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A Scan of Community Foundations Accepting Cryptocurrency Gifts

December 14, 2018

With the proliferation of bitcoin and other forms of digital (or "crypto") currencies around the world, a growing number of charitable donations are being given via these transaction vehicles. To what extent have community foundations entered this space? Which cryptocurrencies are the most popular in the field, and which are the most popular digital payment platforms? And how do processes surrounding these gifts differ across the field? CF Insights recently conducted a survey of U.S.-based community foundations to explore these questions, and more.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

U.S. Foundation Funding for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure, 2004-2015

October 8, 2018

There is a complex ecosystem of organizations working to enable, strengthen, and evolve the work of philanthropy, nonprofits, and civil society around the world. From communities of practice that build skills and encourage collaboration to data and research that inform solutions and foster transparency, these organizations provide a much-needed backbone for work on our most critical global challenges. New research from Foundation Center aims to map the composition of and support for this ecosystem of infrastructure organizations so that we can better align and improve efforts to build a better future.

North America; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Help Make That Happen

April 17, 2018

While slogans like "think globally, act locally" have been around for decades, still so much decision making about philanthropy happens by stakeholders outside them. This paper intends to address the struggle funders face with giving up power, despite caring deeply about championing local leadership and initiatives. Learn about the "community philanthropy approach" and practical examples of how funders have shared and shifted power without losing sight of their strategic imperatives.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Global Philanthropy Data Charter 2017 - Second Edition

October 26, 2017

To realize this vision of improved data for deeper philanthropic impact and transparency, WINGS, Foundation Center, CENTRIS, and partners from around the world created and refined the Global Philanthropy Data Charter. The main objective of this revision is to make the document more accessible and provide concrete guidance on how to successfully engage in data-sharing processes.

Data and technology, Information and Communications

Avance De Los Derechos Humanos: Actualización Sobre Las Subvenciones De Fundaciones a Nivel Global - Spanish 2017 Edition

September 6, 2017

Spanish VersionThis 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.

Enabling environment and civic space

Global Philanthropy Data Charter - Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy Case Study

June 27, 2017

The Charter was created as part of a collaborative process to help guide the philanthropic sector's data-related work and instil a data culture. The updated Charter it is soon to be released as a toolkit along with 4 of our Members' Case Studies – to begin with this series, the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy gives us a framework on the environment of collecting data in Pakistan.

Data and technology, Information and Communications

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

Number of Registered Public Benefit Foundations in Europe exceeds 147,000

September 30, 2016

Data compiled by the Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) and analysed by Foundation Center (New York) indicates that there are more than 147,000 registered "public benefit foundations" in Europe, with combined annual expenditures of nearly 60 billion euro. These figures are based on the latest available data from 24 European countries in the DAFNE network, including 18 European Union members. This document provides details regarding the survey and the collect of those figures.

Europe; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Kenya: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (2nd Report)

September 28, 2016

This report presents key outcomes from the Kenya Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop, held in Nairobi on the 4th and 5th of July 2016. The Workshop was developed based on input provided by a cross section of Kenyan foundations, trusts, and support organisations that participated in an earlier "Data Scoping Meeting," held in Nairobi on 28 April 2016.

Data and technology, Information and Communications; Sub-Saharan Africa

Key Facts on Brazilian Social Investment: GIFE Census 2014

July 28, 2016

Key Facts on Brazilian Social Investment describes the characteristics of GIFE member organizations—Brazilian corporations and independent, family, and community associations and foundations using social investments for public benefit in Brazil. Data are based on GIFE's biannual surveys of its members.

Latin America and the Caribbean; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

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

Promotion Des Droits Humains: Mise À Jour Des Subventions Des Fondations Au Niveau Mondial - French 2017 Edition

April 15, 2016

French VersionThis 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.

Enabling environment and civic space

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