Perspectives on the Global Foundation Sector

The Global Philanthropy Report, conducted by researchers at Harvard Kennedy School’s Hauser Institute for Civil Society with funding from UBS, is the most comprehensive analysis to date of global philanthropic practices and trends.

Key findings:

  • The global philanthropy sector is young and growing fast, with 72 percent of foundations established in the past 25 years.
  • Foundations are highly concentrated geographically, with 60 percent of the more than 260,000 identified by the report based in Europe and 35 percent in North America.
  • While the combined assets of the world’s foundations are estimated at close to USD1.5 trillion, half have no paid staff and small budgets of under USD1 million.

Learn more about the growth of global-giving and UBS’s Global Philanthropist Community

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