The Council on Foundations is a nonprofit membership association that serves as a guide for philanthropies as they advance the greater good. Building on our 75-year history, the Council supports over 900 member organizations in the United States and around the world to build trust in philanthropy, expand pathways to giving, engage broader perspectives, and co-create solutions that will lead to a better future for all. Learn more about becoming a Council member and accessing exclusive benefits.

Our Vision

Philanthropy is a trusted partner in advancing the greater good.

Our Mission

The Council on Foundations fosters an environment where philanthropy can thrive and cultivates a community of diverse and skilled philanthropic professionals and organizations who lead with integrity, serve as ethical stewards and advocate for progress.

Our Core Beliefs

Philanthropy plays a critical role in strengthening diverse civil society and supporting communities where everyone thrives.

By fostering a community of philanthropic leaders who generously share knowledge and resources, build trusting relationships and engage in challenging conversations across difference, we can enhance the impact of grantmakers across the U.S. and around the world.

Public trust in philanthropy expands when our field demonstrates high professional and ethical standards, integrates perspectives from those most affected by our decisions and commits to continual learning.

A more robust understanding of philanthropy by policy makers and the public helps create the supportive policy environment needed to expand individual and institutional giving in the United States.

We encourage and support multi-sector collaboration and partnerships as philanthropy works to address systemic issues.

Philanthropic organizations are continually expanding their knowledge and understanding of how change happens. To realize the full promise of philanthropy and keep pace with community needs, a diverse, empathetic and skilled workforce is essential.

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Shared purpose. Collective voice. Greater impact.

Philanthropy is a trusted partner in advancing the greater good.