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International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations: Local Communities with Global Reach

by Aaron Schill; Barry Gaberman; Betty Saronson; Darya Oreshkina; David Wolcheck; David Rosado; Inga Ingulfsen; Karolina Jamula-Mucha; Larry McGill; Lauren Bradford; Natalie Ross

Jul 13, 2017

This report, a joint effort by the Council on Foundations and Foundation Center, examines the current state and recent trends in international giving and engagement by large U.S. community foundations. The first-ever analysis of this type suggests that many community foundations are beginning to adopt a broader, more nuanced definition of "community" than they have in the past.


The report documents how funds channeled from U.S. community foundations support international programs and recipients and highlights five U.S. community foundations and their approaches to global engagement and international grantmaking. For this report, we analyzed all the international grants made by U.S. community foundations included in Foundation Center's set of 1,000 of the largest U.S. Foundations from 2011 to 2014, which included 10,533 grants worth $697 million.