Public foundations are grantmaking public charities that gain their funds from a variety of sources, which may include foundations, individuals, corporations, or public entities. Public foundations may engage in fundraising, and may seek broad public financial support. They may or may not have endowments. There is no legal definition of a public foundation, but most dedicate a significant portion of their annual budgets to grantmaking. Most community foundations are also grantmaking public charities.
Since public foundations may be defined in different ways, and there is no official IRS or legal definition of public foundations, it is difficult to arrive at statistics that are fully representative of the field.
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Plenary Sessions & Leadership in Action Series
Join us as we come together to discuss the crucial opportunities and issues facing philanthropy today. We’ll be covering topics including inclusivity and leadership, bridging divides, addressing climate vulnerability, creating inclusive economic prosperity, and the latest in philanthropic practice.
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Celebrate the Council’s 70th birthday in true Miami beach style! Attendees will be immersed in the tropical essences and pulsing energy of South Beach, as we celebrate with the very best music, fine cuisine, and entertainment South Beach has to offer.
As We Look Forward
2019 is an important year for the Council on Foundations. Above all, we are committed to thinking creatively (and responsively) about how we best serve Council members.
A first step under the leadership of Kathleen Enright is a comprehensive review and analysis of the Council’s membership structures and dues, to ensure we are ready to achieve our mission: advancing the work of our members and the philanthropic sector.
According to The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s recent Strengthening Grantees Report, there is a gap between the support foundations provide and the support nonprofits actually need, which is pervasive and challenging to overcome. Can funders support grantees’ actual needs when nonprofits do not directly communicate it?