabilities. 

1:00 PM -  2:00 PM: Networking Lunch with Q&A

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM: Session 2
Hot Topics: Attendees will help shape the agenda on topics to explore and issues to address ranging from the use of donor advised funds and terminating/merging foundations to mission-related investments.

3:45- PM - 4:30 PM: Session 3
Grantmaking Due Diligence & Compliance Basics: Expenditure responsibilities, grant agreements, board approvals, international processes will be discussed.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Wrap up and General Q&A


On March 25th, the Council on Foundations is hosting a Legal Matters workshop in San Francisco. The Council has offered the regional rate of $199 to Northern California Grantmakers’ members. If you are interested in attending this event, please email for registration details.  

Target Audience

This event is open to NCG members only. 


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