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.

While both governments and philanthropic organizations in Canada are committed to community investment, the two sectors do no often partner on projects. This paper is intended to help philanthropic
funders understand more about the context for working with government, as well as the opportunities and challenges
they may encounter if they intend to work with government at any level. 

A brief report on foundations, grantmaking, and issues in 2015 Canadian philanthropy.

This report prepared by the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government examines the magnitude, vitality, and impact of global institutional philanthropy. 

A working paper from Alliance magazine, WINGS, and Philanthropy Network for Social Justice analyzing terms and trends of philanthropy and social investment in Brazil. This report examines the political atmosphere for philantrhopy, as well as the current status, challenges, and potential of the sector. 

This report from McKinsey&Company is a study of existing barriers and potential actions to increase and improve effective philanthropy in Brazil.

This report, authored by Joan Spero and published in collaboration with WINGS builds greater awareness and understanding of the diversity and challenges of civil society in the so-called BRIC countries. In the absence of comprehensive data on philanthropy in these emerging market economies, the report identifies the cultural, economic, social, and political forces shaping giving in the BRIC countries and describes the growth and nature of their philanthropic activities. 

Although votes in some races are still being counted, we know the results of the US midterm election will lead to changes in Washington in the new year that may impact global grantmakers. From changing Congressional committee leaders to upcoming reviews of US foreign assistance and the 2020 budget process starting in 2019, there are many ways the outcomes of this month’s election can influence the work you support in countries around the world.

These four analyses explore how the election results may impact key policies and institutions that US grantmakers work with globally:

Philanthropy California is offering funders an up-to-the-minute briefing on the fires, local and state agency responses, and how to aid local efforts and avoid fraud.