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Moving Beyond the Economic Crisis: Foundations Assess the Impact and Their Response

November 2010

Moving Beyond the Economic Crisis: Foundations Assess the Impact and Their Response Giving by U.S. foundations is poised for modest overall growth in 2011, after remaining flat in 2010. But it may take several years for giving to match the peak level recorded in 2008, according to findings in Moving Beyond the Economic Crisis: Foundations Assess the Impact and Their Response. The survey also found that, among the foundations that made changes to operations or grantmaking priorities as a result of the economic crisis, few expect those changes to persist long-term.

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- Read the press release

Earthquake in Haiti: Leading U.S. Foundations
Respond to the Crisis

January 2010

Earthquake in Haiti: Leading U.S. Foundations Respond to the Crisis In the immediate aftermath of the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, the Foundation Center surveyed members of its Grantmaker Leadership Panel to gauge the reaction of top U.S. funders to the unfolding crisis. Findings suggest that a number of leading funders are considering a direct response to the crisis, with a primary focus on providing emergency assistance.

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- Visit Focus on Haiti:
  Earthquake Relief and Recovery


Climate Change: The U.S. Foundation Response

December 2009

By Steven Lawrence, Director of Research

Climate Change: The U.S. Foundation Response As the 2009 Climate Conference in Copenhagen opens, the Foundation Center has prepared a new research advisory that examines foundation support for climate change. Climate Change: The U.S. Foundation Response finds that foundation funding to address issues related to global warming has grown rapidly, climbing from less than $100 million in 2000 to nearly $900 million in 2008.

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Foundations' Year-end Outlook for Giving and the Sector

November 2009

By Steven Lawrence, Director of Research

Foundationsí Year-end Outlook for Giving and the Sector Foundation giving will likely decline by more than 10 percent in 2009 according to survey findings released by the Foundation Center. Based on responses of close to 600 foundations, Foundations' Year-end Outlook for Giving and the Sector also finds that continued reductions are expected in 2010. However, more than three-quarters expect that the field of philanthropy will become more strategic as a result of having weathered the crisis.


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- Read the press release

The Foundation and Corporate Response to the Economic Crisis: An Update

July 2009

The Foundation and Corporate Response to the Economic Crisis: An Update This updated analysis examines giving by close to 140 institutional donors that have announced $322 million in support for efforts to assist organizations and individuals affected by the crisis.

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Foundations Address the Impact of the Economic Crisis

April 2009

By Steven Lawrence, Director of Research

Grantmakers Describe the Impact of the Economic Crisis on Their Giving This new research advisory, the latest in a series that sheds light on the impact of the economic downturn on the nonprofit sector, examines how U.S. foundations are coping with the crisis. The findings are based on early 2009 survey responses of more than 1,200 U.S. foundations. Close to two-thirds of the respondents expect to reduce their grants in 2009, the survey finds, and over half said that they will rely on more non-grantmaking activities in their support for nonprofits.

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- Read the press release

Grantmakers Describe the Impact of the Economic Crisis on Their Giving

March 2009

By Lawrence T. McGill, Vice President for Research,
and Steven Lawrence, Director of Research


Grantmakers Describe the Impact of the Economic Crisis on Their Giving This research advisory looks at public statements made by more than one-third of the 100 largest U.S. foundations by giving and 35 other foundation and corporate funders that have described their giving plans, ranging from raising payout rates to reducing administrative costs to cutting programs altogether.

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- Read the press release

A First Look at the Foundation and Corporate Response to the Economic Crisis

January 2009

By Steven Lawrence, Director of Research

A First Look at the Foundation and Corporate Response to the Economic Crisis Steven Lawrence, the Foundation Center's senior director of research, examines giving by close to 50 institutional donors that have announced over $100 million in support for efforts ranging from reducing the number of foreclosures to shoring up food banks and services for the homeless. This research advisory is part of an ongoing Foundation Center series intended to shed light on the potential impact of the current economic downturn on the nonprofit sector.

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- Read the press release

Do Foundation Giving Priorities Change
in Times of Economic Distress?

November 2008

By Steven Lawrence, Director of Research

Past Economic Downturns and the Outlook for Foundation Giving Steven Lawrence, the Foundation Center's senior director of research, examines trends in foundation giving priorities during times of financial difficulty. It is part of an ongoing Foundation Center research series intended to shed light on the potential impact of the current economic downturn on the nonprofit sector.

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- Read the press release

Past Economic Downturns and the Outlook for
Foundation Giving

October 2008

By Steven Lawrence, Director of Research

Past Economic Downturns and the Outlook for Foundation Giving To address growing concerns about the impact of the current economic downturn on foundation giving and the financial outlook for the nonprofit sector, senior director of research Steven Lawrence provides historical context by examining foundation giving trends in prior recessionary periods and times of economic distress.

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- Read the press release


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