Public Foundations

Public foundations are grantmaking public charities that gain their funds from a variety of sources, which may include foundations, individuals, corporations, or public entities. Public foundations may engage in fundraising, and may seek broad public financial support. They may or may not have endowments. There is no legal definition of a public foundation, but most dedicate a significant portion of their annual budgets to grantmaking. Most community foundations are also grantmaking public charities.

Since public foundations may be defined in different ways, and there is no official IRS or legal definition of public foundations, it is difficult to arrive at statistics that are fully representative of the field.

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

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

  • Senate Philanthropy Caucus Co-Chairs Encourage Colleagues to Join;
  • Machine-Readable 990s to Become Available Next Week;
  • Secretary Kerry Addresses Concerns with New Chinese Law;
  • When to Use Which Fund;
  • Unfunded State Liabilities are Driving Policy Challenges.

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Council on Foundations 2016 Interns

Toure’ Burgess, Lauren Hamilton, Lauren Wells, Mara Goldman, Sarah Stellwag, and McQuillin Murphy


The Council of Foundations’ summer interns are here!

In our continuing blog post series about the 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report (GSB), this week we are tackling the key findings section of the report.

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Members, remember you can download the GSB for free.

In this week's Washington Snapshot:

  • International Tax Reform Blueprint Forthcoming;
  • Chairman Hatch Follows-up with Private Museums;
  • FEMA Releases National Preparedness Report;
  • DAFs & "Pledging" Allegiance to Donors;
  • The Personal Side of State Budget Intransigence.

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The 2016 HR Summit: Investing in the Talent Pipeline, co-hosted by the Council on Foundations and CHANGE Philanthropy (formerly JAG), is your unique opportunity to learn how to make your foundation — and philanthropy as a whole — more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

During this convening you can expect engaging, intimate conversations led by field experts focused on:

On May 18, President Obama and Secretary Perez of the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of a final rule updating the overtime regulations. The Final Rule increases the salary threshold for eligibility of overtime compensation from $455 to $913 per week ($47,476 annually for a full-year worker), and does not include an exemption for nonprofits. This rule will go into effect on December 1, 2016—allowing employers six months to prepare for implementation.

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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?