The State of Social Justice Philanthropy 

Date added: 
September 3, 2013
Publication date: 
May, 2013

In 2011, 1,121 of the largest American foundations reported more than $2.9 billion in social justice philanthropy. Still, less than one in eight grant dollars (12 percent) went towards supporting social justice efforts in 2011.

A previous NCRP analysis of average giving from 2008 to 2010 found that social justice grantmaking comprised 15 percent of grant dollars.1 This year’s sample includes significantly more funders and nearly double the share of foundations that do not report any social justice grantmaking (Figure 4). Among those that do report social justice grants, the median commitment increased from 4 percent in 2008-2010 to 7 percent in 2011.

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