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.

I’m pleased to share with you that the 2015 Full Grantmakers Salary and Benefits (GSB) Report is now available for immediate download.

What is the GSB Report?

Today, I am pleased to announce the release of the Council on Foundations’ 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report (GSB). Since the Council first began researching compensation more than 35 years ago, this annual report has grown from a small set of salary tables into one of the most extensive resources in the country. It provides the field with comprehensive data and allows us to look at how our field has developed over time.

Foundations principally use it to:

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

Although the non-profit sector in America is well developed, I’ve often heard foundation and non-profit executives discuss the challenge of attracting and keeping high-performing staff and volunteers. So imagine how that problem is magnified in the developing world, where NGOs make a critical difference every day in the lives of children and families.

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations.

The Council has been following this issue closely and is here to help you understand how the changes could impact you and your organization. A full analysis, including implementation options, for the final rule is available on our website. Just follow the link below.

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

When we face a new challenge, one of our first instincts is to reach out to someone for advice. By collaborating, sharing resources, and discussing common challenges, you and your peers multiply your impact and advance the common good.

The Philanthropy Exchange is an online platform devoted to foundation professionals to collaborate, share, and learn within a community of peers, that includes archiveible and searchable discussion boards and libraries. It is so much more than just a list sever.

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

  • Ways and Means Making Progress on Tax Reform Plan;
  • Race-Based Scholarships and Proving an Applicant's Status;
  • California Bill Seeks to Mandate Website, Fundraising Text for Organizations Throughout the U.S.;
  • Shareholder Activism Targets Lobbying Disclosure.

Read all this and more, online now!

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

This is the Council on Foundations team reporting from the 33rd Annual Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations Conference. This conference is the best-attended EO conference in the United States, and we are thrilled to see so many of our members and colleagues here.