Council Research

The Council on Foundations conducts survey research focused on various aspects of grantmaker operations, including foundation management, compensation, governance, and investment performance and practices.  Use our research to benchmark your practices and learn how others manage their boards and endowments, and compensate their staffs.

For questions or information about customized reports, please contact research@cof.org.

Participate now in the in the 2013 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Investments for Private Foundations (CCSF) being conducted by the Council and the Commonfund Institute.
The 2013 Grantmakers Salary Tables provide aggregate information on U.S. foundation and corporate giving program staff salaries and benefits.
Members can now access the following salary tables with data from the 2013 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey.
The most comprehensive annual survey of its on private foundation investment practices and governance. The 140 foundations participating in the 2012 CCSF represent $78.7 billion in assets.
Review and compare asset allocation, investment performance, and management practices of community foundations.
This report offers the most comprehensive information available on staff composition and compensation for U.S. foundations.
Download the 2012 Corporate Salary Tables for aggregate information on corporate foundation staff salaries and increases.
The 2012 Grantmakers Salary Tables provide aggregate information on U.S. foundation staff salaries and benefits.
What growth trends did the community foundation field experience in FY 2012? "Guideposts Point to New Heights" is an analysis of 2012 data gathered through the Columbus Survey.
The Council on Foundations’ Foundation Management Series provides foundation boards and staff with the tools needed to benchmark their practices and operations against peers in the field.
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