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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This compilation of country codes and laws is intended to assist grantmakers and their advisors when undertaking equivalency determinations for foreign grantees under IRS Revenue Procedure 92-94. Specifically, this section describes the legal framework of nonprofit organizations (also known as non-governmental organizations or NGO's) in select countries, along with translations of legislative provisions relevant to an equivalency determination under IRS Revenue Procedure 92-94.
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Research publications on firearm violence from the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.
A collection of podcasts and publications from the Center for Court Innovation.
A collection of case studies, strategies and reports from the National League of Cities.
A collection of publications, news articles, and issue papers on gun violence from the Foundation Center.
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This publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explores the history of violence and the reasons why it has become a greater focus for public health in recent decades.