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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  • 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.

Catalytic Capital: Maximizing Your Mission through Impact Investing


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

Creating Support Structures that Nurture, Not Strangle, Risk-Taking and Innovation


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.

The Cottages 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 Chats with Senior Philanthropists


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.

Catalytic Capital: Maximizing Your Mission through Impact Investing


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

Creating Support Structures that Nurture, Not Strangle, Risk-Taking and Innovation


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.

The Cottages 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 Chats with Senior Philanthropists


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 on Foundations Job Board

The Council on Foundations Philanthropic Career Center is the home for foundation careers and jobs in the United States and around the world. This job board is the premier recruitment site for foundations looking to hire foundation professionals.

A severe storm system on June 22 dumped torrential rain, tornadoes, high winds, and large hail across West Virginia and Virginia, causing the most deadly flash flood event the U.S.

The Advocacy Toolkit is designed to be a central resource for Council members and others engaged in the philanthropic space to learn about why it is important—now more than ever—for philanthropy to have a voice in policy, how to effectively use advocacy and lobbying to advance your mission, what the most critical or priority “asks” are for the sector at any given time, and

The Council on Foundations wrote to the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)  to urge them to prioritize several regulations and guidance documents that impact our members. Each year, the Priority Guidance Plan identifies and prioritizes those tax issues that the agencies should address through regulations or revenue rulings, procedures, notices, and guidance throughout the upcoming year.

Corporate tax integration (“corporate integration”) is a tax reform topic that Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has been discussing for some time now. Chairman Hatch has indicated his intent to present a corporate integration proposal, but we don't expect to see that revealed until after the November elections.

What is corporate integration?

Corporate integration is a way of addressing the issue of “double taxation” on corporate income. Under our current system, corporate income is taxed at two levels: the level of corporate profits and the level of shareholder dividends.

On April 25, 2016, the Treasury Department officially published final regulations providing nine new examples of permissible program-related investments (PRIs). The new examples were first drafted as foundations came to sense that the existing regulations were too narrow and did not adequately address the full range of investment opportunities available.

More Info: What is a PRI?

Use these resources in your meetings on the Hill and to promote the work back home. Make sure to check back regularly as updates may be released.