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April 06, 2016

New Report Highlights Grant Makers Focused on Global Peace

A study by the Peace and Security Funders Group and the Foundation Center offers what the organizations tout as the first detailed look at foundation contributions to building international peace, stability, and prosperity, the center announced Tuesday. Researchers identified 288 grant makers that collectively awarded $283 million in 2013, the last year for which data was available, to more than 1,200 organizations pursuing peace and security projects.

While the spending represents less than 1 percent of global giving, such foundations "are punching well above their weight" in terms of impact on their cause, said Alexandra Toma, executive director of the Peace and Security Funders Group. The top 15 grant makers in the field, among them the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, provided two-thirds of the 2013 funding, most of which supported research and policy work in areas such as conflict prevention and nuclear nonproliferation.