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, according to International Grantmaking IV: An Update on U.S. Foundation Trends. This new report, prepared by the Foundation Center in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, suggests that the prospects for international giving in the near term are also less pessimistic than current market conditions might suggest. View the report highlights [PDF], or borrow the report from our lending library.
The latest update of the Foundation Center's benchmark series on international funding examines changes in grantmakers' 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.
You can find additional resources on international philanthropy at our web site, including:
- Civicus - an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and the capacity of civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy, freedom of association of citizens, and funds for public benefit are threatened.
- Grantmakers Without Borders- a collaborative project of the Tides Center and the International Working Group of the National Network of Grantmakers, works to expand and enrich progressive international philanthropy and to support international projects by providing free advice, alternative sources of information, and increased opportunities for communication among donors.
Idealist.org- a project of Action Without Borders, is available in English, Spanish, French, and Russian. It has a searchable network of more than 30,000 nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries, which can be searched or browsed by name, location or mission. The site also contains a searchable list of volunteer opportunities, hundreds of jobs, consultants, and internship listings, as well as listings of events, programs, and publications.
To learn more, attend a free class on Grantseeking Basics for International Organizations, offered quarterly at the Foundation Center-San Francisco library/learning center.
For a sampling of grants awarded internationally between 2003 and 2008 by more than 600 large U.S. foundations, visit this free Interactive Map of Direct Grants by U.S. Grantmakers to Non U.S. Recipients on our web site. To use the interactive maps, click on a country to drill down to see a list of recipients in that country. Select a single year or multiple years; click on a recipient to see a list of funders.
(This post is from Kayron Bearden, Reference Librarian, Foundation Center - Atlanta)