Members of the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge and the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange will gather for learning and sharing. Any funders supporting veterans and military families are encouraged to join this learning exchange.
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.
Join the Congressional Philanthropy Caucuses, staff, the Council on Foundations, and valued partners for a reception on Thursday, April 14 during Philanthropy Week in Washington 2016. This reception will celebrate and lift up the critical role of philanthropy in communities and the importance of engaging philanthropy as a stakeholder in policy discussions.
Advancing Rural Communities' Economic Success Agenda
Registration and Overview
- Stephanie Powers, Senior Director for Policy and Partnerships, Council on Foundations
- Janet Topolsky, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group
Leaders from 42 foundations announced today that they have “banned the box” by adopting fair chance hiring policies or ensuring that questions about criminal convictions do not appear on applications for employment with their foundations. They also issued a challenge to all U.S. philanthropic institutions to follow suit and eliminate barriers to employment for people with arrest and conviction records.
In this week's Washington Snapshot:
- This Week in Tax Reform...;
- Congress Grows More Skeptical of Universities;
- FASB Seeks Foundation Input;
- Single Portal Filing Project Seeks Information;
- Accepting Promissory Notes and Other Debt Instruments;
- Giving Incentives on State Legislative Agendas.
Read all this and more, online now!
This year Philanthropy Week will kick off with the Council’s Annual Conference and continue through the week with a host of activities. The conference theme—The Future of Community: Identity. Purpose. Place.—provides a timely and resonant backdrop for Philanthropy Week activities.
More events and details will be added to this agenda in the coming days and weeks - so check back regularly.
Recap of Winter Retreat for Foundation CEOs
“If You Can Make It Here, You Can Make It Anywhere":
How the Sustainable Development Goals connect local challenges to worldwide efforts
There are significant challenges facing American communities today, including growing domestic inequality and increased poverty. In New York, members of the philanthropic community work in a variety of innovative and collaborative ways to improve quality of life and create sustainable local communities.