Foundation Management

Foundation staff are expected to be knowledgeable and have developed a broad range of skills, from donor relations to human resources and community leadership. The Council is here to offer support by providing relevant resources to help guide your learning and sharpen your skill set in foundation management practices.

In-Depth Topics Under Foundation Management:

Mission, Vision & Values
Public Disclosure Requirements
Record Keeping and Retention
Staff Administration
Stewardship Principles
Strategic Planning

In-Depth knowledge on Foundation Management

For even the most math-phobic readers, this guide provides a convenient reference that explains the public support test as well as tools to help calculate a charity's percentage of public support. This chapter is divided into eight parts which provide an overview of the Public Support Test, then delves into specific topics including how to calculate each portion of the formula, what is not included in the Public Support Test, and consequences of failing the Public Support Test.

Drawing from demographic data for 9,424 full-time staff and salary data for 9,787 full-time staff, the 2021 GSB represents 952 institutional survey respondents. Community foundations, corporate foundations, operating foundations, public foundations, and private foundations (including family foundations) contributed to these data sets. The report includes detailed salary information for 36 full-time professional and administrative roles in philanthropy, classified by both geographic region and type of foundation.

The Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report (GSB) provides salary, benefits, and diversity data for full-time staff at U.S. foundations to aid in budget planning and personnel practice benchmarking. Information is presented by grantmaker type, foundation type, asset size, and geographic location.

For 40 years the Council has provided the most comprehensive analysis of salary and benefits for full-time staff at U.S. foundations through the Grantmaker Salary and Benefits (GSB) Report. This year the GSB Key Findings looks back on 5 years of demographic data and reveals that we have miles (and miles) to go to advance the field’s commitment to diversity.

The Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report (GSB) provides salary, benefits, and diversity data for full-time staff at U.S. foundations to aid in budget planning and personnel practice benchmarking. Information is presented by grantmaker type, foundation type, asset size, and geographic location.