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Analysis of Expenses and Compensation in Large and Mid-Size Foundations

Urban Institute

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $145,407
  • Grant Period April 1, 2004–October 31, 2004
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Recent interest in the administrative expenses of foundations and the compensation of trustees, officers and directors has created the need to examine foundation operations. Since legislation to correct and prevent abuses is being considered by various congressional leaders, it is vital to provide accurate information regarding foundation practices. The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute will analyze and report on its findings.Funding will enable the center to complete an initial examination of operating, administrative and compensation expenses for the 10,000 largest U.S. foundations, including community foundations. To form the research database for this study, the institute will partner with the Foundation Center and Guidestar, merging data from each. The analysis will focus on determining the differences in the financial variables for foundations with different characteristics. Additional funding will support analysis and report writing, and assist with project meetings.The Urban Institute, founded in 1968, investigates the social and economic problems facing the United States, and government policies and programs designed to alleviate them.