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Advancing Human Rights Annual Review of Global Foundation Grantmaking: 2017 Key Findings

June 25, 2020

With limited resources and immense challenges, now more than ever human rights grantmakers and advocates are asking critical questions about the human rights funding landscape: Where is the money going? What are the gaps? Who is funding what? The Advancing Human Rights research tracks the evolving state of human rights philanthropy by collecting and analyzing grants data to equip funders and advocates to make more informed and effective decisions. Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) and Candid lead the research, in partnership with Ariadne–European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights, and Prospera–International Network of Women's Funds.In 2017, the research found that 849 foundations awarded 25,229 human rights grants totaling $3.2B to 13,819 recipients around the world, 28% of which was reported as flexible general support.

Cultures of Giving; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy; Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance

Foundations – A Good Deal For Society

July 1, 2019

This study investigates whether setting up a tax-exempt grant-making foundation pays off for society, or whether the process primarily provides tax breaks which ultimately benefit those who set up the foundation, without generating adequate added value for the public at large.

Europe; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy; Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil

June 30, 2019

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil is part of PSJP's Philanthropy Study. Previously the study has focused on producing a series of papers on philanthropy in four emerging market countries/regions – India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil. These studies have taken a broad view of philanthropy, encompassing everything from individual giving (by the very wealthy and by people of more modest means, including crowdfunding) to giving by private and corporate foundations, CSR, community philanthropy, social justice philanthropy, self-funded movements and impact investing.The current paper looks at individual giving by ordinary people in these countries/ regions in more depth. Seen as an area of great promise in India and Russia, it is at an earlier stage in Brazil. In the Arab region giving to the social sector is barely making headway, though traditional giving is very much alive.

Europe; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy; Latin America and the Caribbean; Middle East

Exploring Family Philanthropy in Singapore

January 30, 2019

This study explores family philanthropy in Singapore, as practiced through the family foundation. Throughout the documented history of Singapore, private philanthropy has played an important role. This study looks into why some philanthropists decided to institutionalize their giving by setting up and funding a private family foundation, and how they go about their different ways of expressing and sustaining their philanthropy.

Asia-Pacific; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Philanthropic Foundations In Asia: Insights from Singapore, Myanmar and China

February 1, 2018

This study looks at an emerging trend in which wealthy families, individuals, and corporations in Asia set up foundations to institutionalise their giving. This giving is motivated by a myriad of factors beyond prestige and status, including the desire to give back to society, religion, family and personal values, the desire to drive change, personal experience, and/or affiliations.This study finds that philanthropic foundations in Asia can be characterised by their operational model, governance structure, and philanthropic focus. In emerging economies in Asia like Myanmar and China, these foundations tend to give nationally and operate their own programmes. On the other hand, foundations in developed economies like Singapore and Hong Kong tend to give both regionally and nationally via grants to civil society organisations that operate programmes, as opposed to running programmes themselves. Further, families tend to retain significant control of foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong, while programme funding serves as the preferred funding mode.This study also discusses the various challenges and opportunities faced by the nascent philanthropic sector in Asia that can address some of the developmental and structural gaps left by the public, private, and people sectors. 

Asia-Pacific; Enabling environment and civic space; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Impact Investments by Foundations in Singapore and Hong Kong

January 1, 2018

The study reviews the current state of impact investments in Singapore and Hong Kong, particularly those that have engaged with foundations. It further looks at the trends and challenges of the impact investment sector before presenting a list of recommendations.Impact investment assets globally represent a mere 0.2 percent of global wealth as reported by the Global Impact Investing Network. By increasing this share to just two percent, the potential of impact investments can reach over US$2 trillion (UNDP, 2016). Impact investments can play a significant role in sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region, potentially providing socioeconomic progress for the billions of people living in the region. Foundations in the region can potentially play a significant role given the billions of assets they can deploy. 

Asia-Pacific; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Starting to Stay - Advice to New NGOs and the Donors who will Support Them: How can we create a roadmap for NGOs to develop a sustainable financial model?

March 16, 2017

This roadmap for NGOs, to help them develop a sustainable financial model along with solid suggestions for setting up a project that will last, was developed by a group of NGOs who hale from eight countries in the Middle East and who are among the winners of the Stars Foundation Impact Award for 2015 that came together in Amman, Jordan for a workshop supported by the Stars Foundation as part of our award package. The advices you will find here stem from 100 years of collective experience and aim at helping donors and funders choose their recipients. 

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, Key Findings - 2017 Edition

February 6, 2017

This fourth annual report explores 2014 human rights grantmaking by funder, region, issue, population, and strategy. To provide a more complete picture of giving for human rights, this report also includes data on bilateral and multilateral aid. Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking also highlights key changes in foundation giving between 2013 and 2014. To control for year-to-year variations in the data set, this comparison draws from a subset of 579 funders whose grants were included in the research for both 2013 and 2014. Among this matched subset, total grant dollars forhuman rights rose by 2 percent and the number of grants increased by 11 percent.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Why Kenyans Give: A Nationwide Survey of Philanthropic Behavior

January 24, 2017

DYNAMICS OF GIVING IN KENYA - WHO & WHAT THEY GIVE?93% of Kenyans are Philanthropist More people give to individuals than to organizations. When giving, cash and items (in-kind) are more popular than volunteering

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

The Giving Report III - A survey on the giving practices of high-net-worth individuals in South Africa

November 1, 2016

The Giving Report, now in its third edition, has become an important feature of theprivate philanthropy landscape. The first Giving Report was undertaken in 2010 bythe then BoE Private Clients and repeated in 2012 under the Nedbank Private Wealthbanner. The Giving Report III continues this series and provides insight into trendsamong South Africa's high-net-worth (HNW) individuals.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy; Sub-Saharan Africa

Individual Giving and Philanthropy in Turkey (Full Report)

September 1, 2016

Civil society organizations (CSOs) are at the heart of Turkey's democratization process. Today there are more than 109,000 associations and 5,075 new foundations (established after the Republic) operating along with many informal organizations such as platforms, initiatives, and groups.Despite the importance of donations for the financial sustainability of CSOs, results of the "Individual Giving and Philanthropy in Turkey" (Report) conducted in 2015 in 68 of Turkey's 81 provinces with the participation of 2,495 respondents, show that giving through CSOs in Turkey is low. Also, compared to an earlier study conducted in 2004 and published by TUSEV in 2006, "Philanthropy in Turkey: Citizens, Foundations, and Pursuit of Social Justice" there has been a marked decrease in donations made to CSOs (from 18.4% in 2004 to 12.9% in 2015) in the past decade.

Cultures of Giving; Europe; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, Key Findings - 2016 Edition

July 19, 2016

In 2013, foundations allocated $2.3 billion in support of human rights. The Advancing Human Rights initiative defines human rights grantmaking as funding in pursuit of structural change, often in support of marginalized populations, to advance rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent rights treaties. All grantmaking consistent with this definition was included in this research, including grants by funders who do not consider themselves to be human rights funders but who support work in intersecting fields. The 803 foundations included in this edition of Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking made 20,300 grants supporting human rights. These foundations range from the top-ranked Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, and Nationale Postcode Loterij, each reporting over $250 million in giving for human rights in 2013, to foundations awarding one or two human rights grants. This third annual report explores 2013 human rights grantmaking by funder, region, issue, population, and--for the first time--strategy. To provide a more complete picture of giving for human rights, this year's update also includes 2013 data on bilateral and multilateral aid. Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking also highlights key changes in foundation giving between 2012 and 2013. To control for year-to-year variations in the data set, the report limits this comparison to a set of 649 funders whose grants were included in the research for both 2012 and 2013. Among this matched subset, total grant dollars for human rights rose by 23 percent and the number of grants awarded inceased by 6 percent.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

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