Independent Foundations

Private foundations make grants based on charitable endowments. The endowment funds come from one or a small handful of sources -- an individual, a family or a corporation. Because of their endowments, they are focused primarily on grantmaking and generally do not raise funds or seek public financial support the way public charities (like community foundations) must.

Private independent foundations are distinct from private family or corporate foundations in that an independent foundation is not governed by the benefactor, the benefactor’s family or a corporation. Of the largest private foundations in the United States, most are independent foundations, although they may have begun as family foundations or were converted from corporate foundations. There is no official IRS or legal definition of independent foundations, so it is difficult to arrive at statistics that are fully representative of the field.

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This week Council releases new resources for grantmakers, News from the Hill, Updates from the Executive Branch, and Happening in the States.
his is a summary of the third bill Congress passed to help with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. This guide highlights the specific provisions of that bill that may impact the charitable sector.
his is a summary of the second bill Congress passed to help with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. This guide highlights the specific provisions of that bill that may impact the charitable sector.
This is a summary of the first bill Congress passed to help with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. This guide highlights the specific provisions of that bill that may impact the charitable sector.
Since the Coronavirus was introduced into the United States over two months ago, Congress has passed three separate packages to address a wide variety of issues and support the health care sector, businesses, individuals and families. While a majority of the relief will target businesses, individuals, families and health care, certain provisions in each bill have relevance to the charitable sector. We have summarized each bill and highlighted the specific provisions that may impact the charitable sector.
An explanation of the benefits for small businesses and tax-exempt organizations in the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill. Includes a breakdown of the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Employee Retention Credit, and Delay of Payroll Tax Remittance.
Making grants outside of the United States can be complicated even when there isn’t a global pandemic. COVID-19 impacts communities in different ways and while some countries have robust public health systems, others do not. Additionally, governments are responding in vastly different ways in how they combat the outbreak. Knowing what is happening locally, and what the needs are, is going to be vital to any effort.
Philanthropy is undertaking massive efforts in this country to more effectively collaborate and coordinate quickly among various funders, stakeholders and community partners in response to COVID-19—and all without the power of convening in person. In this time of crisis, what do we need to do differently to more effectively align our resources and better serve community?
The 2020 HR Retreat, co-hosted by the Council on Foundations and CHANGE Philanthropy, is a unique opportunity to learn, share and grow with other culture, talent and HR leaders in philanthropy. This event is for those committed to fostering a work force and institutional culture rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion.
In This Week's Edition of Snapshot: News from the Council; Congress Passes COVID-19 Bill; Executive & Regulatory Affairs Updates, and Happening in the States.