Foundation Center - Focus on Education
Foundation Center Focus on Education

2007 Foundation Giving by Country of Benefit

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OECD Funding for Education in Developing Countries

Education for a Global Society

“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.”

— Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

“At this defining moment in our history, America faces few more urgent challenges than preparing our children to compete in a global economy.”

— Obama–Biden Agenda for Education

What are we doing about it?

  • Large U.S. foundations committed nearly $5 billion to education in 2007
  • Of the nearly $5 billion,94% was spent domestically
  • Giving to education has more than doubled domestically since 1997 and more than quadrupled internationally
  • Education received the largest share of foundation support in 2007
  • Foundation support represents less than 1% of total spending on the U.S. public school system alone

Which leads us to ask...

  • Where is it being spent?
  • What innovative programs and initiatives are being funded?
  • What impact is it having?

We examined these issues...

Select an issue area to discover what we found.

Additional Resources

Data Tables, circa 2007

Distribution of Education Grants by Subject Categories

Distribution of Education Grants by Subject Categories*

Top 25 Foundations by Amount of Giving for Education

Top 25 Recipients of Foundation Giving for Education

Top 50 Grants for Education

Distribution of Grants for Educational Reform and Access by Level

*Tables exclude the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Improving Quality and Access
Educating Women and Girls
Strengthening Early Childhood Education
Higher Education in Africa
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