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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Getting Started is a new members-only resource within Country Notes. To help connect you with others working in Mexico, we have identified:

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

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

This report from UBS Wealth Management examines African philanthropy and charitable giving by wealthy donors to Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

This report from the International Center for Not-for-profit law has detailed information on Philanthropy law in Nigeria.

This study from The Development Center of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a cross-country analysis of the current state of collaboration between foundations and the government in Mexico, India, Myanmar, and Kenya and offers recommendations for improved relations