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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The philanthropic sector's ability to influence public policy has been a pathway to significant social change in the United States. Using the current global crisis as a backdrop, this session will focus on a discussion of policy engagement through a health policy lens.
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The Council is a co-sponsor of this webinar from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, which explored the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and its impact on nonprofits and vulnerable communities.
In this week's edition of Snapshot: News from the Council, News from the Hill, Executive and Regulatory Affairs and Happening in the States.
As the world responds to the impacts of COVID-19, leaders of endowed independent and family foundations are working with their Boards of Trustees and staff to determine how best to respond. Many organizations are considering how they can increase their funding to nonprofits and communities during these difficult times
In this week's edition of Snapshot: News from the Hill, Executive and Regulatory Affairs and Happening in the States.
The Council was a co-sponsor with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy on this webinar, which explored place-based grantmaking and the importance of strengthening local communities and organizations to create a new philanthropic and nonprofit landscape, focused on recovery, that prioritizes equity, partnership and collaboration.
In this week's edition of Snapshot: News from the Hill, Executive and Regulatory Affairs and Happening in the States.
As organizations continue COVID-19 response efforts, HR leaders in philanthropy are thoughtfully introducing innovative practices about returning to work, while coping with new and complex challenges. Join the Council and CHANGE Philanthropy for a facilitated, small-group dialogue to explore the implications of a returning workforce to the office.
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