The client came to us with a great idea. She wanted to use her private foundation to purchase mittens, gloves and scarves for underprivileged schoolchildren and distribute them directly, without the aid of a charitable organization other than her own. After all, she wanted to leverage her own relationships, labor and funding so why should she rely on a third party to carry out this task?
Happily, she didn’t need to work through an outside organization. As her Foundation Source Philanthropic Advisor explained, private foundations are legally empowered to undertake their own charitable activities.