Celebrating Bill Bowes

Our PFS team is saddened to share the news that Bill Bowes, the President and Founder of the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation and a client of Pacific Foundation Services, passed away on December 28, 2016. We have heard from many of his grantees with whom he had worked...

Making Sense of the 5% Rule

There is much talk in philanthropy about the “five percent rule,” the legal requirement that each year, a private foundation is required to spend at least five percent of its endowment on grants and expenses related to charitable activity. Clients are often asking me...

Site Visits: A Guide for Nonprofits

Our last blog post looked at site visits, in particular how foundations can help make them more productive. In this post, we return to site visits from the nonprofit’s perspective, and answer some frequently asked questions from our nonprofit colleagues. I APPLIED FOR...