Giving Compass' Take:
- This report from Disability and Philanthropy Forum analyzes trends in disability funding from U.S. foundations.
- One of the key findings is that "disability funding rarely focuses on intersecting identities, including race, gender, and sexuality." How can individual donors supporting disability communities adopt an intersectional lens, and why is that critical?
- Learn about supporting disability inclusion in philanthropy.
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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.
- 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.