The Foundation Center

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The Foundation Center was founded in 1956 and "is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public." It's "mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy." They:

"Collect, organize, and communicate information on U.S. philanthropy
"Conduct and facilitate research on trends in the field
"Provide education and training on the grantseeking process
"Ensure public access to information and services through our Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of Cooperating Collections." [1]

Leadership

  • as of February 2008

Board of Directors

Top 50 Recipients of Foundation Grants for Community Improvement and Development, circa 2003

The top 50 recipients of Foundation Grants for Community Improvement and Development, circa 2003:[2]

1 Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) $146,622,007
2 Moody Gardens $115,963,494
3 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering $107,433,160
4 Johns Hopkins University $99,793,096
5 Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation $82,916,199
6 Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion $79,533,495
7 Armenia, Government of Armenia $79,477,242
8 Harvard University $70,867,494
9 Columbia University $69,773,253
10 International Partnership for Microbicides $66,391,263
11 Duke University $55,032,451
12 University of California $51,518,694
13 Stanford University $48,878,122
14 Massachusetts Institute of Technology $48,036,950
15 University of Michigan $47,822,220
16 University of Pennsylvania $43,796,077
17 Scholarship America $43,789,354
18 Emory University $42,709,977
19 University of Washington Foundation $42,297,978
20 Medicines for Malaria Venture Switzerland $42,100,000
21 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center $37,567,894
22 New Visions for Public Schools $34,910,888
23 Institute of International Education $34,806,628
24 Conservation International $34,261,250
25 Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) $31,991,422
26 University of Chicago $31,966,099
27 Northwestern University $31,838,516
28 United Way of Central Indiana $31,119,185
29 University of Texas $30,438,870
30 California Institute of Technology $30,288,727
31 United Way of America $29,854,319
32 University of California $29,327,619
33 Independent Colleges of Indiana $29,114,827
34 Population Services International $28,653,000
35 Weill Medical College of Cornell University $26,973,045
36 Brigham and Womens Hospital $26,145,579
37 Peninsula Open Space Trust $25,564,800
38 International Food Policy Research Institute $25,110,960
39 E3: Employers for Education Excellence $25,085,000
40 University of California $24,869,000
41 NewSchools Venture Fund $24,789,786
42 Princeton University $24,754,148
43 The Nature Conservancy $24,454,467
44 Transitional Learning Center $24,407,817
45 New York University $23,612,446
46 University of North Carolina $23,546,640
47 Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics Switzerland $23,300,000
48 Carter Center $22,923,591
49 Children's Scholarship Fund $22,652,524
50 University of Washington $21,414,823

Statistics on grantmakers and grantees

Source: http://fdncenter.org/findfunders/statistics/

Publications

Contact

Web: http://fdncenter.org/

Books critical of foundations

Articles critical of foundations

Resources and articles

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References

  1. About, Foundation Center, accessed July 7, 2007.
  2. Top 50 Recipients of Foundation Grants for Community Improvement and Development, circa 2003, Foundation Center, accessed July 7, 2007.