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.
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.
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.
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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