About the Council

Our Vision

Philanthropy is a trusted partner in advancing the greater good.

Our Mission

The Council on Foundations fosters an environment where philanthropy can thrive and cultivates a community of diverse and skilled philanthropic professionals and organizations who lead with integrity, serve as ethical stewards and advocate for progress.

Our Core Beliefs

The Council on Foundations believes in:

  • Philanthropy. Philanthropy plays a critical role in strengthening diverse civil society and supporting communities where everyone thrives.
  • Community. By fostering a community of philanthropic leaders who generously share knowledge and resources, build trusting relationships and engage in challenging conversations across difference, we can enhance the impact of grantmakers across the U.S. and around the world.
  • Integrity. Public trust in philanthropy expands when our field demonstrates high professional and ethical standards, integrates perspectives from those most affected by our decisions and commits to continual learning.
  • Awareness. A more robust understanding of philanthropy by policy makers and the public helps create the supportive policy environment needed to expand individual and institutional giving in the United States.
  • Collaboration. We encourage and support multi-sector collaboration and partnerships as philanthropy works to address systemic issues.
  • Talent. Philanthropic organizations are continually expanding their knowledge and understanding of how change happens. To realize the full promise of philanthropy and keep pace with community needs, a diverse, empathetic and skilled workforce is essential.

Our History

From our founding in 1949 to the community foundation's centennial and beyond, read the history of the Council on Foundations.

Public Disclosure

In the spirit of transparency, we make available to the public our audited financial statements, our 990, and our policy on inclusiveness: