United by a shared purpose: a better future for all.

We believe philanthropy is a powerful force for good. As a nonprofit membership association, the Council is committed to expanding trust in philanthropic organizations as they work to address society's most pressing challenges.


Building Together 2024

Join us for the Council's annual sector event! Building Together: Leading Collaboratively Across Differences is an immersive leadership experience for philanthropic leaders who want to develop the strategies and skills to productively navigate differences in service of the greater good. Join us in Chicago, May 6-9, 2024!

Fearless Foundation

Protecting the Right to Give

The Council on Foundations and Independent Sector filed an amicus brief in support of Fearless Foundation. We believe that philanthropic organizations and individuals have the right to exercise their views through giving, as protected by the First Amendment. That includes critical efforts to support historically marginalized groups.  

Read about our efforts to make it easier—not harder—to give.

2023 GSB

Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report

The 2023 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report is updated with the most recent sector data. Information is presented by grantmaker type, foundation type, asset size, and geographic location. Download the 2023 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report today!

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