About

This dashboard provides an at-a-glance overview of institutional philanthropic information for the State of California and its composite regions.

Acknowledgments

Foundation Center thanks The James Irvine Foundation for its generous support of this project. This effort is part of a campaign to “Get on the Map,” which is a national partnership between Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers, Foundation Center, and United Philanthropy Forum to improve available public data about California philanthropy.

Data

Tab 1: Foundation Overview

Foundation-level data found in the “Foundations Overview” section includes all non-terminated independent, corporate, community, and operating foundations. Sources of data for these foundations include IRS information returns (Form 990-PF for private organizations, Form-990 for community foundations), and foundation reports. Assets are stated at market value. Total giving amount includes grants, scholarships, and employee matching gifts; it does not include all qualifying distributions, e.g., loans, PRIs, set-asides, and program or other administrative expenses.

Tab 2: Foundation Giving Priorities

Grants-level data found in the “Foundation Giving Priorities” section comes from Foundation Center’s Foundation Maps database of all publishable grants, foundation administered programs, program-related investments, and grants to individuals. These data points update weekly based on available information; totals for the most recent years will likely change as new grants are added to the database. Sources of grants data include IRS information returns (like IRS Form-990 and Form 990-PF) and information reported directly to Foundation Center through the Electronic Reporting Program from private and public grantmaking foundations in California. These grants are indexed according to the Philanthropy Classification System (PCS) which structures the data available in the grant details along the issue, population, and strategy focuses of the grant.

Available grants data percentage represents the completeness of the data available for a given year relative to the known amount of total giving for the year.  Comparisons to earlier data points should only be done after at least 50% of the total giving is represented by the aggregate grants data.

Lags in information flows between the IRS and Foundation Center can delay information up to 18-24 months after a foundation submits their tax return.  Foundation Center is committed to sharing data as soon as it is available.  In order to improve the completeness of the data available for your region, please consider submitting your grants directly through the Electronic Reporting Program.  Email egrants@foundationcenter.org for more information.

Tabs 3 & 4: Giving to California

Grants-level data found in the “Non-California Foundations Giving to California” and “Overall Giving to California” sections comes from Foundation Center’s Foundation Maps database of all publishable grants, foundation administered programs, program-related investments, and grants to individuals awarded to recipients located in California to provide an overview of funding flowing into the state. These data points update weekly based on available information; totals for the most recent years will likely change as new grants are added to the database. Sources of grants data include IRS information returns (like IRS Form-990 and Form 990-PF) and information reported directly to Foundation Center through the Electronic Reporting Program from private and public grantmaking foundations.

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For more detailed information about California philanthropy, visit one of our Funding Information Network Locations to access our robust information tools for free or directly subscribe to Foundation Maps. With millions of grants from 2006 to the present, innovative ways to visualize funding data, and the flexibility and precision to tailor research, Foundation Maps helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and strengthen their impact.

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Reports

All reports are sourced from IssueLab. First started in 2006 as a searchable, browseable website set up to collect and share the social sector’s knowledge, IssueLab became a service of Foundation Center in 2012. Since then, IssueLab’s mission has grown beyond the “simple” collection and distribution of knowledge products, to include the support of social sector organizations in adopting the practical and necessary steps to openly publishing what they fund and produce.

Foundation Center

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center’s website each day and are served in its five regional hubs and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org, call (212) 620-4230, or tweet us at @fdncenter.