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Study Summary: Giving Holds Up at Smaller Foundations Despite Slowed Asset Growth

May 21, 2015

By Eden Stiffman Summary: The report examined the 2014 grant making and investment activities of 769 small and midsize foundations, all Foundation Source clients, compared with last year. All foundations included in the report have assets of less than $50 million. The study showed that small and midsize foundations consistently distribute more than the minimum-required  Read More »

Giving Is Expected to Rise Nearly 5% This Year and Next, Study Predicts

February 25, 2015

Philanthropic giving is expected to increase 4.8 percent this year, and 4.9 percent in 2016, exceeding the average rate of growth in gifts since the recession, according to a forecast released Tuesday. Gifts from individuals, corporations, estates, and foundations are all expected to increase, according to the Philanthropy Outlook, a set of projections made by  Read More »


Learn Foundation Law

February 18, 2015

Learn Foundation Law is a free first-of-its-kind resource for private foundations (and others who are interested), to host e-trainings and tools related to the basic legal rules for private foundations. Most e-learnings developed by the Foundations take less than one hour to complete and feature a program officer named Maya who leads participants through each  Read More »


A New Standard: “Get on the Map” and the Urgent Need for Better Data in Philanthropy

February 17, 2015

Money is a blunt but essential tool for social change, and it has potent, variable effects on our social and political ecosystems. Philanthropy’s commitment to serving the public good makes it imperative that foundations understand as deeply and specifically as possible whom their investments are serving and how. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to discern  Read More »

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How America Gives to Charity

December 22, 2014

Americans continue to open up their wallets to those less fortunate and to causes they want to advance. Charitable giving from individuals, corporations, foundations and bequests totaled $335.17 billion in 2013, the latest data available, up 4.4% from 2012, according to the Giving USA Foundation and Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Total giving  Read More »