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Centering equity and justice in climate philanthropy

June 9, 2022

According to available funding data, most institutional funders do not incorporate climate or climate justice strategies into their work despite its urgency and potential, largely relegating it to a few environmental funders. As a result of underestimating its importance and its connection to other philanthropic priorities, not enough funding is flowing to climate change efforts and even less of it for reducing harm to communities most impacted by the climate crisis.This field guide for funders identifies common barriers to supporting climate justice strategies, describes ways to overcome them, and shares insights and case studies from experienced funders who have helped their institutions use a climate justice lens for greater impact within their existing grantmaking priorities.

U.S. Foundation Funding for Australia

February 24, 2016

"U.S. Foundation Funding for Australia", the first report of its kind, is part of a larger project involving the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Philanthropy Australia, and Foundation Center. A primary goal of this partnership is to improve awareness and understanding in Australia of the U.S. philanthropic sector, while also strengthening philanthropic ties between the two countries and demonstrating the value of transparency within the not-for-profit sector. In the current report, we examine the priorities of U.S. foundation funding to organizations located in Australia, as well as funding for organizations supporting causes in Australia. The quantitative analysis is based on grantmaking data from among the largest U.S. foundations. The report also presents perspectives of U.S. and Australian funders on the current role of philanthropy in Australia, specific challenges and opportunities, and what is needed to achieve greater impact.

National trends; Regional trends

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2015: Data to Drive Decisions

November 12, 2015

Jointly produced by Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2015: Data to Drive Decisions analyzes funding trends for disasters and humanitarian crises in 2013. In addition to examining U.S. foundation funding, this second annual report integrates other disaster-related funding data, including bilateral and multilateral aid, corporate giving, and online giving, to paint a more detailed picture of how institutional philanthropy is situated within the broader disaster funding landscape. Collectively, this report, along with the dashboard and mapping platform, provides donors, practitioners, and other stakeholders with in-depth information on funding flows for disasters and humanitarian crises. Explore more at disasterphilanthropy.org.

Special topic trends

Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

April 14, 2015

This 2015 research brief analyzes U.S. philanthropic funding trends for Black men and boys and describes recent initiatives and investments supporting Black males. A follow-up to the analysis in Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, the brief identifies quantifiable shifts in giving patterns, offers a glimpse at outcomes and impacts of various programs and initiatives, and makes recommendations for future investments.

Special topic trends

Latino Leadership: Foundation Boards

January 1, 2015

Latino Leadership: Foundation Boards supports Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) in its efforts to build the pipeline for greater Latino leadership on foundation boards. The report presents data on foundation staff and board diversity and lifts up the perspectives of Latino leaders themselves, based on interviews with 15 current and former board members. The analysis synthesizes interviewees' experiences, highlighting the contributions Latinos bring to the boardroom, the challenges they face, and recommendations for moving forward.

Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement

May 13, 2014

Building on the groundbreaking report Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, this companion piece explores the diverse, multidisciplinary, and cross-sector work to advance black male achievement. Based on interviews with 50 philanthropic, nonprofit, government, academic, and business leaders, the report also offers recommendations for what it will take to strengthen the field moving forward.

National trends; Special topic trends

Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

October 1, 2012

Drawing on eight years of grants data and twenty years of history, this report describes important trends in foundation funding for black men and boys. It also describes innovative philanthropic efforts in the field. While disparities faced by black males remain staggering, new partnerships and initiatives based on an assets-based approach and institutional supports may be on the cusp of turning the tide.

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

Untapped Potential: European Foundation Funding for Women and Girls

May 25, 2011

Analyzes trends in European foundation giving and programmatic activities focused on women and girls, including as a percentage of funding and number of grants, issue areas, and approaches to funding. Highlights best practices in effective engagement.

Regional trends; Special topic trends

Grantmaking to Communities of Color in Oregon

January 18, 2011

This report, prepared by the Foundation Center at the request of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, examines the extent to which domestically focused grantmaking by Oregon foundations in 2008 reached Oregon's communities of color, and situates this in the context of the state's changing demographics.

Regional trends; Special topic trends