Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
(888) 356-0354 ext. 701

Steven Lawrence
Director of Research
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2410

New York, NY -- August 10, 2010. The Foundation Center has released the new 2010 editions of its essential fact sheets on family, corporate, and community foundations. These brief reports provide critical statistics on the resources and giving priorities of these distinct types of U.S. grantmakers.

Key findings from the reports include:

  • Corporate foundations reduced their 2009 giving by an estimated
    3.3 percent.
  • 2009 saw the first decline in current-dollar community foundation giving recorded since 1994.

"The information presented in these reports provides the baseline for understanding the unique roles of corporate and community foundations," said Steven Lawrence, director of research at the Foundation Center.

Findings presented in Key Facts on Corporate Foundations and Key Facts on Community Foundations come from the Foundation Center's tracking of fiscal and programmatic information on more than 75,000 grantmaking foundations, annual surveys of leading grantmakers, and analyses of the giving patterns of almost 1,500 of the nation's largest foundations.

Also available is Key Facts on Family Foundations, which updates grantmaking and fiscal characteristics of family foundations through 2008. These reports can be downloaded at no charge at

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions in every U.S. state and beyond. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.