The Theory of the Foundation: Core Framework

This infographic is part of GrantCraft's Leadership Series paper Frameworks for Private Foundations: A New Model for Impact, produced in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, which explores the core frameworks that shape private foundations, and offers a roadmap for funders interested in reflecting on these frameworks to better align purpose, public benefit, and action.

The Theory of the Foundation offers a framework for introspection that enables foundations to address urgent questions and explore fundamental beliefs or implicit assumptions about their work. Fundamentally, the Theory of the Foundation framework is composed of three core elements—charter, social compact, and operating capabilities—that together inform a foundation’s structure and approach.​ For more information on the Theory of the Foundation click here

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