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.

Editor's note: This is part of our blog series featuring current participants in the Career Pathways program. Applications for the 2019 cohort opened in September 5.

The Council on Foundations Awards Program was established to recognize excellence in philanthropy and honor exemplary leaders for their dedication to exploring creative ways to advance the common good.

With the passage of last year’s tax code overhaul, Congress created Opportunity Zones—economically-distressed communities where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.

This month, thousands of representatives from governments, civil society, and the corporate sector will come together in New York for the 73rd annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Alongside the high-level conversations  within the UN, hundreds of side-events will address the world’s progress towards achieving the ambitious targets within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as ending poverty for all, ensuring gender equality and reducing inequality within and amongst countries.

This is a funders-only meeting to share what funders have learned from their investments in veterans transition and the continuing challenges veterans and their families face as they return to civilian life after military service. Panelists and attendees will share data and metrics, grantmaking challenges, and lessons learned from some of the communities that have committed to welcoming veterans in an intentional way.

Earlier this week, there was a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to my desk. 

It was from the Community Foundation team to mark a milestone in my life—and my family’s life. We moved to the Quad Cities four years ago and I began working with an incredible group of people—board members and staff and donors and community members alike—here. 

Disaster Overview

Hurricane Florence made landfall along the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday September 13, leading to catastrophic inland rainfall, flooding, life-threatening storm surges and destructive winds. 

As more becomes known about the impacts of the storm, this page will be updated with more resources and information on any funds established to support disaster response and recovery for impacted communities. 

Editor's note: This is part of our blog series featuring current participants in the Career Pathways program. Applications for the 2019 cohort opened in September 5.

At the end of August, more than 130 funders gathered in the Twin Cities at the Council’s second Inclusive Economic Prosperity convening. A mix of private, community, and corporate philanthropy leaders from across the region discussed strategies to effectively build economic innovation ecosystems and heard from diverse leaders within and outside of philanthropy, including Melvin Carter, the Mayor of St. Paul.