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).  

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The largest and most comprehensive report in the United States on grantmaker staff composition and compensation was released today by the Council on Foundations and highlighted a lingering age gap that exists within the philanthropic sector.

The Council on Foundations was proud to participate as a partner organization in the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To National Veterans Convening, a summit focused on veteran transition.

The 2016 Full Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report offers the most comprehensive information in the field of grantmaking on compensation levels and salary administration. This report contains:

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  • Tax Reform Update: Senate Finance Chairman calls for input on tax reform
  • Health care seems to gain steam in Senate
  • HUD announces it will begin accepting unsolicited proposals for research
  • In the States: Delaware charitable deduction at risk

Strengthening Local Communities to Achieve Global Goals

Overview

There are significant challenges facing communities in the Southwest, including racial inequality in education, economic opportunities and health outcomes.

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot…

  • CHARITY Act is reintroduced in Senate
  • Tax Reform Update: Freedom Caucus weighs in on tax reform
  • Senate continues work on health care legislation
  • Deadline for addressing debt limit more fluid than previously thought
  • In the States: Budgets and late nights at the legislature, Massachusetts considers linking nonprofit salaries and property tax exemptions, States seeking Medicaid waivers
  • Giving USA 2017 report is released

Leaders from the higher education, philanthropic and corporate sectors will come together for a unique convening designed to explore the impact of implicit bias on leadership and operational excellence.

This convening will seek to accomplish the following objectives:

Today, the Council on Foundations released the following statement from President and CEO Vikki Spruill: