U.S. Foundation Funding for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure

Oct 8, 2018

There is a complex ecosystem of organizations working to enable, strengthen, and evolve the work of philanthropy, nonprofits, and civil society around the world. These support organizations, also known as "infrastructure organizations," provide essential services such as: strategic planning; evaluation, assessment and feedback; board and staff development; data and research; legal services; business modeling; and support for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.


With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Foundation Center developed a framework to map the composition of and support for this ecosystem of infrastructure organizations so that we can better align and improve efforts to build a better future. This study spans twelve years and analyzes 21,148 infrastructure-related grants made by 881 funders to 511 organizations over that period.

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