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Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
(888) 356-0354 ext. 701

Foundation Center's Philanthropy Annual: 2009 Review
Highlights of News and Issues that Shaped the Year

New York, NY — May 17, 2010. The Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on organized philanthropy, has released Philanthropy Annual: 2009 Review, the third edition of its yearly compendium highlighting the news, issues, people, organizations, and giving trends shaping the field of philanthropy.

"Philanthropy Annual provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on what our sector has achieved in 2009 and has yet to achieve in the future that awaits us," says Bradford K. Smith, the Center's president, in the Annual's introduction.

The Annual provides a full overview of organized philanthropy, illustrating its important role in society and its national and global impact. Content is drawn in part from Philanthropy News Digest, the Center's daily online news service, as well as selected research findings in the annual Foundations Today Series and other Center sources.

Highlights include:

  • topical issues covered in the mainstream and philanthropic press during 2009, including the continued impact of the economic downturn and the intersection of government and private funding for healthcare, education, and social innovation
  • in-depth interviews and commentary from widely respected leaders and thinkers, including Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of Greater New Orleans Foundation, and Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America
  • lists of the top foundations and public charities, as well as updated statistical information about U.S. grantmaking
  • a sampling of books, periodicals, and blogs in the field
  • updated key contacts at philanthropy support organizations
Philanthropy Annual: 2009 Review is available for free download or for purchase at the Center's online Marketplace ($19.95).

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions in every U.S. state and beyond. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

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