9 Corporate Grantmaking Facts You Need To Grow Your Global Program

Corporate grantmaking shouldn’t be a black box. Get insight into the flow of corporate funds to the nonprofit sector.


Corporate grantmaking facts can be hard to find. We’ve compiled information from trustworthy resources to help you grow your understanding of the sector as you seek to expand your global program.

    Fact #1—In the US, 80% of charitable donations come from individuals and 14% from corporations. This doesn’t hold true around the world, however. In China, the opposite is true: 80% of donations come from the corporate sector.
    Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

    Fact #2—Not all corporate donations and grants are altruistic in nature. Researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research estimate that more than 7% of donations made by corporate foundations have the purpose of buying “political leverage.”
    Source: National Bureau of Economic Research

    Fact #3—Eight out of 10 companies report having a foundation or a trust.
    Source: CECP Giving in Numbers

    Fact #4—Foundations are slightly increasing in popularity with companies, with 40% of companies reporting growing their foundation cash giving, 33% decreasing foundation cash giving, and 27% experiencing no change from 2014 to 2018.
    Source: CECP Giving in Numbers

    Fact #5—One-quarter of companies surveyed give 31% or more of their total giving to countries outside of where their headquarters is located.
    Source: CECP Giving in Numbers

    Fact #6—The median corporate grant size increased by 16% (after adjusting for inflation) from $36,130 in 2014 to $41,760 in 2018.
    Source: CECP Giving in Numbers

    Fact #7—There are approximately 2,500 US corporate foundations which give a total of $5.5 billion annually.
    Source: Foundation Center

    Fact #8—Approximately four in five companies have branded signature programs tied to their companies’ business objectives, which often represent a focus for corporate grantmaking.
    Source: ACCP

    Fact #9—GlobalGiving has awarded more than 10,000 corporate-funded grants to 4,600 nonprofits around the world since we were founded in 2002.

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