Foundation Operations and Management Report

The premier benchmarking resource for foundations with few or no staff.

The 2017 edition of our flagship report includes mission-critical statistics about member foundations’ boards & governance, investments, administration, and grantmaking. It also includes the latest benchmarking data on salary and benefits.

Members:  Receive 1 printed copy of the report and have exclusive access to the digital copy. Members can also purchase additional printed copies at a reduced price.

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About the Report

The 2017 Foundation Operations and Management Report is based on the 16th operations and management survey of members of Exponent Philanthropy that was fielded in the summer of 2016.

More foundations that operate with few or no staff are engaging in activities that expand beyond traditional grantmaking, The report highlights numerous activities that lead to outsized impact, allowing each dollar granted to result in more than just the monetary value of their giving, including:

  • 79% send board members on site visits
  • 63% collaborate with other funders
  • 43% convene grantees

It also includes the following findings:

  • Foundation members collectively awarded an estimated $4 billion, 5.2% of their assets.
  • Succession and the need for greater focus/impact in their grantmaking are  top concerns
  • Women outnumber men in all the staff roles in the survey with just 44% of CEO/top administrators identifying as male.
  • Women CEOs or executive directors earn, on average, 85 cents for every $1 paid to men, regardless of employee experience or foundation asset size.

Exponent Philanthropy members support many issues, including education (75%), human services (60%), health (55%), arts & culture (52%), and environment and animals (33%). They are funding locally (83%), at the state level (40%), regionally (23%), nationally (35%), and internationally (21%).

About this survey

This annual survey, open to our over 2,000 members, creates a unique benchmarking tool that tells the powerful story of small staff philanthropy in the United States. Results of this survey are published in the Foundations Operations and Management Report.