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Global Giving by U.S. Foundations Increased by 29% Over Five-Year Period

September 16, 2018

New Report by Council on Foundations and Foundation Center Reveals Global Giving by U.S. Foundations Increased by 29% Over Five-Year Period

Arlington, VA and New York, NY – August 14, 2018.

A new report released today by the Council on Foundations and Foundation Center reveals that global giving by U.S. foundations increased by 29% from 2011 to 2015, reaching an all-time high of $9.3 billion in 2015.  With mounting challenges that transcend national boundaries, it’s increasingly important to understand how funds are being allocated to tackle global issues like climate change and the spread of preventable diseases.

The State of Global Giving by U.S. Foundations is the latest report in a decades-long collaboration between the two organizations and aims to help funders and civil society organizations better navigate the giving landscape as they work to effect change around the world.

Key findings from this trends analysis include:

  • Just 12% of international grant dollars from U.S. foundations went directly to organizations based in the country where programs were implemented. The remaining 88% was channeled through organizations based elsewhere.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation accounted for 51% of global giving by U.S. foundations from 2011 to 2015, with $6.5 billion going to Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa benefited from the largest share of global grantmaking by U.S. foundations, accounting for 25% of international grant dollars from 2011 to 2015.
  • Grants focused on climate change represented just 2% of global grantmaking by U.S. foundations.
  • Global giving by U.S. foundations for reproductive health care increased nearly threefold in the five years after the global gag rule, a U.S. rule forbidding the use of federal money to fund organizations that provide abortions or information on them, was reversed.

Read the Report here

Rebecca Viser
Director of Communications
Council on Foundations
(703) 879-0724
rebecca.viser@cof.org

Christine Innamorato
Manager of Knowledge Services Communications
Foundation Center
(212) 807-2575
communications@foundationcenter.org