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.

Last month, we announced our work to Reimagine Council Membership and asked for feedback as we review Council membership and dues.

More than 400 individuals – representing grantmaking organizations of different types, sizes, geographies, and member status – responded to our survey and shared ideas on how we can improve Council membership, programs, and value for institutions and for the field.

The CCSF is the field's most comprehensive and authoritative study on investment and governance practices at private and community foundations. The goal is to provide a unique information source for financial and investment staff, trustees and investment committee members of the nation’s private and community foundations. Your participation is key to achieving this goal.

Key Dates

The 2018 Survey will be open from March 13 through May 15, and the results will be released in August 2019. 

Created in 2017, the Global Goals Mapping Tool is a comprehensive resource that maps giving and volunteerism using both the IRS National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) codes and the United Nations International Classification of Nonprofit Organizations (ICNPO) codes to classify the activity and programs of charities and connect them to the SDGs.

Bridging Divides IconNo matter our political persuasion, most of us can agree that America is a divided nation. Elected officials, political parties and the media often fan the flames of division, leaving our nation more angry and our citizens more isolated from each other. What is the role of our sector during these contentious, difficult times?

The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for reflection and goal-setting, and as we move into February, I am excited about the opportunities ahead of us. At the Council, we are working amidst boxes as we prepare to move back into the heart of Washington, D.C., in mid-February. We are also incredibly excited to welcome our new CEO in March and to celebrate the Council’s 70th anniversary at our conference in Miami in April.

Interested in the Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report? Join Council staff for a demonstration of the survey process and learn how you can participate in this important resource for the field.

Urban Institute will feature three cases of innovative tools designed to make big data more easily accessible to decision makers: 1) Public Good Projects' Social Media data tool for the Opioid Crisis; 2) Urban Institute Education Data Portal; and National Center on Charitable Statistics Nonprofit Sector in Brief.

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