2013 Foundation Operations and Management Report
ASF is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Foundation Operations and Management Report—the most comprehensive source for benchmarking data on small-staff foundation governance, administration, investments, and grantmaking.
More than 750 ASF members responded to our survey questionnaires this year, allowing this report to remain the most powerful source of data on small-staff foundation giving.
Highlights from the report
- ASF members direct 67% of grant dollars to local communities and gave more than $4 billion in total to local, national, and international causes in 2012.
- ASF members spend just 15 cents per dollar in operating costs; nearly two-thirds of board members serve without compensation.
- Thirty-one percent of ASF members have no staff; a typical foundation with staff has just 1.5 staff persons.
ASF members may download a digital copy of the report at no charge. All ASF member contacts will receive one print copy of the report and may purchase additional print copies at a special rate.
We encourage you to share this report with your board, staff, and advisors to spark rich conversation about ways to operate more efficiently and more effectively in pursuit of your philanthropic goals.
We offer a special thank you to our partners in producing the 2013 Foundation Operations and Management Report: Lawrence Associates, O’Connor Davies, and in particular Glenmede for being the exclusive financial services underwriter for the report’s Investments section.
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