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2007 Foundation Giving by Country of Benefit

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OECD Funding for Health in Developing Countries

Access to Health Care

“Substantial progress in health over recent decades has been deeply unequal...with a considerable number of countries increasingly lagging behind or losing ground.”

— Dr. Margaret Chan, Director–General, World Health Organization

“The rising cost of health care has put too many families and businesses on a collision course with financial ruin and left too many without coverage at all.”

— President Barack Obama

What are we doing about it?

  • Large U.S. foundations committed nearly $5 billion for health in 2007
  • Of the nearly $5 billion, 60% was spent domestically
  • Giving for health has more than doubled domestically since 1997 and jumped more than 16-fold internationally, largely due to the Gates Foundation
  • Health received the 2nd largest share of foundation support in 2007

Which leads us to ask...

  • How is the funding 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 Health Grants by Subject Categories

Distribution of Health Grants by Subject Categories*

Top 25 Foundations by Amount of Giving for Health

Top 25 Recipients of Foundation Giving for Health

Top 50 Grants for Health

*Tables exclude the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Eradicating Tropical Diseases
Improving Maternal Health in Developing Countries
Expanding Access to Health Care for Children
Expanding Access to Health Care for At-Risk Populations
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