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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Council on Foundations is committed to keeping the Career Pathways core value of community, equity, learning, and development present for the 2020 participants. This monthly community building hour is a virtual opportunity for participants to connect, reflect, share, or discuss. For more information about Career Pathways leadership development program, visit cof.org/careerpathways
Council on Foundations is committed to keeping the Career Pathways core value of community, equity, learning, and development present for the 2020 participants. This monthly community building hour is a virtual opportunity for participants to connect, reflect, share, or discuss. For more information about Career Pathways leadership development program, visit cof.org/careerpathways
Council on Foundations is committed to keeping the Career Pathways core value of community, equity, learning, and development present for the 2020 participants. This monthly community building hour is a virtual opportunity for participants to connect, reflect, share, or discuss. For more information about Career Pathways leadership development program, visit cof.org/careerpathways
Council on Foundations is committed to keeping the Career Pathways core value of community, equity, learning, and development present for the 2020 participants. This monthly community building hour is a virtual opportunity for participants to connect, reflect, share, or discuss. For more information about Career Pathways leadership development program, visit cof.org/careerpathways
In response to the COVID-19 health crisis and Philanthropy’s Commitment Pledge, funders around the globe have committed to loosening grant restrictions, converting grants to general operating support and more. However, many foundations have questions about if they should and can increase giving while endowments are shrinking due to the coinciding economic downturn. In partnership with Commonfund Institute, this paper examines what foundations should consider when increasing giving from their endowments.
This is a summary of the fifth 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 publication, jointly developed by Fundación ONCE and the European Foundation Centre, focuses on how the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are serving as a framework for foundations to develop their action on disability inclusion.
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In conversations across the country with foundations leaders who generously helped to crystalize the Council’s vision for the future, one thing was clear. These philanthropic leaders are devoted to the missions and communities they support and are constantly looking for ways to do more.
In this week's edition of Snapshot: News from the Hill, Executive and Regulatory Affairs and Happening in the States.