About the Council

About Us

The Council on Foundations exists to help philanthropy be a strong and trusted partner in advancing the common good. Building on our 70-year history, we are charting a course for the field where funders display high integrity, earn and maintain the public's trust and serve as excellent stewards of philanthropic resources. We imagine a world where givers of all kinds are sophisticated and vital players in creating more equitable communities and a better world.

We do this by:

  • Strengthening the existing bonds between funders who have a lot in common, while simultaneously building bridges between those whose differences provide fertile ground for learning and growth;
  • Representing our diverse and varied membership to the public and to policy makers on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch;
  • Listening to and having conversations with our sector's supporters and critics whose insights can help make us stronger;
  • Offering trainings and professional development programs that build and cultivate an engaged network of philanthropic leaders;
  • Helping grantmakers navigate the regulatory environment of giving in the United States and around the world;
  • Supporting an ecosystem where giving can thrive globally.

Our community includes grantmakers of all sizes, focus areas, and geographies and increasingly, it includes those who structure their philanthropy in new and creative ways, both in the U.S. and abroad. All Council members benefit from the tools, resources, and opportunities we offer online and through virtual and in-person trainings and events.

Our Mission

Provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

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: