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Research Studies: International Trends

Our funding trends reports provide the latest data available on every aspect of U.S. foundation philanthropy. Our team of research experts analyzes and interprets the data on foundations that we collect — providing a national data source unique for its scope, depth, and historical value.

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Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India, and Brazil

March 2014

Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India, and Brazil, by Joan Spero and published in collaboration with WINGS, builds greater awareness and understanding of the diversity and challenges of civil society in the so-called BRIC countries. In the absence of comprehensive data on philanthropy in these emerging market economies, the report identifies the cultural, economic, social, and political forces shaping giving in the BRIC countries and describes the growth and nature of their philanthropic activities.

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International Grantmaking Update: A Snapshot of U.S. Foundation Trends

December 2012

Giving by U.S. foundations for international purposes declined in 2010. According to International Grantmaking Update: A Snapshot of U.S. Foundation Trends, a new report prepared by the Foundation Center, this decrease surpassed the decline in foundation giving overall. This latest update of the Foundation Center's benchmark series on international grantmaking examines trends in giving through 2010 based on actual grants awarded by over 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations.

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Untapped Potential: European Foundation Funding
for Women and Girls

May 2011

This landmark study, Untapped Potential: European Foundation Funding for Women and Girls, is the first to examine the scope and distribution of European-based funding for women and girls and to note the gap that exists between European foundations' stated interests and their actual engagement. It finds that 37 percent of surveyed European foundations actively supported programs that benefit women and girls in 2009, but that 90 percent of the same foundations express an interest in issues related to this population group.

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The Global Role of U.S. Foundations

May 2010

This study, written by Joan Spero during her two-year tenure as visiting fellow at the Foundation Center, draws upon interviews with foundation presidents, program officers, and philanthropic experts; Foundation Center data; and Ms. Spero's own past experience as president of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to paint a detailed historical picture of international work by U.S. foundations from the Cold War to the present. It focuses on how foundations have addressed five global challenges — health disparities, poverty, climate change, democracy and civil society, and peace and security — and raises important questions regarding the assessment of foundation impact, the role of foundations in global governance, and institutional accountability.

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International Grantmaking IV

December 2008

Estimated U.S. foundation giving for international purposes reached a record $5.4 billion in 2007, and 2008 giving is likely to top that record. International Grantmaking IV: An Update on U.S. Foundation Trends, a new report prepared by the Foundation Center in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, examines changes in grantmakersí strategies and practices and the outlook for giving based on a 2008 survey and interviews with leading funders. It also documents trends in giving through 2006 based on actual grants awarded by over 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations.

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