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Giving in Illinois 2019

November 14, 2019

Illinois is home to over 5,200 active grantmaking foundations spanning all types—independent or family, corporate, community, and operating—sizes, and issue areas. The community includes many foundations that only give locally or within the state, as well as those that fund nationally and even internationally. Giving in Illinois provides an overview of the scale and composition of the Illinois foundation community and grantmaking priorities of foundations funding in Illinois.

Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture

March 27, 2018

Published in the Winter 2018 edition of GIA Reader, the latest edition of GIA's annual Arts Funding Snapshot will include "Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture, 2015," based on the most recent completed year of Foundation Center data, and "Public Funding for the Arts, 2017," prepared by the National Assembly of State Art Agencies (NASAA). Reina Mukai, research manager for the Foundation Center, and Ryan Stubbs, research director for NASAA, share their insight into what these findings reveal about the current arts grantmaking environment.

Giving in Illinois 2016

April 7, 2016

Illinois is home to over 5,200 grantmaking foundations spanning all types—independent or family, corporate, community, and operating—sizes, and issue areas. The community includes many foundations that only give locally or within the state, as well as those that fund nationally and even internationally. The following analysis provides an overview of the scale and composition of the Illinois foundation community and an examination of how Illinois foundations have fared relative to U.S. foundations in general over the past decade.

Foundation Funding for Arts Education: An Update on Foundation Trends

April 10, 2015

To document the size and scope of arts education grantmaking by US foundations, Foundation Center and Grantmakers in the Arts collaborated on a 2005 report. The report examined foundation grantmaking for arts education between 1999 and 2003 and represented the most comprehensive analysis of foundation arts education support available. This new report updates the analysis of foundation arts education funding through 2012 and illustrates how support for arts education has evolved during a period of pronounced economic volatility and dramatic political and technological change.

Giving in Illinois, 2015

January 1, 2015

Illinois is home to over 5,200 grantmaking foundations spanning all types—independent or family, corporate, community, and operating—sizes, and issue areas. The community includes many foundations that only give locally or within the state, as well as those that fund nationally and even internationally. The following analysis provides an overview of the scale and composition of the Illinois foundation community and an examination of how Illinois foundations have fared relative to U.S. foundations in general over the past decade.

Giving in Florida, 2015

January 1, 2015

Florida is home to a vibrant and growing grantmaking community addressing issues ranging from the arts to medical research to the sciences at the local, national, and even international level. This report outlines the state of giving in Florida and includes key findings, a broad variety of information detailing the philanthropic landscape of the state, and predictions for the future of giving in Florida.

Regional trends

Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture, 2014

September 1, 2014

Foundation Center offers these key findings from GIA's thirteenth snapshot of foundation giving to arts and culture. The definition of arts and culture used for this snapshot is based on the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities and encompasses funding for the performing arts, museums, visual arts, multidisciplinary arts, media and communications, humanities, and historical preservation. Most importantly, the findings tell us about the changes in foundation giving for the arts between 2011 and 2012 by a matched set of 714 funders and the distribution of 2012 arts and culture giving by the 1,000 largest US foundations by total giving.1 They are based on all arts grants of $10,000 or more reported to Foundation Center by these sets of the largest US foundations, hereafter referred to as "the sample".2 The Center has conducted annual examinations of the giving patterns of the nation's largest foundations for close to four decades.

Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence in California

April 21, 2014

The emotional, physical, and mental health consequences of domestic violence are numerous and ripple not only through generations of families directly impacted, but through communities and society overall. Programs and policies that enable survivors and their families to access services and escape violence are critical to breaking the cycle of violence for future generations. Education and prevention are increasingly important to promote healthy relationships. Eliminating domestic violence in California will require partnership and collaboration among leaders, advocates, and practitioners from local and state government, community organizations, and organized philanthropy. To enable this work, Blue Shield of California Foundation commissioned the Foundation Center to prepare this first-ever examination of the role of U.S. foundations in addressing domestic violence-related issues in California.

Regional trends; Special topic trends

Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture, 2012

January 1, 2012

Includes: Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture, 2010: A One-year Snapshot, and Public Funding for the Arts: 2012 Update

Special topic trends

Foundation Funding for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States and for Latin America

December 13, 2011

Examines 1999-2009 trends in grantmaking targeting Latinos in the United States and Latin America by funder, issue area, recipient type, type of support, and geographic focus; as a percentage of overall funding; and in relation to the Latino population.

Regional trends; Special topic trends

Aportes Filantrópicos de Fundaciones Destinados a Hispanos & Latinos

December 13, 2011

Este informe, publicado por primera vez en diciembre de 2011, fue actualizado en febrero de 2012 a fin de formular ciertas precisiones respecto de los resultados. En este estudio, Aportes filantrópicos de fundaciones destinados a hispanos/latinos en los Estados Unidos y a América Latina, el Foundation Center afirma que: "En la última década, el total de las contribuciones efectuadas por fundaciones de los Estados Unidos en beneficio de los latinos se ha mantenido estable, y comprende alrededor del uno por ciento del total de los aportes de fundaciones".

Special topic trends

Key Facts on Mission Investing

October 4, 2011

More foundations are using their investment assets to achieve their missions, according to Key Facts on Mission Investing, which finds that one-in-seven surveyed foundations are employing market-rate mission-related investments and/or below-market-rate program-related investments to achieve a social benefit. More than half of those making mission-related investments began doing so within the past five years.

Special topic trends