Publications

The CCSF is the most comprehensive and authoritative annual survey of its kind on foundation investment and governance practices, and provides data for the benefit of foundation trustees and staff, as well as the larger community of grantees, policymakers and stakeholders. The 228 foundations participating in the 2015 CCSF represent $100.6 billion in assets. One hundred thirty private and 98 community foundations make up the Study, which covers the 2015 fiscal year

This full report offers the most comprehensive information available on staff composition and compensation for U.S. foundations. It contains salaries for 35 full-time positions; allows grantmakers to benchmark compensation against their peers by foundation type, asset size, and region; and offers extensive information on benefits policies and practices.

The 2015 Salary Tables provide aggregate information on staff salaries among U.S. foundations and corporate giving programs. This data is typically used by Council members and other foundations to provide insight into appropriate compensation for new hires or existing employees. The 2015 tables compile data on over 9,000 full-time employees at 951 foundations with over $279 billion in assets. Responses came from across the country and the tables examine compensation by position, type of foundation, asset size, and region. Mean, median, range, 25th, and 75th percentiles are provided.

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.

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.

Built On Principle: A Guide to Family Foundation Stewardship

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

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.

Corporate Strategic Philanthropy Solutions Brief

This Solutions Brief consolidates lessons learned from roundtable and teleconference discussions and research from the field on corporate strategic philanthropy.

Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations

A joint product of the Council on Foundations and the European Foundation Centre, this publication suggests eight principles plus practical tips for grantmakers to consider when responding to emergency situations.

Diversity and Inclusiveness Solutions Brief

This Solutions Brief consolidates lessons learned from roundtable and teleconference discussions and research from the field on diversity and inclusiveness in corporate philanthropy.

Economic Development: A Legal Guide for Grantmakers

Economic Development contains information that all grantmakers can use plus specific guidance for private foundations, community foundations, and corporate grantmakers.

The report explores the ways in which infrastructure organizations think about the value and the mechanics of collaboration—the drivers and barriers to collaborative work—and to determine ways to encourage more effective partnerships. The publication features a framework for understanding different types of collaboration, a set of recommendations for better collaboration, and a series of case studies that show a range of partnerships that tease out the potential benefits and challenges of various kinds of collaboration.