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A Brief Overview of the U.S. Foundation Funding for Africa Report

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The U.S. Foundation Funding for Africa represents a first- ever examination of grantmaking by the nation’s foundation community specifically focused on continental Africa. Prepared by Foundation Center in cooperation with Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, this report captures all U.S. foundation funding focused on Africa, regardless of recipient location.

We begin with an examination of the change in U.S. foundation funding for Africa between 2002 and 2012. Here are a few important highlights:

  • U.S. foundation giving focused on Africa grew at more than twice the rate of overall international giving between 2002 and 2012.
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation accounted for most of the increase in Africa-focused funding.
  • By 2012, the Gates Foundation’s commitment to Africa had risen to 249 grants totaling over $1 billion. 
  • The number of African-focused grants awarded by U.S. foundations rose from 1,380 in 2002 to 1,955 in 2012; an overall 42% increase. 

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This table illustrates the Top U.S. Foundation Funders for Africa in 2012:

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While this report documents the distribution of funding focused on Africa overall, it also examines differences in funding priorities based on whether foundations were supporting organizations headquartered in Africa or supporting projects and other activities focused on Africa that were conducted by organizations headquartered outside of Africa. 

We will continue to extract pertinent information from the following sections over the next few weeks:

  • Foundation Funding by Geographic Focus
  • Foundation Funding by Issue Focus
  • Foundation Funding by Population Focus
  • Foundation Funding by Type of Support

For a download of the full report, visit http://bit.ly/1KsQ1xG