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Research Studies: Regional Trends

Our funding trends reports provide the latest data available on every aspect of U.S. foundation philanthropy. Our team of research experts analyzes and interprets the data on foundations that we collect — providing a national data source unique for its scope, depth, and historical value.

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Recent Reports


Giving in Illinois

June 2014

Giving in Illinois Illinois is home to more than 4,800 grantmaking foundations and their giving totaled a record $2.8 billion in 2012. Giving in Illinois provides a detailed examination of the size and scope of the Illinois foundation community and documents the giving priorities of Illinois and non-Illinois foundations giving in the state. The report was produced by Foundation Center in cooperation with Donors Forum.

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Giving In Indiana

April 2014

Giving in Illinois Published by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance in partnership with Foundation Center, this report on Indiana foundation giving provides an overview of the funding landscape in Indiana, as well as a focused analysis of grantmaking directed toward specific beneficiary groups.

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Understanding Foundation Expenses: Focus on Illinois

September 2013

Understanding Foundation Expenses: Focus on Illinois Foundation size, operating characteristics, and programmatic activities are among the many factors that must be considered when assessing charitable administrative expense levels. To provide a more informed perspective on this issue, Understanding Foundation Expenses: Focus on Illinois offers first-ever multi-year trend information detailing the expense practices of large Illinois independent foundations and compares them to the national experience.

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Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

February 2013

Key Facts on Georgia Foundations In 2010, Georgia saw a decline in both the number of active foundations and the dollar value of grants awarded, while assets overall rose 8.1 percent. Key Facts on Georgia Foundations provides the latest statistical data and snapshot views of Georgia foundations' total giving and assets, as well as their giving patterns outlined by major subject. Surveys conducted in partnership with the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance and Georgia Center for Nonprofits provide additional insight into the grantmaking practices and giving priorities of the state's foundations.

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Key Facts on Bay Area Foundations

June 2011

Key Facts on Bay Area Foundations Since 2000, foundations in the Bay Area reported faster growth in total giving and assets compared to California and U.S. foundations overall. These grantmakers awarded $3.1 billion in 2009, a 77% increase over 2000, and their assets rose 34% during the same ten years, despite a steep decline in 2008. Key Facts on Bay Area Foundations examines the assets and giving of 2,498 private and community foundations in the Bay Area and provides lists of top foundations and snapshot views of their giving patterns by major subject and support type.

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Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio

March 2011

Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio There is a growing interest among large foundations in Ohio in supporting economic development activities in the state. According to Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio, grant dollars in this category increased from $24.5 million in 2005 to $62 million in 2008, a 152% upswing. As a share of total giving in Ohio, economic development grants doubled, from 7 to 14 percent. In 2008, nearly half of these grant dollars supported employment training and services, and a quarter went for urban development projects.

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Grantmaking to Communities of Color in Oregon

December 2010

Grantmaking to Communities of Color in Oregon This groundbreaking report uses the most comprehensive database ever assembled on Oregon foundation giving. It examines the extent to which grantmaking by Oregon's 779 foundations reached the state's communities of color in 2008, providing important baseline data about foundation giving in the context of the state's changing demographics. Grantmaking to Communities of Color in Oregon was prepared by the Foundation Center for GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington, a regional association group.

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Key Facts on Foundation Giving for Oakland

August 2010

Key Facts on Foundation Giving for Oakland Key Facts on Foundation Giving for Oakland examines funding for Oakland-based recipients intended to benefit East Bay-focused nonprofits. It includes lists of top recipients and funders and breaks down giving by the geographic focus of funders and recipients, as well as by subject, population group, and type of support. Produced in cooperation with The San Francisco Foundation and the Fund for the Oakland Mayorís Office of Public, Private Partnerships at the East Bay Community Foundation.

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Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in California

October 2009

Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in California sheds light on grant priorities and the effect of the economic crisis on California arts funders and recipient organizations surveyed earlier in 2009. Findings show the contrast between types of support that grantmakers award compared to what arts groups say they need most. The report includes an analysis of arts grantmaking in 2007, including a list of the 10 largest California arts funders by total giving.

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Giving by Foundations in the National Capital Region: How Much Stays Local?

February 2009

Foundations in the Washington metropolitan area granted nearly $186 million in 2006 to locally-focused organizations in Greater Washington, according to this new report. This study — the first ever to examine locally-focused giving within a specific metropolitan area anywhere in the United States — analyzes the giving of 1,191 foundations based in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and northern Virginia to determine how much of their grantmaking was targeted to Greater Washington organizations with a predominantly local focus. The report also examines giving by the 26 largest foundations in the sample to identify the subject areas in which these grants were given.

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Spotlight on Funding for the Environment
and Animals in California

June 2008

In 2006, 85 California foundations gave $279.2 million for the environment and animals according to Spotlight on Funding for the Environment and Animals in California. This report includes statistical charts and data tables and lists of top grantmakers and recipients drawn from the Foundation Center's annual grants sample.

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Key Facts on Florida Foundations

June 2008

Grantmaking by Florida foundations equaled nearly $1.2 billion in 2006, according to Key Facts on Florida Foundations, a new Foundation Center report. The top 10 givers, all independent foundations, gave a total of $322 million or 27 percent of all Florida foundation giving.

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Key Facts on Alabama Foundations

June 2008

Grantmaking by Alabama foundations exceeded $145 million in 2006, according to Key Facts on Alabama Foundations, a new Foundation Center report. The top 10 givers, which include community, corporate, and independent foundations, gave a total of $53.7 million or just over a third of all Alabama foundation giving.

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Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio

February 2008

In 2005, 64 foundations gave $24.6 million in economic development grants to Ohio recipients, according to Spotlight on Economic Development Grantmaking in Ohio. This report includes statistical charts and data tables drawn from the Foundation Centerís annual grants sample, lists of top grantmakers and recipients, and profiles of two unique Ohio grantmakers, the Fund for Our Economic Future and the Generation Foundation.

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- To find more information about economic development use our Subject Search Accelerator


Ohio: The State of Philanthropy

October 2007

Published by the Ohio Grantmakers Forum in collaboration with the Foundation Center, this report provides the most current data available on giving in Ohio. The report takes a look at the first six years of the new century, discerning giving trends and patterns.

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Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area

October 2007

In 2005, the San Francisco Bay Area benefited from 1,498 arts and culture grants totaling $145 million, according to Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area. The report provides a mini-directory of selected Bay Area funders with a focus on the arts, and is supplemented by a listing of the top non-Bay Area foundations that provide significant arts funding in the region.

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Key Facts on Washington, DC, Area Foundations

June 2007

Washington, DC, area foundations had close to $12 billion in assets and were responsible for almost $779 million in grants in 2005, according to Key Facts on Washington, DC, Area Foundations, a new report from the Foundation Center-Washington, DC. The report is the first ever to exclusively highlight the Center's most current data on the size and giving activities of this segment of the nation's grantmaking foundations.

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Spotlight on Human Services Grantmaking
in the San Francisco Bay Area

May 2007

Spotlight on Human Services Grantmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area provides a brief look at key Bay Area funders for human services with selected grants and statistical charts from the Centerís database.

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Spotlight on Human Services Grantmaking in Ohio

May 2007

Spotlight on Human Services Grantmaking in Ohio provides a brief look at key Ohio funders for human services with selected grants and statistical charts from the Center's database.

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Report Archive

Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

January 2012

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Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

September 2010

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Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

Spotlight on Arts Funding in Georgia

October 2009

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Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

September 2009

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Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

Key Facts on Georgia Community Foundations

February 2009

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Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

Spotlight on Funding for the Environment and Animals in Georgia

June 2008

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Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in Georgia

May 2007

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Regional Reports on Health Grantmaking


Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in California

Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in Georgia

Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in Ohio


Foundation Funding for Arts Education

October 2005
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Regional Reports on Arts Grantmaking


Spotlight on Arts Education Grantmaking in Ohio

Spotlight on Arts Education Grantmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area

Spotlight on Arts Funding in Metropolitan Atlanta


California Foundations

California Foundations: An Update on the State's Grantmaking Community

October 2006
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Key Facts on Bay Area Foundations

Key Facts on Bay Area Foundations

October 2006
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Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in California

Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in California

October 2006
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Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in Ohio

Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in Ohio

October 2006
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Spotlight on Ohio's New Health Foundations

Spotlight on Ohio's New Health Foundations

March 2004
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New York Metropolitan Area Foundations

New York Metropolitan Area Foundations

December 2002
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