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 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

This report examines the state of community foundations in Mexico

This report from Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) presents an analysis of the current trends in global philanthropy

This report from Foundation Centers highlights the key findings and outcomes from a workshop on data strategy and capacity building in Kenya.

A summary of key findings from the Yetu Initiative on corporate philanthropy in Kenya.

This study from The Development Center of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides an overview of the current state of collaboration between foundations and the government in Kenya, and offers recommendations for enhancement.

This article from the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies presents an overview of the evolving state of philanthropy in Southeast Asia.

This report from Asia Philanthropy Circle examines opportunities for grantmaking in education in Indonesia

This report from Credit Suisse examines philanthropy and grantmaking patterns around issues of old age. 

This report from Singapore Management University examines the public policies influencing charitable descision making in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.