Private Operating Foundations

Operating foundations are private foundations that use the bulk of their income to provide charitable services or to run charitable programs of their own. They make few, if any, grants to outside organizations. To qualify as an operating foundation, specific rules, in addition to the applicable rules for private foundations, must be followed.

Below is everything on our site for private operating foundations. Due to the large number of resources on our website, we highly recommend you use the site navigation or the search feature to find what you are looking for.

The Council on Foundations (the Council) today announced that its membership has approved the appointment of three philanthropic executives to its board of directors: Srikanth Gopal, Managing Partner of Humanity United; Galen Maness, Chief Operating Officer of the San Francisco Foundation; and Jay Williams, President and CEO of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
The Council on Foundations today announced the selection of 51 philanthropy professionals for participation in Career Pathways, a leadership development program designed to diversify the talent pipeline for executive-level roles in Philanthropy.
2021 was a year of focus and renewal for the Council on Foundations. Guided by a new 20-year vision for the sector, we collaborated with our member community to create lasting impact through knowledge products, field training programs, and more.
Updated information about the impact of December 2021 Tornadoes on communities and resources for foundations.
Anne Vela-Wagner of the Mars Wrigley Foundation
2021 Membership Week Q&A Foundation Leader Blog Series - Jen Rainin