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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 $175,043
  • Grant Period April 1, 2004–October 31, 2004
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

This grant supports research that examines the administrative expenses and compensation of trustees and officers of the 10,000 largest U.S. foundations for the year 2001. The Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy will do the analysis and produce a report of findings. The institute is partnering with the Foundation Center and GuideStar, which will provide the basic data from IRS Form 990-PF and from an annual survey of independent, operating, and corporate foundations. Community foundation data from IRS Form 990 will be included in the study for comparative purposes. Findings will be useful in providing a clearer, more accurate picture of alleged financial abuses that have been reported recently in the media concerning private foundation administrative expenses and the compensation of trustees, officers, and directors.