Private Foundation

23 Sep 2014

Immigrant Youth in NYC: Programs, Practices and Policy

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 -
8:45am to 11:00am
Join us for a discussion that will focus on immigrant youth issues in New York City. We will hear from the NYC Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs, the Department of City Planning Commission and youth leaders from several organizations serving...

The Effect of the Economy on the Nonprofit Sector

Publication date: 
11/2012
In its 11th annual nonprofit economic survey, GuideStar examined the effect of the economy on the American nonprofit sector by asking public charity and private foundation employees about the change in total contributions to their organizations in the first nine months of 2012 compared to the first nine months of 2011. In 2012, 37 percent of respondents said contributions had decreased, 34 percent said they had increased and 28 percent reported that they had stayed about the same.

Learn Foundation Law

Publication date: 
04/2012
The legal staff at the David and Lucile Packard, Bill & Melinda Gates, William and Flora Hewlett, and Gordon and Betty Moore foundations have developed this free, first-of-its-kind online resource, which covers the basic legal rules around what staff are allowed to fund and engage in at a private foundation, including how lobbying laws apply to private foundations, who and what they can legally fund, the types of grants private foundations are allowed to provide and how to fund projects when advocacy and lobbying are involved.
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Modernizing the 990-PF to Advance the Accountability and Performance of Foundations: A Modest Proposal

Publication date: 
03/2011
In this essay, Commonwealth Fund Executive Vice President and COO John E. Craig analyzes the shortcomings of the tax return form for private foundations and discusses how the 990-PF could be transformed into a more effective instrument for promoting accountability and best practices in the foundation sector.
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Foundation Leaders Divided on Legislation

Publication date: 
10/2010
Since 2008, two attempts have been made to pass state-wide legislation regarding the public disclosure of private foundation practices related to diversity; one succeeded and one failed. Based on survey responses from 73 members of the Center's Grantmaker Leadership Panel, Foundation Leaders Divided on Legislation finds that, on balance, these individuals tend to have unfavorable opinions of both legislative efforts. The report also gauges opinions on three recent or current field-building initiatives and two published reports on philanthropic practice.
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Accountability Self-Assessment Tool for Unstaffed Foundations

Publication date: 
11/2006
This tool for unstaffed foundations includes an accountability self-assessment and a legal checklist. It is divided into nine topic sections, each of which is divided into three levels, which can help foundations tailor the tool to meet their specific interests and needs. Also included are an Excel spreadsheet to help tabulate responses, an extensive accountability resource list, and a glossary of key words and concepts used in the tool.

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