Voting members of the Council on Foundations are foundations, corporations or philanthropic entities that primarily provide charitable support to two or more unrelated, external organizations or individuals on an annual basis and that support the public good. The member's governance structure is independent of government control or created by tribal law. The purpose for joining the Council is to advance philanthropy through learning and connecting with others involved in philanthropic activity.
Associate members of the Council on Foundations are philanthropic support entities, organizations or consultants that are engaged in the professional business of serving foundations, corporations or philanthropic entities.
Examples of associate members include:
- Academic programs/centers on the nonprofit or philanthropy sectors
- Nonprofit organizations providing services to grantmakers and foundations
- Legal and financial advisors to foundations/giving programs/individual donors
- Law firms
- Consulting firms and consultants who advise in the practice of philanthropy or who advise organizations that serve the field of philanthropy
- Vendors to the philanthropic field (for example: software providers, publishers)
Council's proration policy
NEW MEMBER DUES â€“ PRORATION POLICY
- New Council members who join in the first calendar quarter of the year are
required to pay the full yearâ€™s dues amount.
- New Council members who join in either the second or third calendar quarter of
the year will have their first-year dues prorated accordingly, with a minimum
payment for the year of $500.
- New Council members who join in the fourth calendar quarter of the year are
required to pay the full yearâ€™s dues amount for the following calendar year
and will receive complementary Council membership for the remainder of the current
Council's policy on sanctioning members
Council on Foundationsâ€™ Policy on Sanctioning Members
While Council members are committed to best practices and high standards of conduct,
the Council is not an enforcement organization. Its interest is in protecting and
preserving the public trust by encouraging ethically sound management of philanthropic
institutions. This commitment to responsible and effective philanthropy led the
Councilâ€™s Board of Directors to establish specific procedures for invoking sanctions
for possible or proven institutional misconduct by its members. This process strengthens
the ability of the field to regulate itself and helps the Council fulfill its mission
to educate its members about best practices and ethics in philanthropy. This and
other efforts by grantmakers to monitor their own conduct will help prevent the
need for further state and federal oversight and demonstrates the fieldâ€™s eagerness
to comply with not only the letter of the law, but the spirit as well.
For the complete text of the Council on Foundationsâ€™ Policy on Sanctioning Members,
visit our membership section of the COF website: www.cof.org.