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.

Getting Started is a new members-only resource within Country Notes. To help connect you with others working in Mexico, we have identified:

Getting Started is a new members-only resource within Country Notes. To help connect you with others working in Germany, we have identified:

Getting Started is a new members-only resource within Country Notes. To help connect you with others working in the Philippines, we have identified:

Getting Started is a new members-only resource within Country Notes. To help connect you with others working in South Africa, we have identified:

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

Getting Started is a new members-only resource within Country Notes. To help connect you with others working in Uganda, we have identified:

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.

This study from The Development Center of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides a cross-country analysis of the current state of collaboration between foundations and the government in Mexico, India, Myanmar, and Kenya and offers recommendations for improved relations