Publications

1969 Private Foundation Law Cover

In this paper, an attorney recalls what motivated Congress to place severe restrictions on private foundations and reviews the process of shaping the private foundation legislation and its eventual passage.

2016 Full Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report Cover

The 2016 Full Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report offers the most comprehensive information in the field of grantmaking on compensation levels and salary administration.

2016 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report: Administrative and Program Expense Tables

The 2016 Administrative and Program Expense Tables provide foundations with tools to benchmark their expenses – charitable administrative, program service, and qualifying distributions – against peers in the field. Containing data collected through the Council’s 2016 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey, this report offers detailed breakdowns of the data by grantmaker type, staff size, geographic location, and asset group (note – this report does not examine fees associated with fund administration at community foundations).

2016 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report: Board Compensation Tables Cover

The 2016 Board Compensation Tables provide foundation board and staff with the tools they need to benchmark their board compensation policies and practices against peers in the field. This report contains data collected through the Council’s 2016 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey and presented by foundation type, asset group, and U.S. Census region.

2016 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report: Salary Tables

The 2016 Salary Tables provide aggregate information on staff salaries among U.S. foundations and corporate giving programs.

2017 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report Cover

This report provides salary, benefits, and diversity data for full-time staff at U.S. foundations to aid in budget planning and personnel practice benchmarking.

2017 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report: Salary Tables Cover

The 2017 Salary Tables provide salary data for full-time staff at U.S. foundations and corporate grantmakers. Information is presented by grantmaker type, foundation type, asset size, and geographic location.

2018 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report Cover

This report provides salary, benefits, and diversity data for full-time staff at U.S. foundations to aid in budget planning and personnel practice benchmarking.

2019 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report Cover

This report provides salary, benefits, and diversity data for full-time staff at U.S. foundations to aid in budget planning and personnel practice benchmarking.

2019 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report: Board Compensation Tables Cover

The 2019 Board Compensation Tables provide foundation board and staff with the tools they need to benchmark their board compensation policies and practices against peers in the field. This report contains data collected through the Council's 2019 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey and presented by foundation type, asset group, and U.S. Census region.

Guide to Advocacy, Lobbying & Election Related Activity

The purpose of this chapter of Mastering Foundation Law: The Council on Foundations Compendium of Legal Resources is to help you understand the federal tax laws and regulations that govern how, when, and to what extent different types of foundations can engage with policymakers, their staff, or candidates running for public office.

Globe with Currency

Understanding the challenges of currency fluctuations on international grantmaking, and taking action to minimize their impact can ensure that this natural process does not become an added barrier to overseas giving. This resource focuses on some of the challenges foundations and giving programs and their grantees face as a result of fluctuating currency exchange rates, and highlights various ways that U.S. grantmakers are dealing with them in their international grantmaking activities. It offers insights from the field that may be useful to grantmakers considering starting an international giving program and to more seasoned ones wishing to improve their practices.

Overview of the Law Governing Community Foundations

This chapter of Mastering Foundation Law is intended to examine and explain those common legal characteristics shared by community foundations and to provide a comprehensive legal overview of the rules and regulations that govern community foundations. Federal tax law will be the focus although certain sections will discuss state-specific law. You will also find some comparisons between community foundations and other organizations such as private foundations.

Built On Principle Cover

Built on Principle will help family foundations achieve excellence using the Stewardship Principles for Family Foundations as a blueprint for excellence.

Closing a Foundation

Closing a nonprofit charitable institution presents a range of unknowns to the grantmaking community. In this analysis, authors John Dickason and Duncan Neuhauser provide guidance to foundations considering whether to create a time-limited foundation or bring a foundation to an end. Topics include managing finances, grants, human and physical resources, archives, history and records.