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Stewardship Principles for Corporate Grantmakers


Stewardship Principles for Corporate Grantmakers

Publication Date: 
January, 2004
Council on Foundations

Through their philanthropy, companies aspire to achieve a lasting and positive impact on society. Companies’ resources extend well beyond cash and product and include leadership and reputation, processes and disciplines, and employee time and talent.

Companies strive to be responsible stewards of their philanthropic resources, to uphold the public trust, and to practice their philanthropy in ways that reflect fundamental values, including honesty, integrity, fairness and respect. In carrying out their philanthropic activities, companies must, at a minimum, comply with federal, state and local law—but most go further.

These Stewardship Principles and Practice Options to Strengthen Performance describe how corporate grantmakers can reflect these fundamental values in their governance, management and grantmaking.

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