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2015 Columbus Survey Findings

July 21, 2016

"2015 Columbus Survey Findings" presents a snapshot of data on community foundation growth and related operational activity during fiscal year 2015. These findings are based on Columbus Survey responses from 271 community foundations, accounting for over 90 percent of the field's estimated assets. Results from the Survey show a slowdown in asset growth after several years of rapid field expansion, though positive trends in grantmaking, as well as in operating efficiency, are also seen. These findings and more are unpacked and illustrated in this report on the state of the community foundation field.

Regional Trends; Special Topic Trends

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

Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio May 2015

May 1, 2015

Foundation Center in Cleveland, in partnership with Cleveland State University, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, and the George Gund Foundation, with additional support from the Unger Family Foundation, is pleased to present this report on economic development grantmaking in Ohio for the period 2002 to 2012. This 10-year spotlight examines the funding priorities of large private and community foundations that have engaged in supporting economic development in Ohio during the pre- and post-recessionary period. This report is the third in a series of briefs examining foundation grantmaking in the area of economic development.

Regional Trends

SustainArts/Bay Area: A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem 2015

April 10, 2015

For more than a year, the Sustain Arts research team has located, gathered, cleaned, reconciled, integrated, and analyzed more than a dozen highly relevant national, regional, and local data sets that collectively begin to tell a cogent story about the arts and cultural sector in the region. These data sets enable us to examine the interrelationships among organizations and their capitalization patterns, shifting demographics, and participation trends. By bringing these types of data together, we can begin to see how sector growth and development does or does not align with demographic changes or emerging cultural preferences. And we can begin to see whether capitalization flows favor established or emerging cultural organizations and how broadly (or narrowly) they serve the cultural needs of the community. The result is Sustain Arts/Bay Area: "A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem", a snapshot of key earnings from the 11 counties stakeholders agreed had the largest share of arts and cultural activity in the region: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma. This portrait accompanies a state-of-the-art online platform that allows users to explore the data in-depth.

Regional Trends; Special Topic Trends

Taking Measure: Key Facts on Georgia Grantmaking Trends 2015 Edition

April 1, 2015

This report includes selected findings from surveys conducted in 2014 of Georgia-based foundations and nonprofits assessing the grantmaking practices of the state's foundations.

Regional Trends

Aportes filantrópicos de fundaciones estadounidenses: América Latina y Centroamérica, 2013

January 1, 2015

Este análisis está basado en el conjunto de datos de investigación del Foundation Center, que incluye todos los aportes filantrópicos de US$10.000 o más provenientes de 1.000 de las fundaciones más grandes de los Estados Unidos. El conjunto de datos representa aproximadamente la mitad del total de los fondos donados por el universo de fundaciones filantrópicas independientes, empresariales, comunitarias y operativas de los Estados Unidos. Por consiguiente, los datos no incluyen aportes filantrópicos de fundaciones pequeñas; contribuciones procedentes de empresas con programas de donaciones directas o de fundaciones públicas; becas, aportes directos a particulares, o becas de investigación; aportes filantrópicos de parte de fundaciones privadas a fundaciones comunitarias de los Estados Unidos (para evitar que los donativos se computen dos veces); y préstamos o inversiones ligadas a proyectos.

Regional Trends

U.S. Foundation Funding: Latin & Central America, 2013

January 1, 2015

This analysis is based on Foundation Center's research set, which includes all grants of $10,000 or more reported by 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations. The set accounts for approximately half of the total grant dollars awarded by the universe of independent, corporate, community, and grantmaking operating foundations in the United States. The data, therefore, do not include: grants by smaller foundations; gifts by corporate giving programs or public charities; grants, fellowships, or awards made directly to individuals; grants paid by private foundations to U.S. community foundations (to avoid double counting of dollars); and loans or program-related investments.

Regional Trends

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

Fostering Commitment and Leadership for Philanthropy's Engagement in Post-2015 Development Agenda in Kenya

November 21, 2014

Our first pilot country launch in Kenya of the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy brought together over 80 participants from the philanthropic sector, UN system, civil society, business and government to expand the dialogue toward a more systemic approach to development challenges, exchange and deepen understanding across sectors, glean priorities for data gathering and use, and to sow the seeds for deeper collaboration on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss themes such as financial inclusion and youth employment, education, and women's rights and empowerment.

Regional Trends

U.S. Foundation Funding: Latin America, 2010-2012

November 18, 2014

This research brief provides a glimpse at funding by U.S. foundations for Latin America between 2010 and 2012, with a special focus on Central America. The following analysis includes grants awarded directly to organizations in Latin America for work in the region or other parts of the world, as well as support to organizations in the U.S. and abroad with international programs targeting Latin America.

Regional Trends

Sustain Arts/SE Michigan: A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem

October 26, 2014

This report discusses the potential use of data in arts organizations for strategic purposes. Data currently available on the cultural sector can lead to useful insights about the increasing proliferation of small arts organizations; the almost monolithic focus of private foundations on supporting a highly select group of large, well-established arts organizations; and the fact that established arts organizations are poorly positioned to satisfy emerging consumer preferences for cultural experiences. Such insights should provoke frank discussion and galvanize field leaders to advocate appropriate actions, both in response to existing disconnects and proactively, in anticipation of coming change. The data that are now available to the field are not perfect. In fact, that's part of the story that needs to be told about the cultural sector. Systematic data collection on artists, cultural organizations, and audiences receives only a token amount of government funding. Instead, it is left largely up to private organizations to document trends in both the nonprofit and for-profit cultural arenas. This leads to multiple non-overlapping data collection strategies, making it difficult to construct a coherent picture of the field. There are gaping holes in the puzzle, and the tales we tell with existing data must be told with caution.

Regional Trends; Special Topic Trends

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