Family Foundations

The Council on Foundations defines a family foundation as one whose funds are derived from members of a single family, though this is not a legal term and has no precise definition. The Council on Foundations suggests that family foundations have at least one family member serving as an officer or board member of the foundation and, as the donor, that individual (or a relative) must play a significant role in governing and/or managing the foundation. Most family foundations are run by family members who serve as trustees or directors on a voluntary basis. In many cases, second- and third-generation descendants of the original donors manage the foundation.

Family foundations make up over half of all private (family, corporate, independent, and operating) foundations, or 40,456 out of approximately 73,764 foundations (Foundation Center, 2011). Family foundations make up approximately one-third of the Council’s membership.

Family foundations range in asset size from a few hundred thousand dollars to more than $1 billion. The holdings of family foundations total approximately $294 billion, or about 44 percent of all foundation holdings of $662 billion. Despite this, three out of five family foundations hold assets of less than $1 million. Family foundations gave away approximately $21.3 billion in grants in 2011 (The Foundation Center, 2011).

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In this week's Washington Snapshot:

  • Treasury, IRS Withdraw Proposed Rule for Gift Substantiation;
  • DAFs & Child Sponsorship to Charities;
  • State Policy Action in 2015 Predicts Focus Areas in 2016;
  • Update on Financial Action Task Force (FATF);
  • National Taxpayer Advocate Names 1023-EZ Third Most Serious Problem.

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Save the date - April 11 - 15, 2016

Philanthropy Week in Washington provides the opportunity to highlight the role and power of philanthropy in our country and across the globe. During Philanthropy Week in Washington, we shine a spotlight on American philanthropy’s critical role as a unique stakeholder in collective efforts to address some of today’s toughest challenges. Working with government, business, civic leaders and nonprofits, philanthropy can be a dynamic partner that leverages its resources and leadership for the common good.

Today we celebrate a major victory for community foundations and your donors.

The charitable “tax extenders” are no longer “extenders” that must be reinstated each year, but have become a permanent part of our tax code. In a historic vote, Congress passed the IRA Charitable Rollover into permanent law, making it available to donors and charities for the foreseeable future.

Charitable organizations from around the country applaud Congress for the bipartisan, bicameral passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015.

The legislation will enhance charitable giving by making three essential tax incentives permanent, demonstrating a commitment from Congress to strengthen the charitable community’s ability to continue to improve American lives and our communities. The charitable sector worked closely with Congress to educate members and their staff about the difference these incentives make.

Today we celebrate a major victory for community foundations and your donors.

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

  • Senate Passes Permanent IRA Charitable Rollover;
  • Council Submits Comments on IRS Gift Substantiation Proposal;
  • Omnibus Blocks IRS Political Activity Rulemaking;
  • FASB votes to Revise Nonprofit Presentation of Cash Flows;
  • DAFs, IRAs, & BFFs;
  • Pay For Success Programs Offer "No Free Lunch."

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