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Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
(888) 356-0354 ext. 701
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Steven Lawrence
Director of Research
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2410
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Social Justice Grantmaking On the Rise

New York, NY — July 14, 2010. According to the Foundation Center's Key Facts on Social Justice Grantmaking (2010 Edition), social justice-related funding by U.S. foundations climbed to nearly 15 percent of overall grant dollars in 2008. During most of the past decade, social justice giving had represented a smaller 11 to 12 percent of grant dollars awarded by foundations included in the Foundation Center's annual grants sample.

Among other key findings:

  • Economic development benefited from the largest share of social justice grant dollars in 2008
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ranked as the top funder of social justice-related activities
  • Close to half of social justice-related funding targeted international efforts



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 foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.

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