We can now say that community foundations across the United States are officially international grantmakers. We’ve witnessed the emerging trend of US community foundations making global grants for several years. But now, for the first time ever, we have data showing that this shift is bigger than many of us suspected as these local place-based philanthropic organizations grant millions of dollars to programs abroad annually.
We also found that most global giving by US community foundations is via US based partners. Strategic relationships between community foundations across borders could encourage more direct giving by US community foundations to local, grassroots organizations around the world.
We see huge potential for US community foundations to continue to grow their international impact. We hope this new report sparks new conversations and serves as baseline data for further study. If you’d like to discuss this evolving space, we’d love to connect with you.
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