With more than 40 partners worldwide we work to strengthen the sector and connect philanthropy to the broader development ecosystem. We act as a thought leader, facilitator and convener to foster transparency and build the global knowledge base on philanthropy. With partners, we build capacity and develop shared practices around data and knowledge sharing to facilitate strategic decision making and collaboration amongst philanthropists around the world.

Here are just a few of the ways we work together:

Strengthening the Sector Through Philanthropy Support Organizations

We work with regional and thematic philanthropy support organizations and associations around the world to jointly facilitate events for their members, improve their data management practices, undertake research, promote transparency in the sector, and promote cooperation between stakeholders to ensure a networked approach to philanthropy and improved grantmaking and development outcomes.

Reports:

European Foundation Sector Report 2016
Peace and Security Funding Index
Advancing Human Rights Report 2017
European Foundation Sector Report 2016: Number of Registered Public Benefit Foundations in Europe Exceeds 147,000 Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking - 2017 Edition Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, Key Findings - 2017 Edition

Partners:

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), Asociacion Española de Fundaciones (AEF), Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales (AFE), Association for Community Relations (ACR Romania), Arab Foundations Forum, CAF America, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Centro Mexicano para la Filantropia (Cemefi), China Foundation Center, Community Foundations of Canada, Council on Foundations, Donors and Foundation Networks in Europe (DAFNE), East Africa Association of Grantmakers, EDGE Funders Alliance, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Filantropi Indonesia, GIFE (Brazil), Global Fund for Community Foundations, GlobalGiving, Global Philanthropy Forum, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), Hudson Institute, Human Rights Funders Network, OECD NetFWD, Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP), Peace and Security Funders Group, PEAK Grantmaking, Philanthropic Foundations Canada, Philanthropy Australia, Philanthropy New Zealand, Polish Donors’ Forum, Prospera - International Network of Women’s Funds, SwissFoundations, Women’s Funding Network, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), Youth Bank International.

Using Data to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals provide a comprehensive, globally relevant framework for development. We engage in strategic partnerships to connect the philanthropic sector with stakeholders and networks related to the SDGs to build the case for investing in data to capture philanthropy’s contributions to international development to help the sector to use data to engage with and work toward achieving the SDGs. 

Reports:

From Global Goals to Local Impact SDG Report
Converging Interests SDG Report
Engaging Philanthropy SDG Report
From Global Goals to Local Impact: How Philanthropy Can Help Achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in the U.S. Converging Interests: How Governments and the Philanthropy Sector are Collaborating to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – A Synopsis Engaging Philanthropy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward

Partners:

SDG Philanthropy Platform, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, CAF America, AFE, East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), Council on Foundations, UN Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, Blackbaud, Global Impact

Building a Global Philanthropy Data and Knowledge Network 

To help philanthropy infrastructure organisations and their members use data effectively, we work with the Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) as their data and knowledge partner on a range of research reports and initiatives. One of which includes the Global Philanthropy Data Charter.The Global Philanthropy Data Charter is a framework to guide organizations in the philanthropy sector as they set out to improve philanthropy data. The guide was developed through a series of consultations with international actors in the field facilitated by Foundation Center and WINGS. 

Reports:

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Global Philanthropy Data Charter 2017 - Second Edition Global Philanthropy Data Charter - Community Chest Case Study Global Philanthropy Data Charter - Arab Foundations Forum Case Study
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Infrastructure in Focus: A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy Report
Global Philanthropy Data Charter - East Africa Association of Grantmakers Case Study Global Philanthropy Data Charter - Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy Case Study Infrastructure in Focus: A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy

Partners:

WINGS

Facilitating Financial Sustainability of Civil Society organizations

In March 2017, we kicked off Facilitating Financial Sustainability (FFS), a three-year research and testing initiative under the USAID localworks program. FFS will support local “Action Learning Groups” to develop and activate strategies and practices for civil society organizations (CSOs) and donors to improve financially sustainability and reduce dependence on international donors. Bringing together LINC, Peace Direct, and Foundation Center, the FFS team is starting by conducting an in-depth research project to identify the most effective strategies that CSOs have employed in different environments to generate diverse revenue streams and healthy growth, as well as common factors among cases in which donors and governments have helped rather than hindered this growth. This research will serve as the basis for the creation of Action Learning Groups (ALGs) in three different countries to analyze and act on their situation compared to the strategies and factors identified through the research. The combined research and on-the-ground testing will be synthesized into a toolkit for donors and CSOs to use to develop strategies to facilitate improved financial sustainability taking into account the complexities of different contexts.

Partners:

LINC, Peace Direct, USAID

Tracking Trends in International Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations

Since 1997, Foundation Center and Council on Foundations have been tracking trends in international grantmaking by U.S. foundations. The studies are meant to increase awareness and understanding of U.S. foundations’ role in the broader development ecosystem and their grantmaking practices. In June 2017 we published the first ever study of international grantmaking by U.S. community foundations, Local Communities with Global Reach: International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations. A new edition of the sector wide international grantmaking report is set to be published in the fall of 2017.

Reports:

International Grantmaking Update: A Snapshot of U.S. Foundation Trends, 2012 Report
International Grantmaking Update: A Snapshot of U.S. Foundation Trends Report
International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations - Local Communities with Global Reach
International Grantmaking Update: A Snapshot of U.S. Foundation Trends, 2012 International Grantmaking Update: A Snapshot of U.S. Foundation Trends International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations: Local Communities with Global Reach

Partners:

Council on Foundations

Getting Smarter About Funding Agriculture

The Initiative for Open Ag Funding is a multistakeholder effort to provide key actors in agriculture and food security the data they need to make smarter investments. The initiative is a partnership of Foundation Center, InterAction, Development Gateway, Publish What You Fund, Open Data Services, and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets.

Reports:

Initiative for Open Agriculture Funding

Agriculture Investment Data Needs: Foundations Report
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Partners:

InterAction, Development Gateway, Publish What You Fund, Open Data Services, The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets