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Did you know that grants by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation account for almost 50% of all international grants awarded by US foundations? Or that between 2011 and 2015, only 12% of funds went directly to local organizations without first flowing through an intermediary?

International giving by US foundations grew by 29% from 2011 to 2015, and today, more US grants are flowing internationally than ever before. The Council on Foundations and Foundation Center recently analyzed grants awarded by US foundations from 2011 to 2015 to better understand how US foundations are working globally.

Watch this recorded webinar to hear about the findings in our new report, The State of Global Grantmaking by US Foundations, as we discuss how US foundations currently engage globally and what these trends mean for grantees and our sector.

This webinar was co-produced by The Council on Foundations and Foundation Center.


  • Understand recent geographic and subject trends in US foundation giving to international organizations and programs
  • Understand what US grantmakers expect from domestic and foreign grant applicants for programs in other countries

Intended Audience

All levels of experience
CEOs, executive directors, upper management
Fundraising & development staff


Inga Ingulfsen Research Analyst, Global Partnerships Foundation Center View Bio

Lauren Bradford Director of Global Partnerships Foundation Center View Bio

Natalie Ross Vice President, External Relations Council on Foundations View Bio

Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Topic(s) Fundraising Foundation Giving