December 14, 2016

Dangers Civil Society Has to Address in 2017

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2017, the eighth annual industry forecast written by Stanford scholar and self-described philanthropy wonk, Lucy Bernholz, warns civil society about two trends it must address:

  • The boundaries between philanthropic and political activity are blurring as civil society's norms of privacy and anonymity are used to shield political activity, which should be transparent in a democracy
  • Government surveillance and the commercial ownership of civil society's digital infrastructure combine to threaten our rights to free expression and association
November 15, 2016

Latest Report Details How Disaster Funding Is Distributed

With data gathered from eight sources worldwide, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, this new report documents $22.5 billion in 2014 disaster-related giving and analyzes the allocation of funds from a broad range of donors, including foundations, governments, multilateral donors, corporate giving programs, online giving platforms, donor-advised funds, and more.

September 12, 2016

New Research Highlights Funding for Central America in a Global Context

Central America received 1.1 percent of U.S. foundation funding for international causes in 2013, according to U.S. Foundation Funding for Central America in Context, a new fact sheet released by Foundation Center and Seattle International Foundation. Latin America, as a whole, received 9.4 percent of international grantmaking from U.S. foundations.

July 21, 2016

Foundation Center Expands Access to Social Sector Knowledge With New Site

Foundation Center has launched a newly redesigned website that gives people worldwide faster and greater access to the most comprehensive information about philanthropy available. Powered by advanced search technology, the new mines multiple databases and web properties in order to retrieve the most relevant and up-to-date results — a new entry point to Foundation Center's vast stores of knowledge from and about the global social sector.

July 19, 2016

New Research Gives Clearest Picture Ever of Global Human Rights Funding

The 2016 edition of Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking provides a more comprehensive view of the human rights funding landscape than ever before. Released today by the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and Foundation Center, the report analyzes 20,300 grants to 12,262 organizations worldwide in 2013. In total, 803 funders awarded $2.3 billion in funding for human rights — a 23 percent increase in giving between 2012 and 2013 among a consistent subset of funders. In addition to the report, the latest data have been added to the interactive Advancing Human Rights website.

June 28, 2016

Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center Announce New Mapping Tool for Media and Philanthropy

Media Impact Funders (MIF) and Foundation Center are pleased to announce the launch of  Foundation Maps for Media Funding, a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically-funded media projects worldwide since 2009. Developed by Foundation Center and available on the Media Impact Funders' website, this new tool enables users to see, understand, and dig deep into the numbers, networks, and trends surrounding media and philanthropy.

June 27, 2016

Youth Giving Becomes a Philanthropic Force

Young people worldwide are transforming their communities and themselves by making grants — more than $14 million since 2001 — to causes they're passionate about. Now, this rapidly developing movement will have a unique gathering place,, where young people and adults interested in grantmaking can explore stories of giving, learn from experts, and discover opportunities to raise their voices.

April 15, 2016

First-of-its-Kind Research on Peace and Security Funding

A new research project by the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG), in conjunction with Foundation Center, finds that peace and security funders are making important contributions to global peace and stability, despite making up a very small percentage of total foundation giving. The Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking also highlights the diversity of the funders and strategies behind this often-overlooked, yet critical, work.