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Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
(888) 356-0354, ext. 701

December 2010

New Research from the Foundation Center

Key Facts on Foundations' Public Policy-related Activities

The Foundation Center's first report benchmarking the level of engagement of U.S. foundations in policy-related activities reflects an increase in grantmaker support for research, public education, and resources to policymakers in recent years. Key Facts on Foundations' Public Policy-related Activities finds that one-quarter of the more than 1,300 foundations surveyed either fund or are engaged in such activities, with larger foundations far more likely to participate than smaller ones. In fact, more than half of those who engage in public policy-related activities increased their levels of support over the last five years.

- Read the report» (PDF) Free

Foundation Yearbook: Facts and Figures on Private and Community Foundations (2010 Edition)

Foundation assets rose by an estimated 3.3 percent in 2009 — up significantly from the record decline in 2008 — but 2010 foundation giving is expected to remain flat, according to the Foundation Center's 2010 edition of Foundation Yearbook: Facts and Figures on Private and Community Foundations. The report documents changes in the number, giving, and assets of all active U.S. foundations from 1975 through 2008, and provides an overview of the current and future outlook.

Foundation Yearbook is part of the Foundations Today Series of annual research reports on foundation growth and trends in foundation giving. Other reports in the series include Foundation Giving Trends and Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates.

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About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and beyond. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

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