A Chronicle survey of the wealthiest grant makers finds that assets are still at least 16 percent lower than in 2007, but that hasn't put a crimp on ambitious new programs to deal with issues like climate change, cybersecurity, and income inequality.
Assets are at least 16 percent lower than in 2007, the year before the Great Recession gutted endowments, and grant making is down 6.5 percent.
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See how many grants 83 individual foundations gave in 2013, how much they spent on programs, their estimated giving for this year, and more.
The nation’s 10 wealthiest foundations are now worth $110-billion, still $20-billion shy of their value in 2007.
About the Survey
The annual report on grant makers analyzed financial data from 195 of the wealthiest grant makers in America.
Past Foundation Surveys
2009: Tightening Their Belts
2008: A Year of Slower Growth