« 5Qs for...Ana Oliveira, President/Chief Executive Officer, New York Women's Foundation | Main | This Week in PubHub: Environment: Water/Marine Resources »

Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates, 2011 Edition

April 15, 2011

A new report from our Research Department colleagues here at the center finds that, despite the uneven economic recovery, giving by U.S. foundations held steady in 2010.

According to the report, Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates (16 pages, PDF), the nation's more than 76,000 foundations gave a total of $45.7 billion in 2010, almost matching the $45.8 billion they gave in 2009. This followed a record 2.1 percent year-over-year decline in foundation giving from 2008 to 2009. The report also found that foundation assets increased 5 percent, to $612.7 billion, from $590.2 billion in 2009.



Here are the giving numbers, broken out by foundation type:

Foundation TypeEst. 2010 Giving (billions)Est. Change, %
All $45.7 -0.2%
Independent $32.5 -0.8%
Corporate $4.7 0.2%
Community $4.1 -2.1%


The inflation-adjusted figures always tell an interesting story, as the chart below shows:



As for 2011, the center's latest "Giving Forecast Survey" found that giving by the nation's independent foundations should increase by between 2 percent and 4 percent, with seven out of ten respondents saying they expect to either boost their giving (52 percent) or keep it about the same (17 percent) and three out of ten (30 percent) saying they expect their giving to decline.




Looking ahead to 2012, grantmakers appear to be fairly optimistic, with just 6.5 percent of respondents anticipating lower levels of giving next year, 50.6 percent anticipating that their giving will remain steady, and 27.2 percent saying they expect to increase their giving; the remaining 16 percent are uncertain at this point.

To download a copy of this year's Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates report, which includes more great charts and detail, click here.

« Previous post    Next post »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Quote of the Week

  • "[L]et me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance...."

    — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States

Subscribe to PhilanTopic


Guest Contributors

  • Laura Cronin
  • Derrick Feldmann
  • Thaler Pekar
  • Kathryn Pyle
  • Nick Scott
  • Allison Shirk

Tweets from @PNDBLOG

Follow us »

Filter posts