Work at the Council

About the Council

An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good. With members from all foundation types and sizes, the Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally. Candidates interested in applying for specific jobs should review our current openings. 

Council Staff at Leading Together conference


The Council provides full-time employees with a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Comprehensive Health Care, Vision Care, and Dental Care options to coverage spouses, families and domestic partners
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Commuter Benefits
  • 403 (b) Retirement Plan including an employer contribution
  • Competitive salary

Our vacation and sick leave policy is straight forward: you can take what you need! At the Council we empower each employee to harness their time management skills and be responsible for the work that needs to be accomplished. 

Professional Development

The Council supports employee’s interest in developing professionally. We encourage employees to develop through on the job experiences, council programs, educational seminars, classes, training sessions, and workshops. 

Our Values

Council staff at conferenceThe Council Values are the foundation for our culture and define the way we strive to support each other and our members. Our values at work are:

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Empowerment
  • Diversity
  • Authenticity
  • Accountability
  • Embracing Change

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Council on Foundations is invested in fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and has created a DEI Advisory Group, led by the Vice President, Culture, Talent, & Equity, Ruth LaToison Ifill The Council on Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Accordingly, the Council promotes equal opportunity in the areas of recruitment, hiring, employment, training, development, placement, transfer, promotion, wages and benefits, terminations, and working conditions. The Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions like lactation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression), age, marital status, religion, disability or medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic characteristics or the results of genetic testing, veteran status, public assistance status, city or county discrimination agency membership or activity, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws.

Council Events and Staff Outings

Throughout the year, the Council participates in various council events and staff outings. We attend Washington Nationals baseball games, host a family picnic, throw a holiday party, and participate in community service events such as a holiday adopt a family.  

Internship Program

The Council proudly offers paid summer internships for undergraduate or graduate students. Some features of the internship program are:Council Summer 2019 Interns

  • Mentoring from Council experts
  • Real-world work experiences
  • Meaningful projects
  • Weekly professional development workshops
  • Site visits to local members
  • Meetings with the executive leadership

See our open internship positions listed under "Current Openings" on this page.