Corporate Giving Programs and Foundations

Corporate Philanthropy refers to the investments and activities a company voluntarily undertakes to responsibly manage and account for its impact on society. It includes investments of money, donations of products, in-kind services and technical assistance, employee volunteerism, and other business transactions to advance a social cause, issue, or the work of a nonprofit organization. Corporate foundations and corporate giving programs traditionally play a major role in these areas.

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The most comprehensive annual survey of its kind on private foundation investment practices and governance. The 140 foundations participating in the 2012 CCSF represent $78.7 billion in assets. Topics covered in the study include:

  • Performance - one, three, five and ten years
  • Returns and Investment Objectives
  • Asset Allocation, Investment Policies and Restrictions and Rebalancing
  • Debt
  • Donor Stock
  • Fund Flows
  • Resources, Management and Governance

The Council on Foundations’ Foundation Management Series provides foundation boards and staff with the tools needed to benchmark their practices and operations against peers in the field. Containing data from the Council’s 2009 Foundation Management survey, the series consists of three reports: Board Composition and Compensation, Administrative and Investment Expenses, and Fiscal Oversight.

The Council conducted the foundation management survey in March 2010 in cooperation with the Foundation Center. Respondents were asked to provide information on their boards' demographics, compensation and reimbursement practices, liability insurance, ethics policies, and information on their foundations' administrative expenses and fiscal oversight. All reports in the series provide detailed breakdowns of survey data by foundation type and asset size.

The Council on Foundations’ Foundation Management Series provides foundation boards and staff with the tools needed to benchmark their practices and operations against peers in the field. Containing data from the Council’s 2009 Foundation Management survey, the series will consist of three reports: Board Composition and Compensation, Administrative and Investment Expenses, and Fiscal Oversight.

This report offers the most comprehensive information available on staff composition and compensation for U.S. foundations. It contains salaries for 34 full-time positions; allows grantmakers to benchmark compensation against their peers by foundation type, asset size, and region; and offers extensive information on benefits policies and practices such as health care premiums by plan type.

Download the 2012 Corporate Salary Tables for aggregate information on corporate foundation staff salaries and increases. Free to participants and Council members and $79 for nonmembers, these tables are a complement to the 2012 Grantmakers Salary and Benefit Report and include information on the mean, median, range, 25th and 75th percentiles for corporate foundations organized by asset range and region. Tables reflecting 34 staff positions at foundations from the 2012 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report are included and presented by geographic region for comparative purposes.

Foundation CEOs and trustees share insights and personal stories related to significant paths of change and how they overcame setbacks. Download a copy and gain best practices to help you successfully lead your foundation, boards and staff.

20 pages

The Principles were created by representatives of more than 40 charitable sector organizations including the Council on Foundations (the working group coordinator), Independent Sector, InterAction and Grantmakers Without Borders, as an alternative to the U.S. Treasury Department's Voluntary Anti-Terrorist Guidelines.

2005, 14 pages

This solutions brief consolidates lessons learned from roundtable and teleconference discussions, as well as,  research from the field on international corporate philanthropy. Read opinions and insights of leading corporate philanthropists. Learn promising practices from successful and innovative programs. This publication was produced as part of Philanthropy Solutions, a Council on Foundations project that addresses top-of-mind issues in corporate grantmaking in order to promote and facilitate knowledge sharing among corporate grantmakers.

2009, 8 pages 

This Solutions Brief consolidates lessons learned from roundtable and teleconference discussions, as well as, research from the field on diversity and inclusiveness in corporate philanthropy. Read opinions and insights of leading corporate philanthropists. Learn promising practices from successful and innovative programs. This publication was produced as part of Philanthropy Solutions, a Council on Foundations project that addresses top-of-mind issues in corporate grantmaking in order to promote and facilitate knowledge sharing among corporate grantmakers.

2008, 8 pages