Private 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 foundation” is the umbrella term that includes corporate, independent, family, and operating foundations.  As of 2011, there were 73,764 private foundations in the United States (Foundation Center, 2011).  

In 2011, private foundations held more than $604 billion in assets and gave away more than $45 billion (Foundation Center, 2011).  

Below is everything on our site for private foundations. You can use the filtering options on the right to narrow these results.

At the Council, we are always looking for ways to celebrate and highlight the important work our members are leading around the country and around the world.

This report from Singapore Management University examines the public policies influencing charitable descision making in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

This report from Alliance magazine, WINGS, the Centre for Social Impact Philanthropy, and Ashoka University presents the culture and trends of philanthropy in India and the role of foundations in managing charitable giving.

This reports analyzes the culture of philanthropy in India and the new role and philanthropy and India's economic development.

This report from Dasra explores strategic giving in India by examining how philanthropists can give more effectively to increase the impact of their giving.

This report from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law contains detailed information on Philanthropy Law in India.

This study from Intellecap and the MacArthur Foundation examines the emerging areas of philanthropic giving and impact investing in India as instuments of the country's development.

The study from Maecenata Institut aims to determine the potential community foundations in Germany have for community development.