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).

Below is everything on our site for family foundations. You can use the filtering options on the right to narrow these results.

Join the Philanthropy Caucus for a social reception to conclude Foundations on the Hill. Network with representatives from a variety of charitable foundations and organizations, lawmakers, and Congressional staff in an event to recognize the role of philanthropy as a unique stakeholder in collective efforts to address some of today's toughest challenges.

Join us to better understand how President Trump's Executive Order 13769, Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals, may impact your foundation's work domestically and globally.

Join us as Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Council on Foundation presents "The Private Foundation Minimum Distribution Requirement: The Ins and Outs of Section 4942."

This webinar is the first in a new quarterly series called, “Lunch with Legal Counsel” designed purposely for our private foundation members to help you navigate the rules and effects of private foundation classifications, which includes:

Join President and CEO Vikki Spruill for the first Council Member Update of 2017. Learn why this is such a critical time for philanthropy — and what the Council has planned in the year ahead to help strengthen the field.

There are significant challenges facing Minnesota’s communities, including racial inequality in education, economic opportunities and health outcomes. In Minnesota, members of the philanthropic community work in a variety of innovative and collaborative ways to address these challenges and create a sustainable future.

All Programming

 





  • All Days

  • Saturday, April 22

  • Sunday, April 23

  • Monday, April 24

  • Tuesday, April 25

  • Wednesday, April 26

Saturday, April 22

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Community Foundation Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 1


Sunday, April 23

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Community Foundations Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 2


9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Collaborate & Innovate: Equalizing the Playing Field of Black Business Ownership in the U.S.


9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Immigration: How Do We Make It Work


9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Refining the Business Case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Finding New Narratives for Rural America: A Concert of Ideas


11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grantmaking into Latin America: Regulatory Challenges, Strategic Partnerships, and Emerging Opportunities


12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Philanthropy’s Role in Strengthening America’s Democracy


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

New Attendee Welcome Reception


6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Celebrating Reasons for Hope Networking Reception


Monday, April 24

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtables


8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Plenary


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

100&Change: The Surprising Challenges of a $100 Million Grant Competition


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Americans Speak Out About the Arts


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Catalytic Capital: Maximizing Your Mission through Impact Investing


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Economic Development for Whom?


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Engaging Foundations to Improve Behavioral Health Policy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

FreshLo - Blending Food, Culture, and Creative Placemaking to Invigorate Communities


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How Safe Is My Gift? How Safe Should it Be? Charitable Gift Assets in Bankruptcies, Clawbacks and Litigation Claims


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Investing in the Arts: Three Models for Creating Community in Mexico


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Part 1: What’s Next for Public Health Insurance Programs - Overview


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Six Ideas to Strengthen Community


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tax Reform in the 115th Congress


12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Bachman Lake Site Session


12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

City Square — Cottages at Hickory Crossing Site Session


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Grantmaking Into China: A Closed-Door Dialogue on Strategies under New Foreign NGO Law


12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

2020 Census: What's At Stake for Philanthropy


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Adaptive Community Leadership


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Audiences for the Arts


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Healthy Communities through Housing Stability


2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CCFE Faculty Training


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

From Ivory Tower to Neighborhood: the Academy and Community Development


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Funding Food, Water, and Women Across Silos and Across Movements


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Good Bridges Make Good Neighbors: The Foundations of Transnational Community


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Part 2: What’s Next for Public Health Insurance Programs – A Community View


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

U.S. Impact Investment Alliance


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Value Chain Coordination to Build Food System Infrastructure - Food LINC


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

International Grantmaking By U.S. Community Foundations


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Leadership in Action


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Speed Networking


4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Networking Event


Tuesday, April 25

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Mary McClymont


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Sandy Vargas


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Harnessing Tragedy to Build a Better Community: Dallas's Leaders Reflect


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Local Collaboration on Global Goals – Bridging Sectors for Collective Impact 


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Accelerating Resilient Water Systems through Impact Investing and Philanthropy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Catalytic Capital: Maximizing Your Mission through Impact Investing


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Community Foundations Disruptions


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dallas Faces Race


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Equity in Action


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Excellent Art in Rural America


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

HUD Awards


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

International Grantmaking in the Trump Era


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leveraging Data to Inform Strategy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Selling Social Change: The Case for Funding Demand Generation


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Youth Employment: Lessons for the Workforce Talent Pipeline in New York City


12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Member Meeting & Awards


1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

AT&T Stadium Site Session


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Attracting Diverse Talent


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Better and Stronger: Grantmaker Collaboration to Improve State Policies for Children


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Community Foundations National Standards


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Conquering Philanthropic Divide: A New Model for Cross Sector Impact in Rural Regions


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Distinguished Service Award


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Finding Your Way to the Right Impact Investing Advisor


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Funding at the Intersection of Arts Education Advocacy, Policy, and Program Delivery


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Learning from the World to Build a Healthy Future Together


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Looking Ahead: Foundation Investment and Finance Issues Beyond the First 100 Days


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Race, Faith and Violence: Interfaith Approaches to Compassionate Communities


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Water STEPS: Water Scarcity, Trade, Energy, Politics and Security


3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learning Lab


4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Giving Pledge


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

LGBTQA Reception


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Global Reception


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Global Dinner


Wednesday, April 26

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtables


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Leadership in Action


9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Learning Lab


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Changing the Culture to Prevent Suicide


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Developing Authentic Relationships with Grantees


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Legal Aid Relationships Can Enhance Your Grantmaking


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Leveraging Federal Investments to Foster Sustainability in Communities: Lessons Learned and Lessons Earned


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

New Data on International Giving: Opportunities for U.S. Philanthropy to Engage Globally


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Oil Spill: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Philanthropy in America’s Sea


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Raising Your Voice in the Public Policy Sphere: The Time Is Now


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Real Change for Families: Community Foundations Helping to Create Family Economic Security


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Serving Communities by Sharing What We Know


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Supporting Civic Engagement through Technology and Community-Centered Design


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Listening and Leading in a Divided America


8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Community Foundation Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 1


8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Community Foundations Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 2


9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Collaborate & Innovate: Equalizing the Playing Field of Black Business Ownership in the U.S.


9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Immigration: How Do We Make It Work


9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Refining the Business Case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Finding New Narratives for Rural America: A Concert of Ideas


11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grantmaking into Latin America: Regulatory Challenges, Strategic Partnerships, and Emerging Opportunities


12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Philanthropy’s Role in Strengthening America’s Democracy


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

New Attendee Welcome Reception


6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Celebrating Reasons for Hope Networking Reception


8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtables


8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Plenary


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

100&Change: The Surprising Challenges of a $100 Million Grant Competition


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Americans Speak Out About the Arts


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Catalytic Capital: Maximizing Your Mission through Impact Investing


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Economic Development for Whom?


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Engaging Foundations to Improve Behavioral Health Policy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

FreshLo - Blending Food, Culture, and Creative Placemaking to Invigorate Communities


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How Safe Is My Gift? How Safe Should it Be? Charitable Gift Assets in Bankruptcies, Clawbacks and Litigation Claims


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Investing in the Arts: Three Models for Creating Community in Mexico


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Part 1: What’s Next for Public Health Insurance Programs - Overview


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Six Ideas to Strengthen Community


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tax Reform in the 115th Congress


12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Bachman Lake Site Session


12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

City Square — Cottages at Hickory Crossing Site Session


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Grantmaking Into China: A Closed-Door Dialogue on Strategies under New Foreign NGO Law


12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

2020 Census: What's At Stake for Philanthropy


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Adaptive Community Leadership


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Audiences for the Arts


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Healthy Communities through Housing Stability


2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CCFE Faculty Training


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

From Ivory Tower to Neighborhood: the Academy and Community Development


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Funding Food, Water, and Women Across Silos and Across Movements


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Good Bridges Make Good Neighbors: The Foundations of Transnational Community


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Part 2: What’s Next for Public Health Insurance Programs – A Community View


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

U.S. Impact Investment Alliance


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Value Chain Coordination to Build Food System Infrastructure - Food LINC


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

International Grantmaking By U.S. Community Foundations


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Leadership in Action


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Speed Networking


4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Networking Event


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Mary McClymont


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Sandy Vargas


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Harnessing Tragedy to Build a Better Community: Dallas's Leaders Reflect


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Local Collaboration on Global Goals – Bridging Sectors for Collective Impact 


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Accelerating Resilient Water Systems through Impact Investing and Philanthropy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Catalytic Capital: Maximizing Your Mission through Impact Investing


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Community Foundations Disruptions


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dallas Faces Race


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Equity in Action


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Excellent Art in Rural America


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

HUD Awards


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

International Grantmaking in the Trump Era


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leveraging Data to Inform Strategy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Selling Social Change: The Case for Funding Demand Generation


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Youth Employment: Lessons for the Workforce Talent Pipeline in New York City


12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Member Meeting & Awards


1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

AT&T Stadium Site Session


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Attracting Diverse Talent


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Better and Stronger: Grantmaker Collaboration to Improve State Policies for Children


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Community Foundations National Standards


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Conquering Philanthropic Divide: A New Model for Cross Sector Impact in Rural Regions


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Distinguished Service Award


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Finding Your Way to the Right Impact Investing Advisor


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Funding at the Intersection of Arts Education Advocacy, Policy, and Program Delivery


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Learning from the World to Build a Healthy Future Together


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Looking Ahead: Foundation Investment and Finance Issues Beyond the First 100 Days


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Race, Faith and Violence: Interfaith Approaches to Compassionate Communities


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Water STEPS: Water Scarcity, Trade, Energy, Politics and Security


3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learning Lab


4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Giving Pledge


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

LGBTQA Reception


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Global Reception


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Global Dinner


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtables


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Leadership in Action


9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Learning Lab


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Changing the Culture to Prevent Suicide


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Developing Authentic Relationships with Grantees


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Legal Aid Relationships Can Enhance Your Grantmaking


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Leveraging Federal Investments to Foster Sustainability in Communities: Lessons Learned and Lessons Earned


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

New Data on International Giving: Opportunities for U.S. Philanthropy to Engage Globally


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Oil Spill: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Philanthropy in America’s Sea


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Raising Your Voice in the Public Policy Sphere: The Time Is Now


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Real Change for Families: Community Foundations Helping to Create Family Economic Security


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Serving Communities by Sharing What We Know


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Supporting Civic Engagement through Technology and Community-Centered Design


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Listening and Leading in a Divided America




The Council’s Public-Philanthropic Partnership Office hosted a webinar for funders only with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children and Families to help foundations understand the regular programs and goals of the agency. 

Finding New Narratives for Rural America: A Concert of Ideas

Rural Preconference Session IconThis event is a preconference session at the 2017 Annual Conference.

Refining the Business Case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the Philanthropic Sector

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Preconference Session IconThis event is a preconference session at the 2017 Annual Conference.