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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In This Week's Edition of Snapshot…

  • Council submits tax reform comments to Senate Finance Committee
  • Tax Reform Update: House committee approves budget, takes first legislative step towards tax reform
  • Senate Finance Committee to consider Mr. Kautter’s nomination today
  • In the States: Michigan court clarifies property tax exemption; California nonprofits object to burdensome contracting legislation

In response to a call for input on tax reform from Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Council submitted comments on behalf of our members detailing our position on a number of tax policy issues that will impact philanthropy and charitable giving. Highlights from these comments include:

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot…

  • Tax Reform Update: Health care debate slows other legislative action, but Congress is still ramping up for tax reform
  • House Appropriations Committee to consider Johnson Amendment provision in a bill markup today
  • Senate Finance to hold confirmation hearing for Kautter
  • Trending in Legal Affairs: Funding public charities that lobby when multiple funders are involved

The Council’s Global Team is excited to welcome a new addition! Nicolette Gerald is a graduate of George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics. She will be spending the next two months with us as a summer intern before beginning her graduate studies in public policy this fall.

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, a time during which we celebrate our origins as a nation of immigrants. The Council’s staff, its board, it strategic partners, its member organizations and the communities they serve are all inclusive of immigrants. As a national organization and a leading voice within the philanthropic sector, the Council takes great pride in the diversity represented by this immigrant population and the rich difference of perspectives it brings to the important work our members do. 

Editor’s Note: The Council’s legal team regularly receives questions regarding the data security of foundation operations and donor and grantee information. Lara Kalwinski, Senior Counsel, connected with Lucy Bernholz to find the right expert to break down these issues for us.

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot…

  • Hill Briefing on Charitable Giving and Tax Reform
  • Tax Reform Update: Brady Insists on Complete Overhaul Instead of Mere Tax Cuts
  • Senate Delays Health Care Vote, Complicates Tax Reform Timeline
  • In the States: Lack of budgets in three states creating challenges, calls to action; Demonstrating nonprofit impact in St. Louis

The Council on Foundations was proud to participate as a partner organization in the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To National Veterans Convening, a summit focused on veteran transition.

In This Week's Edition of Snapshot…

  • Tax Reform Update: Senate Finance Chairman calls for input on tax reform
  • Health care seems to gain steam in Senate
  • HUD announces it will begin accepting unsolicited proposals for research
  • In the States: Delaware charitable deduction at risk

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