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.
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This sample grant proposal application checklist can be customized to your foundation's processes, allowing you to check off each step of the grant application process.
This sample grant proposal acknowledgment letter will allow you to let prospective grantees know that their application was received.
This sample post-grant evaluation can be customized to your foundation, and provided to your grantees to submit at the conclusion of their grant.
This is a sample Membership Committee policy
This sample grant agreement letter may be customized to your foundation, and used to alert new grantees to the terms of their grant.
This is a sample foundation investment policy.
Tips and ideas on file management.
This sample grant file index allows you to see the types of information which your foundation may need to keep on each of your grantees.
A program for orienting new trustees is an indispensable step for foundations to maximize the value and benefits of their boards.