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The State of Global Giving by U.S. Foundations, 2011-2015

August 14, 2018

The State of Global Grantmaking Giving by U.S. Foundations is the latest report in a decades-long collaboration between Foundation Center and The Council on Foundations and aims to help funders and civil society organizations better navigate the giving landscape as they work to effect change around the world. The analysis reveals that global giving by U.S. foundations increased by 29% from 2011 to 2015, reaching an all-time high of $9.3 billion in 2015. In addition to a detailed analysis of trends by issue area, geographic region, population group, and donor strategy, this analysis also relates these trends to key events and developments, including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and the increasing legal restrictions faced by civil society in countries around the world.

International Trends

Key Facts Sobre o Investimento Social no Brasil: Censo GIFE 2016

October 24, 2017

O GIFE reúne associados de origem empresarial, familiar, independente ou comunitária, que investem em projetos de finalidade pública no Brasil. Para compreender melhor as características das organizações associadas e suas prioridades de investimento social, o GIFE realiza pesquisa bianual entre seus associados – o Censo GIFE. Este documento destaca os principais resultados da edição de 2017; 116 organizações (90% dos 129 associados do GIFE à época) responderam a questões relativas a suas atividades e estrutura em 2016. Para fins de análise, os dados de fundações e institutos comunitários foram agrupados às respostas dos independentes. Todos os dados do Censo, a não ser quando indicado explicitamente, referem-se a 2016 e são baseados nas 116 respostas. Os montantes de investimento estão em reais e foram atualizados a dezembro de 2016 pelo IPCA.

International Trends

International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations: Local Communities with Global Reach

July 13, 2017

This report, a joint effort by the Council on Foundations and Foundation Center, examines the current state and recent trends in international giving and engagement by large U.S. community foundations. The first-ever analysis of this type suggests that many community foundations are beginning to adopt a broader, more nuanced definition of "community" than they have in the past.The report documents how funds channeled from U.S. community foundations support international programs and recipients and highlights five U.S. community foundations and their approaches to global engagement and international grantmaking. For this report, we analyzed all the international grants made by U.S. community foundations included in Foundation Center's set of 1,000 of the largest U.S. Foundations from 2011 to 2014, which included 10,533 grants worth $697 million.

International Trends; Special Topic Trends

Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking

March 31, 2016

The Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking is a first-of-its-kind research project that showcases the foundations and philanthropists dedicated to building a safer, more peaceful and prosperous global future. These funders are investing in efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflict and to rebuild after conflict. From research on stopping nuclear terrorism to citizen journalism in Egypt, peace and security funders are supporting peace, justice, diplomacy, and dialogue in a variety of ways. In 2013, the latest year data is available, 288 foundations supported over 1,200 organizations with more than $283 million spread across nearly 2,000 grants. The Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) and Foundation Center created the Index to help funders, policymakers, and the general public better understand the peace and security funding landscape. The Index identifies who "peace and security" funders are, what issues they fund (e.g., cybersecurity, preventing genocide and atrocities, climate security), where they focus (i.e., specific regions or countries), and how they make an impact (e.g., through public education efforts, journalism, research).

International Trends; Special Topic Trends

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking Key Findings

July 17, 2014

Each year foundations globally fund efforts to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights. Our latest key findings report, Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking provides a snapshot of the landscape of global human rights grantmaking in 2011.Written by Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), in collaboration with the International Network of Women's Funds (INWF) and Ariadne -- European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights, the latest edition of Advancing Human Rights identified $1.7 billion in human rights funding from foundations in 34 countries awarded to more than 10,000 organizations around the world. Human rights work supported by foundations ranges from ensuring the right to peaceful assembly and association to supporting freedom from violence to promoting the right to education.

International Trends; Special Topic Trends

International Grantmaking Update: A Snapshot of U.S. Foundation Trends, 2012

December 1, 2012

International Grantmaking Update: A Snapshot of U.S. Foundation Trends provides a brief update on key trends. The study includes an analysis of patterns of giving in 2010 and changes in funding priorities between 2008 and 2010.

International Trends

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

December 1, 2010

Giving by U.S. foundations for international purposes held virtually steady last year, generating $6.7 billion, down just 4 percent. According to International Grantmaking Update: A Snapshot of U.S. Foundation Trends, a new report prepared by the Foundation Center in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, this decrease was less than half the 8.4 percent estimated decline in foundation giving overall last year. This latest update of the Foundation Center's benchmark series on international grantmaking examines changes in overall giving through 2009 based on a survey of leading funders. It also documents trends in giving through 2008 based on actual grants awarded by over 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations.

International Trends

The Global Role of U.S. Foundations

May 1, 2010

This study, written by Joan Spero during her two-year tenure as visiting fellow at the Foundation Center, draws upon interviews with foundation presidents, program officers, and philanthropic experts; Foundation Center data; and Ms. Spero's own past experience as president of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to paint a detailed historical picture of international work by U.S. foundations from the Cold War to the present. It focuses on how foundations have addressed five global challenges -- health disparities, poverty, climate change, democracy and civil society, and peace and security -- and raises important questions regarding the assessment of foundation impact, the role of foundations in global governance, and institutional accountability.

International Trends

International Grantmaking IV (Highlights)

December 1, 2008

Estimated U.S. foundation giving for international purposes reached a record $5.4 billion in 2007, and 2008 giving is likely to top that record. International Grantmaking IV: An Update on U.S. Foundation Trends, a new report prepared by the Foundation Center in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, examines changes in grantmakers' strategies and practices and the outlook for giving based on a 2008 survey and interviews with leading funders. It also documents trends in giving through 2006 based on actual grants awarded by over 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations.

International 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

Highlights of the Foundation Center's 2004 Study: International Grantmaking III - An Update on U.S. Foundation Trends

October 1, 2004

International Grantmaking III: An Update on U.S. Foundation Trends assesses the current state of the nation's international grantmaking and its outlook for the future. Prepared in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, this latest update of the Center's benchmark series on international giving examines changes in grantmakers' strategies, practices, and future outlook based on a 2004 survey, and trends in giving patterns through 2002 based on a sample of over 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations. In addition, the report provides estimates of total international giving by U.S. foundations through 2003 and suggests the direction of change in giving over the next few years.

International 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