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.

A report from the Fondation de France. Foundations in France have doubled since 2001. This report examines the structure and funding flows of French philanthropic grantmaking.

A report on the need to increase private philanthropy for the arts and humanities in Germany, the Netherlands, and France after recent cuts in government subsidies. 

This report from the Journalism Funders Forum analyzes and summarizes grantmaking to French journalism and media outlets.

This report, authored by ERNOP, analyzes the data on French philanthropic grantmaking. It assesses the state of research on giving by households, corporations, foundations, and charity lotteries to charitable organizations in France.

This report aims to advance the understanding, practice, and impact, of philanthropy in China by improving knowledge about the relevant actors and the philanthropic initiatives.

This report examines the concepts, history, and institutions of philanthropy in China.

This report, authored by the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative, examines the giving patterns of Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists to examine what motivates them and what barriers exist to strengthening giving.

A report commissioned by the UN Development Programme on the state of philanthropy in China, with a special focus on the practical governance and policy-related reforms needed to unleash the true potential of this sector in China. 

This report contains detailed information on philanthropy laws in China. 

An overview of charitable giving in 2017 authored by Charities Aid Foundation. This report looks at trends in charitable giving in Canada. It explores how people of different ages and social groups give, the way they give, the rise of online or text giving, the importance of sponsorship and the different causes people support.