Independent Foundations

Private foundations make grants based on charitable endowments. The endowment funds come from one or a small handful of sources -- an individual, a family or a corporation. Because of their endowments, they are focused primarily on grantmaking and generally do not raise funds or seek public financial support the way public charities (like community foundations) must.

Private independent foundations are distinct from private family or corporate foundations in that an independent foundation is not governed by the benefactor, the benefactor’s family or a corporation. Of the largest private foundations in the United States, most are independent foundations, although they may have begun as family foundations or were converted from corporate foundations. There is no official IRS or legal definition of independent foundations, so it is difficult to arrive at statistics that are fully representative of the field.

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

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

- Reduce inequalities within and among countries -

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15 to October 15. During this time, we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, the Caribbean, and the Americas. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson.

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

- Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation -

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

- Promote sustained, inclusive economic growth, full employment, and decent work for all -

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

As we start September, I’m sure many of you are busy with year-end activities, whether it’s a final round of grantmaking, planning next year’s budget and program, or your annual engagement at side events for the U.N. General Assembly and other international events. It’s pretty lively here at the Council too, and I want to share resources and opportunities that are on our radar.

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all -

Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Goal 6: Water and Sanitation

- Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all -

Sustainable Development Goal 6 Water and Sanitation

Goal 5: Gender Equality

- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls -

Sustainable Development Goal 5 Gender Equality

Goal 4: Quality Education

- Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning -

Sustainable Development Goal 4 Quality Education