Trends in Global Philanthropy Among U.S. Foundations: A Brief Review of Data and Issues

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  • International grantmaking has increased dramatically in the past two decades, at a rate faster than domestic grantmaking.
  • The increase in international grantmaking, stimulated by increased interest in global issues, was fueled by increased foundation assets and especially by new foundations created since 1990.
  • While many of the issues confronting international grantmaking exist with domestic grantmaking, they have special aspects and increased importance because of the global context.
  • Many foundations have now accumulated information about how best to work in partnership with other foundations, governments, and business; these lessons would benefit all foundations.
  • Thoughtful collective action taken by foundation membership organizations from across the globe would likely result in constructive advances in effectiveness, and increased public benefit.

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