Private 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 foundation” is the umbrella term that includes corporate, independent, family, and operating foundations.  As of 2011, there were 73,764 private foundations in the United States (Foundation Center, 2011).  

In 2011, private foundations held more than $604 billion in assets and gave away more than $45 billion (Foundation Center, 2011).  

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Goal 4: Quality Education

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

Sustainable Development Goal 4 Quality Education

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Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

- Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages -

Sustainable Development Goal 3 Good Health

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

- End hunger, achieve food security, and promote sustainable agriculture -

Sustainable Development Goal 2 End Hunger

Goal 1: No Poverty

- End poverty in all its forms everywhere -

Sustainable Development Goal 1 No Poverty

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17 Days, 17 Goals - philanthropy's work on the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability. Quality education. Poverty reduction. Gender equality.

Data gathered in the 2015 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations® (CCSF) show that participating private foundations reported an average return of 0.0 percent for the 2015 fiscal year (January 1 – December 31, 2015), down from the 6.1 percent return reported for FY2014, while participating community foundations reported an average annual return of -1.8 percent compared with 4.8 percent for FY

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: