Press Release

New research by the Council on Foundations released today provides important benchmarking data on the salary, compensation, and demographics of U.S. foundations. The 2015 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report is the largest and most comprehensive report on foundation staff composition and compensation in 2015. The report found that racial and ethnic minorities continue to be underrepresented at all staffing levels and that significant gender and age gaps exist within the philanthropic sector.

The Council on Foundations is pleased to announce that Floyd Mills has been named its Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a new position intended to advance the Council’s work to promote inclusiveness as a fundamental operating principal in philanthropic organizations. The Council affirms diversity in its many forms, encompassing, but not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, economic circumstance, class, disability, geography, and philosophy.

In an effort to recognize foundations that work to improve neighborhoods and the lives of the people who live in them, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Council on Foundations announced the 2016 winners of the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Presented at COF's 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. yesterday, ten foundations earned the award for their outstanding partnership with the public sector. From helping students get through college, to implementing a program for seniors to stay in their homes, these foundations have made significant improvements in housing and neighborhoods. In addition to education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability, and economic development across all American geographies – urban, suburban and rural.

The Council on Foundations announces the recipients of The Distinguished Service Award, Robert Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, and the Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications. These awards recognize excellence in philanthropy and honor exemplary leaders in the field.

The Council on Foundations is pleased to announce that Brad Ward has been named its new Director of Community Philanthropy. He joins the Council’s member relations team led by Paula Wolferseder Yabar to expand the Council’s support of community foundations and other philanthropic organizations focused on community- and place-based philanthropy.