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2019 Columbus Survey Results

October 1, 2020

The data, findings, and rankings throughout this dashboard are based on FY 2017 Columbus Survey responses from 238 community foundations.

Advancing Human Rights: 2016 Key Findings

July 16, 2019

The Advancing Human Rights initiative documents the landscape of foundation funding for human rights and track changes in its scale and priorities. This annual report uses grants data to map philanthropic support for specific human rights issues, funding strategies, and populations and regions served in 2016. In this year, 785 funders made over 23,000 grants totalling $2.8 billion for human rights.

2018 Columbus Survey Results

June 1, 2019

The data, findings, and rankings throughout this dashboard are based on FY 2018 Columbus Survey responses from 251 community foundations. 

Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking - 2019 Edition

April 29, 2019

Each year, Candid and the Peace and Security Funders Group collects and analyzes data from thousands of grants awarded by hundreds of peace and security funders. We do this for two primary reasons: to illuminate the field of peace and security grantmaking, and to provide a nuanced understanding of the issues and strategies peace and security funders support. In 2016 -- the latest year complete data is available -- 326 foundations awarded 2,605 grants, totaling $328 million in support of a more peaceful world.

2017 Columbus Survey Results

July 20, 2018

The data, findings, and rankings throughout this dashboard are based on FY 2017 Columbus Survey responses from 269 community foundations. 

Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking - 2018 Edition

February 27, 2018

This research centers around a framework of three overarching categories that support activities to prevent future conflict, resolve existing conflict, and support stability and resiliency. The three categories are further broken down into 24 issue areas that more precisely describe funding for peace and security.

Avance De Los Derechos Humanos: Actualización Sobre Las Subvenciones De Fundaciones a Nivel Global - Spanish 2017 Edition

September 6, 2017

Spanish VersionThis fourth annual report explores 2014 human rights grantmaking by funder, region, issue, population, and strategy. To provide a more complete picture of giving for human rights, this report also includes data on bilateral and multilateral aid. Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking also highlights key changes in foundation giving between 2013 and 2014. To control for year-to-year variations in the data set, this comparison draws from a subset of 579 funders whose grants were included in the research for both 2013 and 2014. Among this matched subset, total grant dollars forhuman rights rose by 2 percent and the number of grants increased by 11 percent.

2016 Columbus Survey of Community Foundations: List of Top 100 Community Foundations by Asset Size

August 16, 2017

Includes results of the 2016 Columbus Survey of Community Foundations that pertain to the top 100 community foundations by asset size. The table includes the community foundation name, amount of assets at the time of the survey, and fiscal year end.

Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size Top 100 Lists - FY 2016

August 16, 2017

In this publication, CF Insights highlights attributes that characterize community foundations in ways beyond asset values.Participants in the FY 2016 Columbus Survey are ranked based on:– by Distribution Rate—The distribution rate is calculated by dividing the foundation's total grants by total assets (including supporting organizations) at the end of the foundation's fiscal year. The percentage of total assets in donor-advised funds (Percent Total Assets DAF) is the total amount of IRS-classified donor-advised funds divided by total foundation assets.– by Gifts Per Capita—Gifts per capita is calculated by dividing the foundation's total gifts (including supporting organizations) by the population of the foundation's service area. The service area is defined by each community foundation.– by Number of Transactions—Total transactions represent the number of gifts and grants processed annually (including supporting organizations). The average transaction size represents the total dollar value of gifts plus the total dollar value of grants divided by the total number of transactions.

2016 Columbus Survey Results

August 16, 2017

The data and findings throughout this dashboard are based on FY 2016 Columbus Survey responses from 253 community foundations. 

Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking - 2017 Edition

April 3, 2017

The 2017 Index tracks funding across 23 diverse issue areas, many of which overlap with other sectors, like climate, democracy-building, gender equality, and migration. The existence of peaceful, stable societies is critical to the success of other areas of work: children cannot be educated, health care clinics cannot provide services, and economic development projects will fail if people are experiencing violent conflict in their communities. In other words, peace and security funders are the "ground zero" of the philanthropic community: their work provides a foundation upon which other interventions can blossom and grow.It is this interconnectedness with other issues that makes peace and security grantmaking ever more important. We hope that foundations, policymakers, and civil society organizations will use the 2017 Index to advocate for increased attention to this fundamental work so we can continue to move towards a more peaceful, secure world for everyone.

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, Key Findings - 2017 Edition

February 6, 2017

This fourth annual report explores 2014 human rights grantmaking by funder, region, issue, population, and strategy. To provide a more complete picture of giving for human rights, this report also includes data on bilateral and multilateral aid. Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking also highlights key changes in foundation giving between 2013 and 2014. To control for year-to-year variations in the data set, this comparison draws from a subset of 579 funders whose grants were included in the research for both 2013 and 2014. Among this matched subset, total grant dollars forhuman rights rose by 2 percent and the number of grants increased by 11 percent.