How Do US Foundations Support Global Programs and Partners?


New Data and Trends on International Giving

Did you know that grants by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation accounted for almost 50% of all international grants awarded by US foundations? Or that between 2011 and 2015, only 12% of funds went directly to local organizations without first flowing through an intermediary?

International giving by US foundations grew by 29% from 2011 to 2015 and today, and more US grants are flowing internationally than ever before. The Council on Foundations and Foundation Center analyzed grants awarded by US foundations from 2011 to 2015 to better understand how US foundations are working globally. 

Hear about the findings our report, The State of Global Giving by US Foundations, and how US foundations have engaged globally and what these trends mean for grantees and our sector.


Natalie Ross, Vice President, External Relations at Council on Foundations

Lauren Bradford, Director of Global Partnerships at Foundation Center 

Inga Ingulfsen, Research Analyst, Global Partnerships at Foundation Center