Though many people enjoy the experience of giving for years through a private foundation, sometimes private foundations run their course. In these cases, the Billings Community Foundation provides a good option for the transfer of funds—enabling you to terminate your private foundation yet continue its charitable mission.
While rewarding, administering the grantmaking of your private foundation can be time-consuming and even costly. If you enjoy the experience of your private foundation but seek simpler management, the Billings Community Foundation provides a variety of fee-based, back-office services:
  • Working with trustees to craft a charitable mission statement, identifying your foundation’s goals and grantmaking priorities and assisting in developing consistent grant guidelines.
  • Providing input on community needs and conditions.
  • Evaluating grant proposals to assure alignment with your priorities and guidelines.
  • Processing grant requests, including a review and summary report on proposal quality.
  • Due diligence, grant administration and check processing.
  • Monitoring and evaluating grant recipients.
  • Following grant decisions made by trustees, sending out notification letters, writing checks and reporting on the status of grants.
  • Financial reporting.
*Donor Advised Funds and Donor Designated Permanent Endowments are both excellent, cost-efficient alternatives to private foundations.


**Many donors choose to maintain both a private foundation and a fund with their community foundation. The two can work in concert to achieve certain charitable and financial objectives.