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.

On January 27, President Trump issued an Executive Order on "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements." Since then, there have been protests in cities and airports around the nation, there have been statements from elected officials on both sides of the aisle, and there has been a great deal of discussion via social media.

On January 30, the Council hosted a conference call on President Trump's executive order, its legal underpinnings and challenges, and its impact on foundations and grantees.

All Programming

 





  • All Days

  • Saturday, April 22

  • Sunday, April 23

  • Monday, April 24

  • Tuesday, April 25

  • Wednesday, April 26

Saturday, April 22

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Community Foundation Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 1


Sunday, April 23

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Community Foundations Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 2


9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Collaborate & Innovate: Equalizing the Playing Field of Black Business Ownership in the U.S.


9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Refining the Business Case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Future of Immigration and the Role of Philanthropy


9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Finding New Narratives for Rural America: A Concert of Ideas


11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grantmaking into Latin America: Regulatory Challenges, Strategic Partnerships, and Emerging Opportunities


12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Philanthropy’s Role in Strengthening America’s Democracy


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

New Attendee Welcome Reception


6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Celebrating Reasons for Hope Networking Reception


Monday, April 24

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtables


8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Plenary


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

100&Change: The Surprising Challenges of a $100 Million Grant Competition


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Americans Speak Out About the Arts


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Catalytic Capital: Maximizing Your Mission through Impact Investing


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Economic Development for Whom?


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Engaging Foundations to Improve Behavioral Health Policy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

FreshLo - Blending Food, Culture, and Creative Placemaking to Invigorate Communities


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How Safe Is My Gift? How Safe Should it Be? Charitable Gift Assets in Bankruptcies, Clawbacks and Litigation Claims


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Investing in the Arts: Three Models for Creating Community in Mexico


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Part 1: What’s Next for Public Health Insurance Programs - Overview


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Six Ideas to Strengthen Community


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tax Reform in the 115th Congress


12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Bachman Lake Site Session


12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

City Square — Cottages at Hickory Crossing Site Session


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Grantmaking Into China: A Closed-Door Dialogue on Strategies under New Foreign NGO Law


12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

ESG Framework Investment Approach


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

2020 Census: What's At Stake for Philanthropy


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Adaptive Community Leadership


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Audiences for the Arts


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Healthy Communities through Housing Stability


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

From Ivory Tower to Neighborhood: the Academy and Community Development


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Funding Food, Water, and Women Across Silos and Across Movements


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Part 2: What’s Next for Public Health Insurance Programs – A Community View


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Race, Faith and Violence: Interfaith Approaches to Compassionate Communities


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

U.S. Impact Investment Alliance


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Value Chain Coordination to Build Food System Infrastructure - Food LINC


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

International Grantmaking By U.S. Community Foundations


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Leadership in Action


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Speed Networking


4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Networking Event


Tuesday, April 25

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Can Foundations Influence Legislation Without Incurring Tax or Jeopardizing Exempt Status?


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Mary McClymont


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Sandy Vargas


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Harnessing Tragedy to Build a Better Community: Dallas's Leaders Reflect


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Local Collaboration on Global Goals – Bridging Sectors for Collective Impact 


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Accelerating Resilient Water Systems through Impact Investing and Philanthropy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Community Foundations Disruptions


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dallas Faces Race


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Equity in Action


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Excellent Art in Rural America


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

HUD Awards


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

International Grantmaking in the Trump Era


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leveraging Data to Inform Strategy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Selling Social Change: The Case for Funding Demand Generation


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Youth Employment: Lessons for the Workforce Talent Pipeline in New York City


12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Member Meeting & Awards


1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

AT&T Stadium Site Session


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Attracting Diverse Talent


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Better and Stronger: Grantmaker Collaboration to Improve State Policies for Children


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Community Foundations National Standards


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Conquering Philanthropic Divide: A New Model for Cross Sector Impact in Rural Regions


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Distinguished Service Award


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Finding Your Way to the Right Impact Investing Advisor


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Funding at the Intersection of Arts Education Advocacy, Policy, and Program Delivery


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Good Bridges Make Good Neighbors: The Foundations of Transnational Community


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Learning from the World to Build a Healthy Future Together


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Looking Ahead: Foundation Investment and Finance Issues Beyond the First 100 Days


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Water STEPS: Water Scarcity, Trade, Energy, Politics and Security


3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learning Lab


4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Giving Pledge


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

LGBTQA Reception


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Global Reception


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Global Dinner


Wednesday, April 26

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtables


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Leadership in Action


9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Learning Lab


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Changing the Culture to Prevent Suicide


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Developing Authentic Relationships with Grantees


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Legal Aid Relationships Can Enhance Your Grantmaking


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Leveraging Federal Investments to Foster Sustainability in Communities: Lessons Learned and Lessons Earned


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

New Data on International Giving: Opportunities for U.S. Philanthropy to Engage Globally


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Oil Spill: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Philanthropy in America’s Sea


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Raising Your Voice in the Public Policy Sphere: The Time Is Now


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Real Change for Families: Community Foundations Helping to Create Family Economic Security


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Serving Communities by Sharing What We Know


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Supporting Civic Engagement through Technology and Community-Centered Design


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Listening and Leading in a Divided America


8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Community Foundation Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 1


8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Community Foundations Excellence Fundamentals Course - Day 2


9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Collaborate & Innovate: Equalizing the Playing Field of Black Business Ownership in the U.S.


9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Refining the Business Case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Future of Immigration and the Role of Philanthropy


9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Finding New Narratives for Rural America: A Concert of Ideas


11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Grantmaking into Latin America: Regulatory Challenges, Strategic Partnerships, and Emerging Opportunities


12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Philanthropy’s Role in Strengthening America’s Democracy


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

New Attendee Welcome Reception


6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Celebrating Reasons for Hope Networking Reception


8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtables


8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Plenary


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

100&Change: The Surprising Challenges of a $100 Million Grant Competition


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Americans Speak Out About the Arts


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Catalytic Capital: Maximizing Your Mission through Impact Investing


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Economic Development for Whom?


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Engaging Foundations to Improve Behavioral Health Policy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

FreshLo - Blending Food, Culture, and Creative Placemaking to Invigorate Communities


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

How Safe Is My Gift? How Safe Should it Be? Charitable Gift Assets in Bankruptcies, Clawbacks and Litigation Claims


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Investing in the Arts: Three Models for Creating Community in Mexico


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Part 1: What’s Next for Public Health Insurance Programs - Overview


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Six Ideas to Strengthen Community


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tax Reform in the 115th Congress


12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Bachman Lake Site Session


12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

City Square — Cottages at Hickory Crossing Site Session


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Grantmaking Into China: A Closed-Door Dialogue on Strategies under New Foreign NGO Law


12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

ESG Framework Investment Approach


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

2020 Census: What's At Stake for Philanthropy


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Adaptive Community Leadership


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Audiences for the Arts


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Building Healthy Communities through Housing Stability


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

From Ivory Tower to Neighborhood: the Academy and Community Development


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Funding Food, Water, and Women Across Silos and Across Movements


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Part 2: What’s Next for Public Health Insurance Programs – A Community View


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Race, Faith and Violence: Interfaith Approaches to Compassionate Communities


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

U.S. Impact Investment Alliance


2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Value Chain Coordination to Build Food System Infrastructure - Food LINC


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

International Grantmaking By U.S. Community Foundations


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Leadership in Action


4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Speed Networking


4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Learning Lab


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Networking Event


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Can Foundations Influence Legislation Without Incurring Tax or Jeopardizing Exempt Status?


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Mary McClymont


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat with Sandy Vargas


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Harnessing Tragedy to Build a Better Community: Dallas's Leaders Reflect


9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Local Collaboration on Global Goals – Bridging Sectors for Collective Impact 


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Accelerating Resilient Water Systems through Impact Investing and Philanthropy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Community Foundations Disruptions


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dallas Faces Race


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Equity in Action


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Excellent Art in Rural America


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

HUD Awards


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

International Grantmaking in the Trump Era


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Leveraging Data to Inform Strategy


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Selling Social Change: The Case for Funding Demand Generation


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Youth Employment: Lessons for the Workforce Talent Pipeline in New York City


12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Member Meeting & Awards


1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

AT&T Stadium Site Session


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Attracting Diverse Talent


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Better and Stronger: Grantmaker Collaboration to Improve State Policies for Children


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Community Foundations National Standards


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Conquering Philanthropic Divide: A New Model for Cross Sector Impact in Rural Regions


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Distinguished Service Award


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Finding Your Way to the Right Impact Investing Advisor


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Funding at the Intersection of Arts Education Advocacy, Policy, and Program Delivery


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Good Bridges Make Good Neighbors: The Foundations of Transnational Community


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Learning from the World to Build a Healthy Future Together


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Looking Ahead: Foundation Investment and Finance Issues Beyond the First 100 Days


2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Water STEPS: Water Scarcity, Trade, Energy, Politics and Security


3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learning Lab


4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Giving Pledge


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

LGBTQA Reception


6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Global Reception


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Global Dinner


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Roundtables


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Leadership in Action


9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Learning Lab


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Changing the Culture to Prevent Suicide


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Developing Authentic Relationships with Grantees


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Legal Aid Relationships Can Enhance Your Grantmaking


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Leveraging Federal Investments to Foster Sustainability in Communities: Lessons Learned and Lessons Earned


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

New Data on International Giving: Opportunities for U.S. Philanthropy to Engage Globally


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Oil Spill: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Philanthropy in America’s Sea


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Raising Your Voice in the Public Policy Sphere: The Time Is Now


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Real Change for Families: Community Foundations Helping to Create Family Economic Security


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Serving Communities by Sharing What We Know


9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Supporting Civic Engagement through Technology and Community-Centered Design


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Listening and Leading in a Divided America




This member update focused principally on important issues related to foundation financial management and endowment performance.

Why do the Sustainable Development Goals matter to philanthropy?

These broad global goals address the same problems that our field is tackling: to reduce poverty, improve livelihoods and quality of life, and create a more equitable global society. Looking at the range of issues in the SDGs, all funders can find their work within these collective goals, regardless of what type of foundation you are and whether you fund programs in 90 countries or focus your grantmaking on a specific community in the United States.

The Council on Foundations Job Board

The Council on Foundations Philanthropic Career Center is the home for foundation careers and jobs in the United States and around the world. This job board is the premier recruitment site for foundations looking to hire foundation professionals.

Many of our members are working with grantees on the ground in countries and communities directly impacted by terrorist violence, all over the world. Alongside partners like the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the Council is tracking how and where philanthropy is responding to these attacks, and we will share what we find with our members.

RESOURCES

Crises where our international partners have established funds:

A severe storm system on June 22 dumped torrential rain, tornadoes, high winds, and large hail across West Virginia and Virginia, causing the most deadly flash flood event the U.S.

How Philanthropy Can Help Achieve the
U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in the U.S.

As implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals becomes a priority of the world, philanthropy has an opportunity to make an impact. This report from the Council on Foundations examines how U.S. funders can view their work in the global development framework and contribute to the success of the goals in the United States.

The Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Responsible Investing, believed to be the largest of its kind, provides foundations with invaluable insights into how the sector and individual portfolios are being shaped by responsible investing practices, potential hurdles to their adoption, and what the entry points are for those interested in fully engaging these practices in their endowment strategies.