Where Does Foundation Financial Research Get Data Foundations are required to file a form called the 990 PF annually with the IRS. These forms are open to public inspection (see image below, top right, in red highlight under "2019"). Foundation Financial Research has digitized the data in these forms for all foundations with over $1 million in assets (over 40,000 … [Read more...] about Source Data: The 990 PF
FoundationMark, has recently rolled out a new feature - peer group analysis. Foundations have been badly underserved in terms of available financial benchmarking resources. The few publications available tend to either 1) focus on only the largest foundations, 2) be buried in academic papers, or 3) report episodic survey results, all of which make it difficult to make … [Read more...] about FoundationMark Adds Peer Group Analysis
Higher Giving, Higher Assets The graph and table below show current estimated foundation assets grew to $1.2 trillion at the end of 2020. The FoundationMark assumptions underlying the asset level are shown at right, including a giving level of $88 billion, up about 7% from 2019. We recognize that giving may have been higher as foundations may have responded to the … [Read more...] about Record Giving, Record Asset Levels
Measuring Giving in Dollars and as a Percent of Assets Examining foundation giving is best approached from two perspectives, first, in terms of actual dollars distributed by foundations each year, and secondly as a percentage of assets. Below we provide answers to both. In doing so, we hope to demonstrate the relationship between asset levels and giving, as well as provide … [Read more...] about How Much do Foundations Give Per Year?
Last summer our research indicated that foundation assets crossed the $1 trillion threshold for the first time at some point in 2017, about 18 months prior to our discovery. Curious to learn more about this watershed moment, we looked for news stories but found none. After triple checking all our data, we mentioned this to the leading philanthropic publication, the Chronicle … [Read more...] about Measuring Foundation Asset Levels