Friday, April 25, 2008

New Study Finds that Corporations Increased Giving by 7% in 2007

On April 24, a story appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, reporting on a new study (Key Facts on Corporate Foundation) by the Foundation Center, in New York, which concludes that "the nearly 2,600 corporate foundations gave an estimated $4.4-billion to charity in 2007."  This amount represents about a 7 percent increase over 2006 giving amounts.  Below is an excerpt of the story, highlighting the study's key findings:

Corporate foundations have long represented an important source of support for the nonprofit sector, and that remained true in 2007,” Steven Lawrence, senior director of research at the Foundation Center, said in a statement. “While the survey findings suggest that giving by corporate foundations may increase in 2008, the current economic downturn makes the future less predictable.”

Among the report’s other findings:

  • In 2006, the most recent year for which data were available, grants to support education comprised about one-quarter of all dollars given by corporate foundations, across all regions of the country. Human-services charities and public-affairs groups each received about one-fifth of all grant dollars.
  • Though it has nearly doubled since 1990, corporate giving continues to grow at a slower rate than overall foundation giving, and in 2007 comprised just 10 percent of all foundation giving, down from 17 percent in 1990.
  • Nearly 30 percent of corporate foundations expect to reduce their giving in 2008.

The top five corporate foundations, by total giving in 2006 were, in descending order: Aventis Pharmaceuticals Health Care Foundation, in Bridgewater, N.J.; Bank of America Charitable Foundation, in Charlotte, N.C.; Wal-Mart Foundation, in Bentonville, Ark.; GE Foundation, in Fairfield, Conn.; and Citi Foundation, in New York.

See Foundation Center website for more information about the Foundation Center Research Series.


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