Foundation Expenses and Compensation

Interim Report 2005

Elizabeth T. Boris, Loren Renz, Mark A. Hager

2005, 20 pages. The Urban Institute, The Foundation Center,, Washington, DC, 20037

PDF available at The Urban Institute

This interim report provides a summary of the findings to date from the Foundation Expenses and Compensation Study. The study considers the expense and compensation patterns of the 10,000 largest independent, corporate, and community foundations in 2001. A key purpose of the research is to identify foundation characteristics and operating styles that affect levels of expenses and compensation, including foundation type, size, staffing, scope of giving, and direct charitable activities. This interim report focuses on charitable expenses for independent foundations and on compensation levels across all foundation types.