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Facts About Philanthropy

Foundation Time Slider 1975-2008

Featured Tool from the Foundation Center

The Foundation Time Slider visualizes the growth of foundations, their number, assets and giving from 1975 to 2008.

Key Statistics

Are foundations making their work accessible?

Only 29% of U.S. foundations reported having a web site, issuing publications or annual reports.

How many people run the typical foundation?

76% of all U.S. foundations have 4 or fewer staff members.

Trends in Foundation Philanthropy

Explore the Foundations Today Series

Expand your knowledge about foundation philanthropy with the Foundations Today Series, a unique collection of facts and figures on private and community foundations and their giving.

Foundation Center research studies»

Why Glasspockets?

Writing for PhilanTopic blog, Foundation Center president Bradford K. Smith asks: If the Digital Divide is fast becoming a thing of the past around the world, why is it alive and well in philanthropy?

Writing for PhilanTopic blog, Janet Camarena, director of the Foundation Center’s San Francisco office and project lead for the Glasspockets initiative, discusses the importance of working with partners in the development and continuing evolution of Glasspockets.

With Glasspockets, the Foundation Center and its partners are working to:

  • Inspire private foundations to greater openness in their communications.
  • Increase understanding of best practices in foundation transparency and accountability in an online world.
  • Illustrate how institutional philanthropy is relevant to the critical issues of our time.
  • Highlight the many stories of philanthropy that show how private wealth is serving the public good.
  • Illuminate successes, failures, and ongoing experimentation so foundations can build on each other’s ideas to increase impact.

About our partners:

Center for Effective Philanthropy: The mission of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is to provide data and create insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and impact.

Communications Network: Formed nearly 20 years ago as a volunteer group, the Network today operates as a stand-alone 501(c)(3), dedicated to helping advance, promote, and encourage the adoption of effective communications practices in philanthropy.

Global Philanthropy Forum: The Global Philanthropy Forum aims to build a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their giving and social investing.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations: Understanding that grantmakers are successful only to the extent that their grantees achieve meaningful results, GEO promotes strategies and practices that contribute to grantee success.

One World Trust: The One World Trust is an independent think tank that conducts research, develops recommendations and advocates for reform to make policy and decision-making processes in global governance more accountable to the people they affect now and in the future, and to ensure that international laws are strengthened and applied equally to all.

About the Foundation Center:

Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. Its audiences include grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants; issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs.

Contact us:

For information on Glasspockets, please contact:

Janet Camarena
Director, San Francisco Office
The Foundation Center

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