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2007 Foundation Giving for Poverty by Country of Benefit

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OECD Aid for Developing Countries

Poverty at Home and Abroad

“Half of the world’s population lives on $2 a day. Over 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day. This is no formula for peace.”

— Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize Lecture

“The challenge [of eliminating poverty] is greater than it has been in generations.... 1 in every 8 Americans now lives in poverty, a rate that has nearly doubled since 1980.”

— President Barack Obama

What are we doing about it?

  • Large U.S. foundations committed more than $ 2.7 billion to alleviate poverty in 2007
  • Of the $2.7 billion, 67% was spent domestically
  • Giving to combat poverty has more than doubled domestically since 1997 and increased more than 12-fold in developing countries

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

Top 25 Foundations by Amount of Giving for Poverty
DomesticDeveloping Countries

Top 25 Recipients of Foundation Giving for Poverty
DomesticDeveloping Countries

Top 25 Grants for Poverty
DomesticDeveloping Countries

Expanding Financial Services in Developing Countries
Women and Economic Development in Developing Countries
Economic Crisis in the U.S.
Business and Job Development in the U.S.
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