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Do foundations give outside of the United States?

Yes. Foundations can and do make grants to overseas recipients. They are an important source of private funds overseas, since individual donors (unlike private foundations) are not permitted to receive a charitable deduction for gifts outside the United States. Foundations also make awards to U.S. nonprofits for international purposes. Examples of these nonprofits include Project Hope, CARE, and the Friends of the Israel Museum.

  • Close to 80 percent of grant dollars went to U.S.-based recipients for a domestic purpose in 2010, with the remaining amount providing support for international purposes.
  • The share of giving for international purposes has nearly doubled since the early 1990s.
  • The majority of international funding supports U.S.-based programs. Giving for U.S.-based international programs was $2.7 billion in the latest year, while overseas recipients received $1.5 billion.

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