The Rockefeller Archive Center
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Size: 8 cu. ft.

Contents: Though the records contain files relating to the early history of the Council as well as miscellaneous office and correspondence files, the bulk of this material documents the Council's response to tax reform efforts in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the work of the Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs (usually referred to as the Filer Commission) a privately funded panel formed in late 1973 to conduct a study of the source, scope, and impact of charitable giving in the United States.

The collection is open for research.

Arrangement: The records are divided into three series:

  1. Series 1, Tax Reform files, 1954-(1968-1978)
  2. Series 2, Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs files, 1973-1978
  3. Series 3, Miscellaneous files, 1949-1981
The files within each series are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Photograph Collection: No

Organizational History: The Council on Foundations, located in Washington, D.C. was incorporated in 1957 in the State of New York for the purpose of providing consultative and other services to foundations in the U.S. and Canada. Substantial grants in 1958 from the Rockefeller Foundation and in 1960 from the Ford Foundation allowed the Council to begin full-time operation.

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