Private Foundation Consulting

Benefits of a Private Foundation

With your own private foundation, you’ll get more than just tax savings. You will also have the ability to further your unique charitable goal alternatives with the retention of a great measure of control over how such alternatives are realized. Here are some of the key benefits you can gain:

  • Be taken more seriously as a philanthropist
  • Enhance your ability to make the world a better place
  • Get a current-year federal income tax deduction for any contributions to the foundation
  • Create a legacy that links the family name with good works
  • Teach your values and share your vision with your children
  • Retain full legal control over the foundation’s governance, assets, and spending
  • Grant directly to international, as well as U.S., public charities
  • Have the foundation make grants, scholarships, or loans directly to individuals in need consistent with the foundation’s charitable purposes
  • Run charitable programs without the need to set up a nonprofit public charity
  • Charitable contributions are not subject to federal estate or gift taxes

Private Foundation Funding Options

Private Foundations are typically funded by a single individual, family, or business. They can be funded with, and continue to hold, a wide variety of assets. Assets that can be held in a private foundation include:

  • Cash and publicly traded securities
  • Alternative assets, including private equity
  • Real estate
  • Tangible assets (art, jewelry, collectibles)
  • Intangible personal property (copyrights, patents, royalties)
  • Life insurance and annuities

Great Opportunity – As demonstrated above, for a donor with the desire to make a contribution that can help further a charitable purpose, there is probably no other charitable alternative that offers the same degree of flexibility of design, retention of control and tax advantages that a private foundation offers.

Private Foundation Best Practices / Recommendations

We advise private foundations to measure their governance procedures against the procedures and policies mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and other applicable law.

  • Conflicts of interest policy
  • Audit oversight policy
  • Whistle-blower protection policy
  • Investment policy statement
  • Prudent fiduciary oversight capability
  • Ongoing due diligence and monitoring
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Documentation of adherence to policies

Services Offered by the Firm

Our staff of foundation experts will guide you every step of the way, so you can easily take advantage of every IRS-sanctioned option to accomplish your charitable goals. We presently offer the following services:

  1. Foundation accounting and administration
  2. Statement of account preparation and record keeping
  3. Foundation tax return preparation and filings
  4. Foundation cash management and disbursements
  5. Financial and regulatory reporting
  6. Optional annual investment reviews
  7. Adherence to the reporting obligations under the Internal Revenue Code

Efficient, worry-free foundation administration is the key to a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Our professional staff handles the details that keep your foundation running smoothly, so you can focus on your philanthropic goals.


The information provided herein is not a substitute for expert legal, tax, or other professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances, and may not be relied upon for the purposes of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code or other federal or state laws or regulations.

For More Information, Contact Us

Janet Butters, CPA
Director
301.917.6200
jbutters@
ecohencpas.com

Doug Trueheart, CPA
Principal
301.917.6200
dtrueheart@
ecohencpas.com