2019 Membership Dues

Payment of Council Dues

Membership runs on the calendar year. We accept membership on a rolling basis all year round. The renewal period begins in September and the deadline to renew is December 31. If your organization is unable to pay your membership dues by December 31 of this year, please provide a will pay by date to the Membership team. Members who do not renew their membership or provide a will pay by date by March 31 will be deactivated and lose access to member benefits. 

Voting Members

Membership dues for U.S.-based organizations are determined by a three-year rolling average of assets and grants. For 2019, membership dues are calculated using data from 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Please Note: After April 1, membership dues are prorated, but never go below $1,500. 

   

Grant Making

 

 

Less than $500,000

$500,000- $749,999

$750,000- $4,999,999

$5,000,000- $9,999,999

$10,000,000- $24,999,999

$25,000,000+

 

Less than $1,000,000

$1,500

$1,700

$1,900

$2,100

$2,300

$2,500

Asset Size

$1,000,000 - $9,999,999

$2,700

$2,800

$3,200

$3,500

$3,800

$4,200

$10,000,000 - $24,999,999

$4,500

$4,600

$5,300

$5,800

$6,300

$7,000

$25,000,000 - $49,999,999

$7,500

$7,600

$8,800

$9,600

$10,500

$11,600

 

$50,000,000 - $99,999,999

$12,500

$12,600

$14,600

$15,900

$17,400

$19,300

 

$100,000,000+

$16,600

$16,800

$19,400

$21,100

$23,100

$25,000

Non-U.S. Voting Members (Members Based Outside the United States)

Dues for non-U.S.-based organizations are determined by asset size.  

Please Note: After April 1, membership dues are prorated, but never go below $1,500 USD. 

Asset Size

Dues Amount

Less than $1 million

$1,500

Between $1 million -$49 million

$2,500

More than $50 million

$5,000

Associate Members

Dues for 2019 are $1,500 annually regardless of asset size. 

Dues Policy

Membership dues may be rounded to the nearest $10. For purposes of completing Forms 990 or 990-PF, all dues paid in excess of $1,500 may be reasonably be reported as a grant rather than an administrative cost. The Council will provide an annual statement substantiation to corporations for dues paid on behalf of a corporate giving program member or combined corporate foundation and giving programs member indicating the amount of dues contribution that qualifies as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

Payment Options

Council members may report dues as a grant excluding $1,500 in administrative costs. Administrative payments and grants must cover full membership costs. Payment can be tendered by any combination of:

Check
Make checks payable to Council on Foundations and mail with completed dues statement to 2121 Crystal Drive, Ste. 700, Arlington, VA  22202.

Credit Card
Once logged into your account online, you may pay using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. You may also pay by credit card over the phone by calling 703-879-0645.
A 2.25 percent processing fee will be added to credit card transactions greater than $15,000.

Wire Transfer
Please email membership@cof.org to request details for processing a wire transfer or ACH payment.

Payment is not required until you have completed and submitted your application, it has been approved by a member of the Membership team, and you have been issued a dues statment. This process typically takes 3 business days from when your application is submitted. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Our organization was recently a member of the Council but have since resigned. If our organization is interested in joining the Council again are we required to submit another application?

A: If your organization was a member of the Council on Foundations in either 2016, 2017, or 2018, you do not need to complete an application to renew your membership. To review current dues, please review your dues table for 2019. Please email membership@cof.org to request to have a dues statment sent to you to renew your membership. 

Q: We are unable to provide a three-year rolling average of assets and grants using data from 2010, 2011, and 2012 because our organization was recently established. What information is required for newly established organizations to be approved as a voting member?

A: You do not need to complete the asset and grant information on the application. The Council will need the following information to properly review your application: 

  1. A copy of your IRS determination letter
  2. A prospective/approximate start date for your grant program
  3. A brief description of your grant program (area of focus, philsophy of, etc.)

Once you submit your application, please email these documents to the Membership team at membership@cof.org

Q: My organization is international. What information is required to be approved as a voting member?

A: The Council will need the following information to properly review your application: 

  1. A description of the foundation's grantmaking program and guidelines
  2. A list of grants paid in the most recent year (or the date by which you expect to begin making grants if you have not yet made any)

Once you submit your application, please email these documents to the Membership team at membership@cof.org

Q: If my organization becomes a member of Council, what individuals within the organization have access to log into Council's website to receive member benefits?

A: Any individual within the organization, including board members and trustees, can create his/her own username and password to log into the Council's website. 

Q: Our Council dues are intended to cover both our corporate-giving program and our corporate foundation. Does it matter which entity pays these dues?

A: Yes. Because your membership dues include membership for both the corporate-giving program and the corporate foundation, the dues must be paid by the parent company.

Q: As a corporate-giving program, will our Council dues qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income-tax purposes?

A: Yes, to a point. The amount of your dues that qualifies as a charitable deduction is limited to the amount of your contribution that is greater than the value of the goods and services provided to you as a member. Upon receipt of your dues, the Council will provide you with an estimate of the value of goods and services provided to corporate members.