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Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women's Funds

January 1, 2009

In recent years, interest in philanthropy for and by women has intensified, accompanied by a growing acceptance of the idea that philanthropic investments in women and girls can accelerate positive change in communities. To understand this evolution in thinking and practice within philanthropy, the Foundation Center partnered with the Women's Funding Network, a global movement of women's funds, to chart the current landscape of philanthropy focused on women and girls and document the specific role played by women's funds.

Giving in the Aftermath of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Update on the Foundation and Corporate Response

August 15, 2007

Provides a comprehensive record of the resources that institutional donors provided in response to the Gulf Coast hurricanes. Includes an analysis of interviews with ten of the top twenty-five independent foundations that responded to the disaster.

National trends; Special topic trends

International Grantmaking Update: A Snapshot of U.S. Foundation Trends, 2006

October 1, 2006

Following a period of rapid growth, giving by U.S. foundations for international purposes declined in 2002.1 The stock market downturn, a recession, and a more difficult climate for giving in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the ensuing "war on terrorism" all contributed to this reduction in support. Since that time, several factors have heightened global economic and political instability: the uneven stock market recovery, record oil prices, an ongoing war in Iraq, and tensions with Iran and North Korea. Over the same period, the international community faced human tragedies of epic scale, from the Darfur crisis in Sudan to the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. In this context of uncertainty and acute needs, how has international giving fared? This interim report, prepared by the Foundation Center in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, presents a brief update of key trends through 2005 and discusses the current outlook for giving. The study provides estimates of overall giving by private and community foundations; and an analysis of patterns of giving from 2002 to 2004 based on a sample of larger U.S. foundations (see "Sampling Base" for further details).

International trends

Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates: 2006 Edition

April 3, 2006

Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates is part of the annual Foundations Today Series of reports on foundation growth and trends in foundation giving. It provides a "first look" at 2005 giving and directions for 2006 giving, together with aggregated actual 2004 giving and asset figures for close to 68,000 grantmaking U.S. foundations.

Foundations Today: Growth and Giving Estimates, 2006 edition

April 3, 2006

Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates is part of the annual Foundations Today Series of reports on foundation growth and trends in foundation giving. It provides a "first look" at 2005 giving and directions for 2006 giving, together with aggregated actual 2004 giving and asset figures for close to 68,000 grantmaking U.S. foundations.

National trends

Foundation Funding for Arts Education

October 1, 2005

Examines the size and scope of arts education grantmaking by U.S. foundations in 2003, and changes in giving since 1999. Includes brief profiles of leading arts education grantmakers, demonstrating the wide variety of arts education strategies employed.

Special topic trends

Foundation Center's International Grantmaking Update

October 1, 2003

This report offers a brief review of international giving and the grantmaking trends through the years 1998 to 2002, focusing especially in how the events in 2001 and the market decline affected foundations and their giving.

International trends