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Moving Beyond the Economic Crisis: Foundations Assess the Impact and Their Response

November 18, 2010

Presents survey findings on foundations' outlook for 2010-11 giving compared with estimates and views on their ability to meet nonprofit needs. Examines the effects of the economic crisis on grantmaking priorities, operations, and decisions to spend down.

Special Topic Trends

Are Foundation Leaders Using Social Media?

September 16, 2010

All it takes is a quick visit to Glasspockets.org to see just how fast and how far foundations have come in terms of using social media. As of August 2010, the web site had documented the Web 2.0 activities of more than 650 foundations, including 271 that are active on Facebook, 190 on Twitter, 102 with blogs, and 93 on YouTube. While such statistics provide clear evidence that foundations are actively using social media, just how engaged are the leaders of foundations themselves with these new communications tools? In July 2010, the Foundation Center surveyed members of its Grantmaker Leadership Panel in order to find out. Completed surveys were received from 73 of 228 current Panel members, for a response rate of 32 percent.

Special Topic Trends

Earthquake in Haiti: Leading U.S. Foundations Respond to the Crisis

January 22, 2010

In the immediate aftermath of the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, the Foundation Center surveyed members of its Grantmaker Leadership Panel to gauge the reaction of top U.S. funders to the unfolding crisis. Findings suggest that a number of leading funders are considering a direct response to the crisis, with a primary focus on providing emergency assistance.

Special Topic Trends

Foundations' Year-end Outlook for Giving and the Sector

November 4, 2009

Foundation giving will likely decline by more than 10 percent in 2009 according to survey findings released by the Foundation Center. Based on responses of close to 600 foundations, Foundations' Year-end Outlook for Giving and the Sector also finds that continued reductions are expected in 2010. However, more than three-quarters expect that the field of philanthropy will become more strategic as a result of having weathered the crisis.

National Trends

Building Diversity: A Survey of California Foundation Demographics, Policies and Practices

August 1, 2009

This study, published in 2009, reports findings on baseline data from 115 California Foundations on the demographic composition of their boards and staffs and on the types of diversity-related data collection and grantmaking in which they are involved.

Regional Trends; Special Topic Trends

Perpetuity or Limited Lifespan: How Do Family Foundations Decide?

April 30, 2009

Presents findings on family foundations' choices to spend down or to exist in perpetuity and the factors involved, including foundation assets, age, and presence of a living founder. Explores potential effects of the economic crisis on lifespan planning.

Special Topic Trends

Foundations Address the Impact of the Economic Crisis

April 20, 2009

This new research advisory, the latest in a series that sheds light on the impact of the economic downturn on the nonprofit sector, examines how U.S. foundations are coping with the crisis. The findings are based on early 2009 survey responses of more than 1,200 U.S. foundations. Close to two-thirds of the respondents expect to reduce their grants in 2009, the survey finds, and over half said that they will rely on more non-grantmaking activities in their support for nonprofits.

Special Topic Trends

Highlights of Perpetuity or Limited Lifespan: How Do Family Foundations Decide?

April 1, 2009

To answer the basic question of how many active family foundations are planning to spend down or exist in perpetuity (or have not yet made a decision), and to examine foundations' motivations and decision-making, the Foundation Center, in collaboration with the Council on Foundations and with additional assistance from the Association of Small Foundations, launched a study of family foundations in 2008. The report, Perpetuity or Limited Lifespan: How do Family Foundations Decide?, presents the full range of study findings, which are based on survey responses from 1,074 family foundations. This brief summarizes key findings from the report.

Special Topic Trends

Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women’s Funds (Executive Summary)

April 1, 2009

To understand the increased inclusion of women within philanthropy, the Foundation Center partnered with the Women's Funding Network to chart the current landscape of philanthropy focused on women and girls and document the role of women's funds and foundations.

Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women's Funds

January 1, 2009

In recent years, interest in philanthropy for and by women has intensified, accompanied by a growing acceptance of the idea that philanthropic investments in women and girls can accelerate positive change in communities. To understand this evolution in thinking and practice within philanthropy, the Foundation Center partnered with the Women's Funding Network, a global movement of women's funds, to chart the current landscape of philanthropy focused on women and girls and document the specific role played by women's funds.

More Than Grantmaking: A First Look at Foundations' Direct Charitable Activities

November 1, 2007

Presents the findings of a study that tracks the growing role of operating programs -- or direct charitable activities -- at philanthropic foundations in the United States.

Special Topic Trends

Foundation Funding for Arts Education

October 1, 2005

Examines the size and scope of arts education grantmaking by U.S. foundations in 2003, and changes in giving since 1999. Includes brief profiles of leading arts education grantmakers, demonstrating the wide variety of arts education strategies employed.

Special Topic Trends