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Global funding for peace and security increased to $435.4M and is now more transparent

By Alexandra Toma
November 19, 2019

Global philanthropic support for efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflicts totaled $435.4 million in 2017, according to the latest findings from the Peace and Security Funding Index, a joint research project  by the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) and Candid. In addition, and importantly, PSFG and Candid also released the first-ever Foundation Maps for peace and security; this free, public product provides real-time, grants-level data for all peace and security funders, including the U.S. government. The two complementary resources offer a comprehensive, current, and clear view of the peace and security funding landscape.

According to the index, 330 foundations awarded 2,162 grants in support of peace and security efforts in 2017. The $107 million increase from 2016 to 2017 can be attributed in part to the fact that the Howard Buffet Foundation made around $38 million in grants for demining in Colombia, and other prominent peace and security funders increased their grantmaking. Funding for peace and security remains small relative to foundation funding overall, accounting for just 1.2 percent of the $33 billion given by foundations in Candid’s research set of 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations.

The index analyzes grants in 24 issue areas across three categories—preventing and mitigating conflict, resolving conflict and building peace, and supporting stable, resilient societies—and found that the largest share of grant dollars in 2017 was for work broadly focused on resolving conflict and building peace ($100.8 million), followed by support for stable, resilient societies ($70.9 million), followed by nuclear issues ($48.1 million) and weapons ($44.9 million).

The Howard G. Buffet Foundation topped the list of top peace and security funders, awarding six grants totaling $55.4 million, followed by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, (109 grants totaling $46.3 million), followed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (20 grants totaling $30.1 million), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (55 grants totaling $26.2 million), and the Ford Foundation (59 grants totaling $21 million).

At PSFG, we’re thrilled to partner with Candid to offer this new mapping tool. It’s a tool all stakeholders in the peace and security sector can use. For funders, the map will help inform your strategic planning, help you scope out prospective grantees, find peer funders, and identify gaps in funding areas. For grantees, the map will allows you to identify prospective funding sources, better understand the priorities and strategies of funders, and build effective coalitions with peers.

Tags: Peace and security; Candid