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.

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Keynote Speaker David McCullough imparted the wisdom attained by a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and noted historian as it pertained to the conference’s themes of identity, purpose and place Sunday. McCullough weaved snippets of some of his meticulously researched historical subjects and his own personal history to take conference goers on a brisk stroll through what makes America and Americans thrive.

In a special video created for conference attendees, Born This Way Foundation CEO Cynthia Germanotta stated the simple goal: “Support young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world” for young people “are not only tomorrow’s leaders, but they are leading in tremendous ways today, online, in communities, on campuses and across our world.”

Addressing the conference, Germanotta laid out why youth are an untapped resource for community building.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has supported LISC to develop affordable housing and revitalize communities in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jessie Ball duPont never worried about energy conservation or carbon footprints, and she probably never discussed affordable rents or the role of the nonprofit sector.

To improve livability in downtown pittsburgh, the Colcom Foundation funded 400 planters.

 

Notions of “livability” are central to the Future of Community; Identity, Purpose, Place. To build a place worth caring about is to bring out the best in a community. On a good day, factors of livability might even preempt critical needs otherwise left for philanthropy.

Emmanuel de Merode, the Director of the Virunga National Park since 2008. Credit: ©Brent Stirton/Getty Images

 

Located in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest national park. It is a critical habitat for many species, including the highly endangered mountain gorilla, of which barely 800 survive in the wild.

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

  • Charity Bill Introduced in Senate;
  • Council Signs Onto Administration's Fair Business Pledge;
  • States Addressing Employment Policies in Different Ways;
  • Council Board Chair Pens Op-Ed on Value of Perpetuity.

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The Council on Foundations' 2016 Annual Conference features a pre-conference session in Baltimore during which participants will visit the Center for Urban Families.

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

  • House Tax Policy Subcommittee to Hold Next Tax Reform Hearing;
  • Council Submits Input on Multistate Registration and Filing Project;
  • Accepting Donations for Individuals is Not Charitable;
  • Connecticut Challenges Reflect National Trends;
  • North Carolina Legislators Recommend Taxing Donors on Gifts from IRAs;

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