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.

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Speakers for the 2021 HR Retreat.
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Updated information about the impact of Hurricane Ida on communities and resources for foundations.
Public Policy and Advocacy for Grantmakers provides a roadmap for how foundations can advance their mission and goals by participating in public policy advocacy. The publication includes stories of how foundations across the country have been successful in their policy and advocacy efforts, recommendations and resources for how to engage in public policy and advocacy, and guidance and information specific to public and community foundations.
Join the Council on Foundations to discuss our recently published white paper, which dives into the challenges facing the sector as foundations work to develop solutions that meet their needs. You’ll hear suggestions, recommendations, and next steps from our team and leaders in the field.
Listing of 2021 UNGA side-events that philanthropic and foundation leaders might be interested in attending.
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