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Building Strong and Ethical Foundations: Doing It Right

Council on Foundations

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–June 30, 2008
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

In response to recent scrutiny and skepticism toward philanthropic institutions, the Council on Foundations (COF) has developed a two-year program, "Building Strong and Ethical Foundations: Doing It Right." The goal of the program is to strengthen the accountability and ethical performance of the foundation community.Multiyear funding will address two areas: developing new guiding principles and governance standards that add specifics to the current COF principles and practices for effective grantmaking; and increasing professional development and improving educational materials and outreach to foundation professionals, advisers, and state and federal charity officials. Activities will include creating a committee on ethics and enforcement to examine and revise COF’s current policies; convening at least 12 meetings across the United States to address legal and ethical practices; and enhancing COF’s educational programs to include more coverage of standards for ethical conduct by foundations.COF is a membership organizations of private, community and corporate foundations established to promote responsible and effective philanthropy.