News and Updates

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 »


U.S. Foundations Gave $54.7 Billion in 2013, Report Finds

November 18, 2014

Giving by U.S. Foundations grew to a record $52 billion in 2012 and is projected to reach $54.7 billion for 2013, a report from Foundation Center finds. According to the 2014 edition of Key Facts on U.S. Foundations (8 pages, PDF), the nation’s 86,192 private and community foundations held $715 billion in total assets in  Read More »