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. - 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.

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.

Lessons from Unconventional Art – How Mexican Artists Foster Public Activism


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

New Frontiers


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. - 1:00 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.

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.

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.

Legal Aid Relationships Can Enhance Your Grantmaking


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


2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

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


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

International Grantmaking By U.S. Community Foundations


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

Learning Lab


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.

Collective Impact Models - Sustainable Development Goals


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.

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.

Race, Faith and Violence: Interfaith Approaches to Compassionate Communities


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

The Landscape Ahead: Looking Beyond the First 100 Days


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


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

Global Reception


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

LGBTQA 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.

Census


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.

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


11:15 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. - 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.

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.

Lessons from Unconventional Art – How Mexican Artists Foster Public Activism


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

New Frontiers


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. - 1:00 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.

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.

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.

Legal Aid Relationships Can Enhance Your Grantmaking


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


2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

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


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

International Grantmaking By U.S. Community Foundations


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

Learning Lab


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.

Collective Impact Models - Sustainable Development Goals


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.

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.

Race, Faith and Violence: Interfaith Approaches to Compassionate Communities


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

The Landscape Ahead: Looking Beyond the First 100 Days


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


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

Global Reception


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

LGBTQA 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.

Census


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.

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


11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Listening and Leading in a Divided America




The 2016 Salary Tables provide aggregate information on staff salaries among U.S. foundations and corporate giving programs. This data is typically used by foundations to make staffing decisions and provide appropriate compensation for new hires or existing employees. The 2016 Salary Tables include compensation data from nearly 10,000 full-time employees from the 1,010 organizations that participated in the 2016 survey. Responses came from across the country and the tables examine compensation by position, type of foundation, asset size, and region.

The CCSF is the most comprehensive and authoritative annual survey of its kind on foundation investment and governance practices, and provides data for the benefit of foundation trustees and staff, as well as the larger community of grantees, policymakers and stakeholders. The 228 foundations participating in the 2015 CCSF represent $100.6 billion in assets. One hundred thirty private and 98 community foundations make up the Study, which covers the 2015 fiscal year (January 1-December 31, 2015). Topics covered in the Study include:

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.

This report offers the most comprehensive information available on staff composition and compensation for U.S. foundations. The 2015 Full Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report:

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.