Council Research

The Council on Foundations conducts and partners on national research focused on foundation management, grantmaker compensation, governance, and investment performance and practices. Use our research tools and publications to benchmark your policies and practices against peers in the field and better understand trends affecting grantmaker operations.

In addition to the publications listed below, we produce customized reports with data from our annual Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey and from our 2010 Foundation Management Series.

Please contact research@cof.org if you have any questions or need additional information about ordering a customized report.

Survey Participation

Please contact research@cof.org for information about participating in the following surveys:

The Council on Foundations invites you to participate in the 2014 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey, one of the most important and effective foundation management tools in the field.
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.
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.
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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