One in four adult Americans and an estimated 1 billion people globally experience disability, but foundation funding for disability only represents approximately two cents of every foundation dollar awarded.

Foundation Giving for Disability: Priorities and Trends offers a first-ever, detailed examination of how U.S. foundations focus their support for disability communities. It serves as a resource for understanding the scale and priorities of current support and provides a baseline for measuring changes in funding going forward.

Key Findings:

  • Foundations provide relatively little giving focused on disability.
  • Most foundation funding is consistent with the medical and charity models of disability, focusing on services and supports.
  • Within disability services and supports, some grants advance disability inclusion by building disabled peoples’ individual power and access.
  • Foundation support for disability rights and social justice that follows a “social model” of disability is a tiny portion of overall Foundation 1000 funding.
  • Top disability funders account for a disproportionate share of disability rights and social justice giving.
  • Most foundation funding for disability focuses on the United States.
  • Human services and health are top priorities in domestic giving for disability services and supports.
  • Disability funding rarely focuses on intersecting identities, including race, gender, and sexuality.

Read the full article about disability funding at Disability and Philanthropy Forum.