Community foundations are grantmaking public charities that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area. They bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support effective nonprofits in their communities. Community foundations vary widely in asset size, ranging from less than $100,000 to more than $1.7 billion.
Community foundations play a key role in identifying and solving community problems. In 2011, they gave an estimated $4.3 billion to a variety of nonprofit activities in fields that included the arts and education, health and human services, the environment, and disaster relief. The Community Foundations National Standards Board confirms operational excellence in six key areas—mission, structure, and governance; resource development; stewardship and accountability; grantmaking and community leadership; donor relations; and communications. Foundations that comply with these standards can display the official National Standards Seal. Right now nearly 500 community foundations have earned the seal.
More than 750 community foundations operate in urban and rural areas in every state in the United States; currently, more than 570 belong to the Council on Foundations. The community foundation model also has taken hold around the world. According to the 2010 Community Foundation Global Status Report, there are 1,680 community foundations in 51 countries. Forty-six percent exist outside of the United States. You can use our Community Foundation Locator to view a list of community foundations in the United States.
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Today, the Council on Foundations released the following statement from President and CEO Vikki Spruill:
Council on Foundations Senior Vice President for Government Relations Hadar Susskind hosts a member call to discuss the current House and Senate tax reform bills. If allowed to become law, the current tax reform effort will have disastrous consequences for charitable giving.
During the call, we cover:
In This Week's Edition of Snapshot
- Tax reform: The Senate begins debate on tax reform, advancing tax reform ever closer to the President’s desk
- In the States: Michigan nonprofits and philanthropic groups promote Census 2020, a year in review of the charitable deduction challenges and expansion, and Kansas state lawmakers honored for their work on tax policy
This schedule is subject to change.
Working Group Members
Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
The Pittsburgh Foundation
Approximately 50 leaders from higher education, philanthropy, and the private sector recently met at Duke University for an intimate conversation about implicit bias. Organized by the TIAA Institute, Duke University, and the Council on Foundations, “Managing Effectively Across Differences: The Impact of Implicit Bias on Leadership,” examined the impact of implicit bias upon operational effectiveness.
The dialogue reflected the diversity of the attendees, which included CEOs, CIOs, CDOs, and other leaders from a number of universities, foundations, consulting firms and the media.