Public Foundations

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.

Below is everything on our site for public foundations. You can use the filtering options on the right to narrow these results.

This report from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law provides detailed information on philanthropy law in South Africa.

This article from Coutts summarizes key charitable giving data in South Africa.

This report from the Charities Aid Foundation provides an analysis of charitable giving in South Africa.

This report for the National University of Singapore and the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy provides an analysis of entrepreneurial social finance in Asia.

This report from Resourcing Philanthropy summarizes philanthropic trends in South Africa.

This report from the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society examines the enabling enviornments for philanthropy and private social investment in 15 Asian countries.

This article from NGOSource explains authorization laws and regulations for civil society organizations in Mexico.

A report from Philanthropic Foundations Canada on trends resources, and strategies in community philanthropy in Canada.

This report from UBS Wealth Management examines African philanthropy and charitable giving by wealthy donors to Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

This report from the International Center for Not-for-profit law has detailed information on Philanthropy law in Nigeria.