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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

Sustained Growth in an Expanding Field 2014: Columbus Survey Findings

January 1, 2015

With this report, CF Insights' aim is to share a snapshot of community foundation asset growth and activity during 2014. The findings are based on 274 community foundation responses to the Columbus Survey as of May 2015.The community foundation field achieved another year of healthy growth in 2014. The gains reflected in this year's Columbus Survey are particularly encouraging given the strong representation of small and relatively new community foundations, especially from the Midwest and South. Growth in assets, gifts, and grants were experienced across the field, regardless of foundation size; but small community foundations saw the greatest percent increases in all three measures. This suggests that, even as community foundations become more numerous and diverse, they are achieving Sustained Growth in an Expanding Field.In an expanding and increasingly diverse field, new opportunities and challenges arise for community foundations. From the growing popularity of donor-advised funds (DAF) as a vehicle for philanthropic giving and stiff competition from other DAF providers, to community foundations undertaking new and expanded roles in community leadership, the results of the 2014 Columbus Survey show that community foundations continue to adapt their business models and strategic priorities to meet the evolving needs of the communities they serve.

National Trends

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

Preview of Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, 2014 Edition

January 1, 2014

In 2012 the U.S. was home to 86,192 foundations with $715 billion in assets and $52 billion in giving. This factsheet outlines the key facts associated with this giving.

National Trends

Key Facts on Community Foundations 2012

August 30, 2012

The Foundation Center has released the new 2012 editions of its essential fact sheets on corporate and community foundations. These brief reports provide critical statistics on the resources and giving priorities of these distinct types of U.S. grantmakers. Key findings from the reports include:Corporate foundation giving grew fastest across foundation types, increasing 6 percent in 2011Community foundation giving remained basically unchanged in 2011"Community foundations showed the fastest growth in foundation giving for many years," noted Steven Lawrence, director of research at the Foundation Center. "But in the aftermath of the economic crisis, it has been corporate foundations that have rebounded most quickly."Findings presented in Key Facts on Corporate Foundations and Key Facts on Community Foundations come from the Foundation Center's tracking of fiscal and programmatic information on the nation's more than 76,000 grantmaking foundations, annual surveys of leading grantmakers, and analyses of the giving patterns of over 1,300 of the nation's largest foundations.

National Trends

Key Facts on Corporate Foundations 2012

August 30, 2012

The Foundation Center has released the new 2012 editions of its essential fact sheets on corporate and community foundations. These brief reports provide critical statistics on the resources and giving priorities of these distinct types of U.S. grantmakers. Key findings from the reports include:Corporate foundation giving grew fastest across foundation types, increasing 6 percent in 2011Community foundation giving remained basically unchanged in 2011"Community foundations showed the fastest growth in foundation giving for many years," noted Steven Lawrence, director of research at the Foundation Center. "But in the aftermath of the economic crisis, it has been corporate foundations that have rebounded most quickly."Findings presented in Key Facts on Corporate Foundations and Key Facts on Community Foundations come from the Foundation Center's tracking of fiscal and programmatic information on the nation's more than 76,000 grantmaking foundations, annual surveys of leading grantmakers, and analyses of the giving patterns of over 1,300 of the nation's largest foundations.

National Trends

Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates, 2012 Edition

June 1, 2012

Giving by U.S. foundations totaled an estimated $46.9 billion in 2011, surpassing the $46.8 billion pre-recession peak recorded in 2008. Yet, after accounting for inflation, contributions by the nation's more than 76,600 foundations were down slightly from 2010. According to Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates (2012 Edition), if the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were excluded from the totals, 2011 giving would actually have gone down by roughly 3 percent after inflation.Key 2011 estimates include:Independent and family foundations -- which represent the vast majority of U.S. foundations -- increased their charitable contributions by less than 2 percent to $33.1 billion before inflation.Corporate foundation giving rose 6 percent to $5.2 billion before inflation, surpassing other types of foundations.Community foundation giving declined slightly and totaled $4.2 billion before inflation.

National Trends

Key Facts on Family Foundations 2012

February 3, 2012

America's family foundations gave $20.6 billion in 2010, but their total giving did not reach its pre-recession peak of $21.1 billion in 2008. According to the Foundation Center's Key Facts on Family Foundations, the 1.1 percent increase in family foundation giving between 2009 and 2010 marks a reversal of the previous year's 3.4 percent decline. The report examines family foundation giving by issue area, type of support, population group served, and geographic location. It also details differences in the size of the boards of family foundations.

National Trends

Foundation Yearbook, 2011 edition (Highlights)

December 15, 2011

Foundation Yearbook, 2011 Edition, provides an overview of the state of foundation giving in the current year and beyond, comparisons of foundation activities by foundation size, and breakdowns of foundation resources by geographic location and grantmaker type. Foundation Yearbook is part of the Foundations Today Series of annual research reports on foundation growth and trends in foundation giving. The edition's key findings include:Overall foundation giving was nearly unchanged from 2009 at $45.7 billion.Foundation assets rose by 4.7 percent to an estimated $618.1 billion in 2010.Foundation giving in 2011 is expected to remain flat.

National Trends

Foundation Giving Trends, 2011 Edition (Highlights)

October 20, 2011

Foundation Giving Trends, 2011 Edition, documents the grantmaking patterns of a sample of the largest private and community foundations in 2009 and tracks changes in funding trends since 1999. The report examines giving (based on grant authorizations when available) by subject focus, recipient type, type of support, population group served, and geographic focus. It also details differences in funding trends by foundation region and type. Foundation Giving Trends is part of the Foundations Today Series of annual research reports on foundation growth and trends in foundation giving.

National Trends

Foundation Leaders Address the State Budget Crises

September 1, 2011

Nearly ninety percent of America's largest foundations report that at least some of the nonprofit organizations they support have been severely affected by state budget cuts. One-quarter report having grantees that have been forced to suspend operations. Foundation Leaders Address the State Budget Crises is the latest report in a series based on surveys of our Grantmaker Leadership Panel and also includes an essay, "How Grantmakers Can Respond to the State Budget Crises," by Doug Bauer, executive director of New York's Clark Foundation.

National Trends; Special Topic Trends

Key Facts on Community Foundations 2011

April 8, 2011

According to Key Facts on Community Foundations (2011 Edition), 2010 saw the first consecutive decline in community foundation giving recorded since 1981. Giving by community foundations declined an estimated 2.1 percent in 2010 following a 7.1 percent reduction in 2009. Looking ahead, community foundations appear optimistic with half that responded to the Foundation Center's annual forecasting survey anticipating increases in giving in 2011, while another 16 percent expect it to remain steady.

National Trends