CSG’s 21st Century Foundation is an internally administered fund designed to support diverse programs conducted by and through The Council of State Governments. Programs supported by the 21st Century Foundation seek to strengthen the performance of member jurisdictions by encouraging multi-jurisdictional ventures, enhancing state leadership and decision-making, establishing international cooperation and promoting innovative models of collaboration among the public, private and nongovernmental sectors.
CSG’s 21st Century Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by CSG staff. The Board of Trustees is composed of not less than thirty-five, but no more than fifty members and includes both public- and private-sector participants of which the majority are public-sector officials. Private-sector members making qualifying contributions to CSG’s 21st Century Foundation are entitled to serve as trustees for a five-year term.
The Board of Trustees is chaired by CSG’s national chair-elect and is vice chaired by CSG’s national vice chair. CSG’s executive director serves as president and chief executive officer of the 21st Century Foundation.
CSG’s 21st Century Foundation gives high priority to granting funds for public policy research and education that addresses the following areas:
Increases CSG’s policy and programming capacity, as well as on-staff expertise;
Expands CSG’s policy reach into under-developed issue areas;
Focuses on challenges present in CSG’s member jurisdictions;
Fosters collaborations/partnerships with external groups, including public, private and NGOs;
Emphasizes multi-jurisdictional problem solving and/or participation;
Facilitates national/regional policy dialogues on current and pressing issues with an emphasis on member education, information exchange and the creation of innovative policy options for member jurisdictions; and
Creates sustainable programming that lasts beyond the Foundation’s initial investment.