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.

This resource from Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group provides resources and information on the Nigerian philanthropc sector

This resource from Foundation Center presents a summary report on a series of workshops on data strategy and capacity building for philanthropy in Uganda

This report from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law provides detailed information on philanthropy law in South Africa.

This article from Coutts summarizes key charitable giving data in South Africa.

This report from the Charities Aid Foundation provides an analysis of charitable giving in South Africa.

This report for the National University of Singapore and the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy provides an analysis of entrepreneurial social finance in Asia.

This report from Resourcing Philanthropy summarizes philanthropic trends in South Africa.

This report from the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society examines the enabling enviornments for philanthropy and private social investment in 15 Asian countries.

This article from NGOSource explains authorization laws and regulations for civil society organizations in Mexico.

A report from Philanthropic Foundations Canada on trends resources, and strategies in community philanthropy in Canada.