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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Strengthening Local Communities to Achieve Global Goals

Overview

There are significant challenges facing communities in the Southwest, including racial inequality in education, economic opportunities and health outcomes.

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot…

  • CHARITY Act is reintroduced in Senate
  • Tax Reform Update: Freedom Caucus weighs in on tax reform
  • Senate continues work on health care legislation
  • Deadline for addressing debt limit more fluid than previously thought
  • In the States: Budgets and late nights at the legislature, Massachusetts considers linking nonprofit salaries and property tax exemptions, States seeking Medicaid waivers
  • Giving USA 2017 report is released

Today, the Council on Foundations released the following statement from President and CEO Vikki Spruill:

One year ago today, our nation was rocked by the horrific attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In a message expressing our solidarity with those affected by the attack, we noted that it was particularly tragic because this event occurred at a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) nightclub during the very month that many across the nation were celebrating LGBTQ pride.

Just before the Annual Conference, the Career Pathways cohort met up in Dallas for our next session. Here’s what we did during these three days of learning, sharing, and growth.

We went all-in right from the start. On the first day, the cohort gathered in a circle to share stories of self-care, personal celebration, promotion, and work/life balance. By now, we were friends reuniting in a familiar space, which enabled us to talk freely about taking risks, seizing opportunities, and navigating our careers as women, people of color, and/or allies focused on DEI.

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot...

  • Tax Reform Update: Congress must address a packed agenda before getting to tax reform
  • "Johnson Amendment" may be discussed in House hearing
  • DOE aims to reduce regulations following EO
  • President Trump unveils infrastructure plan in budget
  • In the States: Nonprofits ratchet up pressure to break Illinois budget impasse; Texas bans governments from seeking sermon disclosures