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Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations, 2021

June 17, 2021

The Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations 2021 is an annual publication from Candid, combining the wisdom from Foundation Center's former Key Facts on U.S. Foundations report and GuideStar's former Nine Things You Might Not Know about U.S. Nonprofits. It offers at-a-glance information about the nonprofit sector. Where does nonprofit revenue come from? Is foundation giving growing? We answer these questions and more.

Foundation Center 2015 Annual Report

June 1, 2016

This 2015 annual report highlights Foundation Center's ability to connect nonprofits to resources, empower donors with knowledge, build global data platforms, communicate philanthropy's contribution to the world, and encourage greater foundation transparency. Titled OPEN, the report reflects Foundation Center's dedication to transparent, innovative, open philanthropy.

Annual Reports

2014 Annual Report: Momentum

August 19, 2015

This 2014 annual report highlights the Foundation Center's ability to connect nonprofits to resources, empower donors with knowledge, build global data platforms, communicate philanthropy's contribution to the world, and encourage greater foundation transparency.

Annual Reports

Foundation Center 2012 Annual Report

June 3, 2013

This annual report describes the organization's activities and priorities for 2012. Also includes financial statements and lists of board members and staff.

Foundation Center 2011 Annual Report

January 1, 2012

In the pages that follow, you will read about how the Foundation Center is tackling the bold set of strategic priorities embodied in our "Foundation Center 2020" plan designed to help shape the future of philanthropy. The philanthropic sector is becoming more global, more segmented, and more inclined to redefine its role as merely a framework of giving away money to a paradigm of social investment. We predict that the next wave of change will come from mastering the technology of managing information and the intellectual architecture of generating and sharing knowledge. Opportunities for the Foundation Center in such an environment are enormous. As an organization dedicated to the task of aggregating data, structuring information, and producing and disseminating knowledge, the Center has assets unrivaled by those of any other in our sector.

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The Foundation Center 2010 Annual Report

January 1, 2011

During 2010, the Foundation Center took a hard look at its more than 50 years of achievement. We took stock of what we have done well—becoming the most trusted source of information for nonprofi ts seeking foundation grants—as well as where we have fallen short— convincing foundations that our knowledge resources can help them achieve their missions. our successes with grantseekers can be documented in testimonials, like the development offi cer who wrote to tell us that the Center is her "go-to" resource for countless challenges and that our services have improved the impact her nonprofi t makes in the Bay Area—just as our failures with foundations are epitomized by a recent grant proposal rejection, sent to us by a foundation that recommended we consult the Foundation Center's resources to identify other sources of funding. Clearly we have yet to demonstrate our value to this donor beyond being a referral for their applicants.Made public in interactive blog form in February of 2011, our new strategic plan, "Foundation Center 2020," articulates the Center's vision—a world enriched by the effective allocation of philanthropic resources, informed public discourse about philanthropy, and broad understanding of the contribution of nonprofit activity to increasing opportunity and transforming lives.

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The Foundation Center 2009 Annual Report

January 1, 2010

Nonprofit organizations and the foundations that support them need the best information possible to do their vital work, and they need it now. This simple three letter word that appears and reappears throughout this annual report best captures the spirit that drives today's Foundation Center.

Annual Reports

The Foundation Center 2008 Annual Report

January 1, 2009

Foundation assets declined by an average of 22 percent last year, and there have been dire predictions of hundreds of thousands of nonprofits going out of business and the ranks of the poor swelling worldwide. Like all responsible organizations, the Foundation Center has cut costs but not services. More than ever, nonprofits, foundations, and individuals look to us for information and services to help them weather the storm. And they can count on the Foundation Center to be there.

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The Foundation Center 2007 Annual Report

January 1, 2008

The Foundation Center began more than 50 years ago as one small library. But from the beginning, our mission has been to spread knowledge about U.S. philanthropy as far and wide as possible. Over the decades, we've made good on that commitment, establishing a presence in metropolitan areas, but equally important, in far-flung outposts across the country through our hundreds of Cooperating Collections. We've also taken our show on the road, making sure our trainers and experts visit these locations to share their knowledge with people in hard-to-reach and underserved areas, so grantseekers and grantmakers everywhere have opportunities to learn, network, and grow.

Annual Reports

The Foundation Center 2006 Annual Report

January 1, 2007

2006 was a record-breaking year for philanthropy. More people gave more money to more causes than ever before. It was also a milestone year for the Foundation Center. We celebrated our 50th anniversary and launched our new strategic plan. Spurred by broad shifts in the philanthropic landscape, the plan centers on four strategic priorities for the coming years: expanding access to information, exploring emerging issues in philanthropy, building capacity for nonprofits, and enhancing the public's understanding of the field. To support the plan's ambitious goals, we also embarked on our first major capacitybuilding campaign in 20 years.

The Foundation Center 2005 Annual Report

January 1, 2006

Year after year, the Foundation Center works to advance philanthropy on many levels, and 2005 was no exception. We published dozens of helpful books and research reports, held more than 1,400 training sessions, assisted 50,000 people at our offices across the country, and served hundreds of thousands more through our expanding platform of web-based services. But statistics tend to gloss over the real highlights: the more meaningful stories that involve real people learning real things that bring their dreams closer to fruition. And statistics don't say how much we enjoy helping grantseekers succeed and grantmakers make a difference.

The Foundation Center 2004 Annual Report

January 1, 2005

The growing emphasis on accountability and transparency in the nonprofit sector reached new heights in 2004, prompting intense interest in the activities of grantmakers and their beneficiaries. In this climate, stakeholders within and outside the sector turned in increasing numbers to the Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on institutional philanthropy. To respond to the burgeoning information needs of diverse audiences, we expanded our data gathering efforts, leveraging new technologies and building new relationships with colleague organizations to present a more vivid and timely portrait of the field of philanthropy.