The defining characteristic of a private foundation is donor control. Private foundations are usually privately created, funded, and operated by a single individual, family, or company. As a result, private foundations are generally not dependent upon the support of outside donors and are therefore not subject to the same degree of public scrutiny as public charities that depend on outside funding for their survival.
How to Start a Non-Profit Organization
We put together a guide to five things all non-profit founders should do before filling out any paperwork to help you get started on the path to success.