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 report from Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) presents an analysis of the current trends in global philanthropy.

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This report from Foundation Centers highlights the key findings and outcomes from a workshop on data strategy and capacity building in Kenya.

A summary of key findings from the Yetu Initiative on corporate philanthropy in Kenya.

This study from The Development Center of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides an overview of the current state of collaboration between foundations and the government in Kenya, and offers recommendations for enhancement.

This article from the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies presents an overview of the evolving state of philanthropy in Southeast Asia.

This report from Asia Philanthropy Circle examines opportunities for grantmaking in education in Indonesia

This report from Credit Suisse examines philanthropy and grantmaking patterns around issues of old age. 

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