Philanthropic and Foundation “Giving” Data

December 3, 2019 Jessica Tagliafierro

The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes the time of year when many look for ways to give back to their communities. In this spirit of giving December’s indicator explores Candid, one of the leading sources for data related to grants, philanthropy, and foundations.

What is Candid?

In early 2019, Candid was formed by the joining of the Foundation Center and GuideStar, two prominent leaders in philanthropic facilitation. Today, Candid uses research, collaboration, and training to connect nonprofits, foundations, and individuals to the resources they need to continue to give. Through this work, Candid has built a large database of information related to various types of giving and related activity by foundations.

Where can I access this data?

While customers can order custom statistical searches from Candid for a fee, there is a plethora of free data available on their website:

Foundation Stats

This dashboard aggregates and displays fiscal data of foundations in the U.S., including data on total giving, total assets, and gifts received. As of 2015, there were over 86,000 foundations in the U.S. giving nearly $63 billion annually. The leaders in total giving include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Abbvie Patient Assistance Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc.


Source: Candid


Research Reports

Candid’s research reports, which take a deep dive into philanthropic data across a variety of topics, are also available on their website. Reports related to disaster philanthropy and human rights, as well as profiles on giving across a range of geographies are available here. Valuable insights into the giving patterns of institutions are available in these reports. For example, an analysis of global disaster-related funding reveals that in 2017, 65% of funding was in response to natural disasters, of which storms were the leading disaster type (Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2019: Data to Drive Decisions. Candid, 7 Nov. 2019).

Source: Candid

Foundation Landscapes

Foundation landscapes allow for a closer look at some of the critical issues in philanthropy and here they stand in terms of receiving funding. These landscapes combine multiple resources, including data visualization tools and original research to provide insights into things such funding for advancing human rights, the ocean, education, and libraries.

Happy holidays and happy giving!




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