According to the new edition of Foundation Center’s Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, the country’s 86,192 foundations held $715 billion in assets and distributed a record $52 billion in 2012. This annual research study estimates 2013 giving at $54.7 billion and the outlook for 2014 is for growth to continue ahead of inflation, with independent and family foundations growing at a higher rate than other types of foundations.
Among the key findings in the report:
- In 2012, New York State led the nation in overall foundation giving ($8.7 billion).
- California organizations ranked first in the amount of grant dollars received from the largest U.S. foundations ($2.4 billion).
- The Switzerland-based World Health Organization was the top recipient of international grant dollars in 2012.