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Where is the money for feminist organising?

December 15, 2020

In this article, Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) analyzes budgets of feminist organizations and foundation grants data. Included are budget size for feminist and women's rights organizations from the Global South, amount of foundation assets and total grants, money going toward gender equality, and more. Accompanying infographics summarize the data and comparisons from the article.

In the field

Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities

August 1, 2020

In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.

In the field

GuideStar's Six Tips for Busting the Overhead Myth

September 1, 2016

Despite concerted efforts by nonprofit leaders, the Overhead Myth—the idea that you can evaluate nonprofits by looking at how much they spend (or don't spend) on overhead—persists.GuideStar's Six Tips for Busting the Overhead Myth suggests concrete actions that nonprofits can take to reduce the Overhead Myth's stranglehold on donors, the media, and the general public. It also links to numerous resources that can help you take the campaign against the Overhead Myth further.

Use of Consultants by U.S. Foundations: Results of A Foundation Center Survey

March 31, 2015

This article presents the results of a survey launched in January 2014 by Foundation Center, in collaboration with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, examining use of consultants by community, corporate, and independent foundations whose annual giving totals at least $100,000.The survey asked funders to report whether they used consultants in the past two years and, if so, how frequently and for what purposes; they were also asked to report their level of satisfaction with consultants' work. Funders that did not engage consultants in the last two years were asked why not. The survey also sought open-ended responses about working with consultants.The survey found widespread use of consultants among foundations. While the results of this study tend to emphasize the benefits -- taking advantage of external expertise, allowing staff to stay focused on what they do best, bringing fresh or neutral perspectives to the work -- respondents were also clear that working with consultants has its challenges.

Special Topic 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

Giving in Illinois

June 1, 2012

Illinois is home to more than 4,000 grantmaking foundations and their giving totaled a record $2.4 billion in 2010. Giving in Illinois provides a detailed examination of the size and scope of the Illinois foundation community and documents the giving priorities of Illinois and non-Illinois foundations giving in the state. The report was produced by the Foundation Center in cooperation with Donors Forum.

Regional 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

Key Facts on Georgia Foundations 2012

January 1, 2012

In 2009, Georgia foundation assets held steady at nearly $11 billion. Charitable giving by the state's foundations grew a surprising 7 percent as a result of increased giving by several significant funders. Key Facts on Georgia Foundations provides the latest statistical data and snapshot views of Georgia foundations' total giving and assets, as well as their giving patterns outlined by major subject and support type.

Regional 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

Diminishing Dollars for Social Justice Philanthropy

November 17, 2011

In the second half of 2008, the United States experienced a severe economic downturn. Often called the global Financial Crisis, it is considered by many economists to be the worst financial crisis since the great Depression. In the United States, the effects of the downturn were felt across every sector of our economy and society.This report both identifies the major immediate impacts of the 2008 financial crisis on social justice philanthropy and takes a look into the future. It aims to provide new and useful information to both funders and nonprofit organizations seeking funds. Foundations active in the social justice arena can use this information to strategize, inside their institutions and with their peers, about ways to bring additional, urgently needed funding to the field. For nonprofits, the information presented here is crucial to their planning efforts and their ability overall to weather the storm

Special Topic 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

Key Facts on Mission Investing

October 4, 2011

More foundations are using their investment assets to achieve their missions, according to Key Facts on Mission Investing, which finds that one-in-seven surveyed foundations are employing market-rate mission-related investments and/or below-market-rate program-related investments to achieve a social benefit. More than half of those making mission-related investments began doing so within the past five years.

Special Topic Trends