Ploughshares Fund

In the year since we launched the first Peace and Security Funding Index, elections around the world brought authoritarian populist leaders and governments to power, the United States and Europe saw an increase in hate crimes, and violent conflict continued to affect civilians across the globe. Within this dynamic global context, we see both new threats to peace and security emerging and long-term challenges persisting, like the protracted conflicts in Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Yet, people all over the globe continue to work to move towards a more peaceful world. In Colombia, a long-negotiated peace accord was signed with the potential to bring decades of conflict to an end. Around the world, even in countries with contentious elections, we saw the smooth and nonviolent transition of power that is the hallmark of functioning democracies. The hard work of peace goes on, and while it may take years to see progress, what we do know is that peace and security funders continue to support it. In 2014, the latest year complete data is available, 290 foundations supported over 1,800 organizations with $357 million.

The hundreds of millions of dollars granted every year in this sector are helping to prevent and mitigate conflict and build stable, resilient societies across the globe. Both in the report and on peaceandsecurityindex.org, we once again showcase stories of the incredible work peace and security funders support across a wide range of strategies, issues, and contexts. These stories, as well as the sample grants found throughout the Index, help bring the data to life. They also illustrate the long-term, evolutionary nature of peace and security work: though all of the stories found in the Index directly correspond to grants made in 2014, the work those grants supported remains relevant in 2017 and beyond. With the 2,773 grants they made in 2014, funders built coalitions, trained journalists, empowered grantees to tackle a variety of peace and security issues, and laid the groundwork for more recent funding and progress.

The 2017 Index tracks funding across 23 diverse issue areas, many of which overlap with other sectors, like climate, democracy-building, gender equality, and migration. The existence of peaceful, stable societies is critical to the success of other areas of work: children cannot be educated, health care clinics cannot provide services, and economic development projects will fail if people are experiencing violent conflict in their communities. In other words, peace and security funders are the “ground zero” of the philanthropic community: their work provides a foundation upon which other interventions can blossom and grow.

It is this interconnectedness with other issues that makes peace and security grantmaking ever more important. We hope that foundations, policymakers, and civil society organizations will use the 2017 Index to advocate for increased attention to this fundamental work so we can continue to move towards a more peaceful, secure world for everyone.

Alexandra I. Toma and Rachel LaForgia
Peace and Security Funders Group


The authors would like to thank the PSFG members who made up the Index advisory committee: Theo Kalionzes (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation), Lora Lumpe (Open Society Policy Center), Hope Lyons (Rockefeller Brothers Fund), Dini Merz (Colombe Foundation), and Noelle Pourrat (Carnegie Corporation of New York). We also thank Jen Bokoff, Foundation Center, for her insights and strategic direction on this project.

About the Peace and Security Funders Group

The Peace and Security Funders Group is a network of public, private, and family foundations, and individual philanthropists who make grants or expenditures that contribute to peace and global security. We maintain an informed, engaged and collegial community of funders, whose numbers and investments in the field are steadily increasing. We are dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy that’s focused on peace and security issues. To this end, we facilitate the exchange of information and ideas; foster collaboration; and provide educational opportunities for our members. We also encourage new funders to join the field. Learn more at www.peaceandsecurity.org.

About 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 library/learning centers and at more than 450 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world. Learn more at www.foundationcenter.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the information/data from?

Foundation Center, the leading source of philanthropy worldwide, compiles grants data from IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF, foundation websites and other public sources, as well as through direct reporting by grantmakers. The data included on the site and in the report is based on grantmaking by a set of the largest U.S. foundations, whose grants data is publicly available. It also includes foundations based in the U.S. and other countries that have provided grants data directly to Foundation Center.

Why does the data stop at 2015—where is the data from 2016 and 2017?

Because much of the grants information is collected from IRS forms or relies on direct reporting by foundations, there tends to be a several-year lag from the time a grant is made to when the data is made available to Foundation Center. Grants are then loaded to Foundation Center databases, cleaned, and indexed before researchers can develop the comprehensive dataset of peace and security funding.

How do you define peace and security grantmaking?

Peace and security grantmaking includes all grants that aim to prevent and resolve conflict and to support stable, resilient societies. For the purposes of this project, PSFG’s definition of conflict includes recurrent violence involving multiple perpetrators and victims that takes place in locations where there is a partial or complete breakdown in the state’s monopoly on violence or perpetrated by the state itself against a civil population.

How has the project taxonomy changed since the Index was originally launched in April 2016?

For the 2017 Index, we refined our taxonomy and coding strategies in order to present a more precise picture of the peace and security funding landscape. Based on feedback we received from foundations, policymakers, and grantees, the website now displays data by 23 specific issue areas, rather than the five main issue categories that were used to organize the data on the site at the time of the initial launch. You can now see the regional breakdown, top funders, and strategies for each of these 23 issues. Website data from 2012 and 2013 have been mapped against this new taxonomy, though the associated key findings report based on 2013 data has not been updated and reflects the original taxonomy.

Why is the data from 2015 so much lower than that from previous years?

Grants data from 2015 are still in the process of being indexed. Complete data will be added to the site once it’s ready later in 2017.

How can I help to improve this research?

Foundations can help to increase the timeliness and accuracy of the Peace and Security Index by submitting recent grants data with detailed descriptions identifying each grant’s purpose and goals. Our ability to provide a nuanced and up-to-date picture of the funding landscape depends on your support.

Who can I contact if I have questions, feedback, or want to learn more about submitting data?

Please contact Rachel LaForgia rlaforgia [at] peaceandsecurity [dot] org or Anna Koob aak [at] foundationcenter [dot] org.

What foundations are included in this mapping?

Funders included in the 2014 Peace and Security Index:

A B Charitable Trust

A. V. Hunter Trust, Inc.

Abilis Foundation

Adelson Family Foundation

African Women's Development Fund

Akiba Uhaki Foundation

Alcoa Foundation

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.

Amadeu Antonio Stiftung

American Jewish World Service

Amon G. Carter Foundation

Annenberg Foundation

Appleton Foundation

Arab Human Rights Fund

Arcus Foundation

Arie and Ida Crown Memorial

Arizona Community Foundation

August 11 2003 Trust

Austin Community Foundation for the Capital Area, Inc.

Avatud Eesti Fond

Avina Americas, Inc.

Bader Philanthropies

Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation

Blue Moon Fund, Inc.

Blum Family Foundation

Boston Foundation, Inc.


Brazil Foundation

Bridgeway Foundation

Bush Foundation

CS Fund

Caerus Foundation, Inc.

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Catalyst for Peace

Central Indiana Community Foundation, Inc.

Channel Foundation

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Cherna Moskowitz Foundation

Chino Cienega Foundation

Circle of Service Foundation

Colombe Foundation

Comic Relief

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Community Foundation of Collier County

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

Compton Foundation, Inc.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


CrossCurrents Foundation, Inc.

Diana Davis Spencer Foundation

Dietel Partners

Disability Rights Fund

Dorot Foundation

E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

EEA and Norway Grants

Earhart Foundation

Ecumenical Women's Initiative

El Pomar Foundation

El-Hibri Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation

Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders


FRIDA: Young Feminist Fund

Filia die Frauenstiftung

First Peoples Worldwide

Fondo de Mujeres Bolivia Apthapi Jopueti

Ford Foundation

Foundation For The Carolinas

Foundation Open Society Institute - Switzerland

Foundation for Global Peace Building

Foundation for Human Rights

Foundation for Middle East Peace

Foundation for a Just Society

Foundation to Promote Open Society

Freedom For All

Fund For Global Human Rights, Inc.

Fundación AVINA

GHR Foundation

GPD Charitable Trust

Gates Family Foundation

Global Dialogue

Global Fund for Children

Global Greengrants Fund

Google Foundation

Grassroots International, Inc.

Greater Houston Community Foundation

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Hawaii Community Foundation

Haëlla Foundation

Hess Foundation, Inc.

High Meadows Foundation


Howard G. Buffett Foundation

Humanity United

Hunt Alternatives Fund

International Development Exchange

International Indigenous Women's Forum/Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indigenas

Jaquelin Hume Foundation

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

John Templeton Foundation

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Jubitz Family Foundation

KIOS-The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights

Kalliopeia Foundation

Karibu Foundation

King Baudouin Foundation

King Baudouin Foundation United States, Inc.

Klarman Family Foundation

Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc.

Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund

M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust


MARPAT Foundation, Inc.

Mama Cash

Marin Community Foundation

Mensen met een Missie

Mertz Gilmore Foundation

Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation

Mize Family Foundation

Moriah Fund

NEO Philanthropy

Nash Family Foundation

National Endowment for Democracy

Nationale Postcode Loterij

Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust

New Field Foundation

New Israel Fund

Newman's Own Foundation

Nexus Fund

NoVo Foundation

Norwegian Human Rights Fund

O. P. and W. E. Edwards Foundation, Inc.

One Earth Future Foundation, Inc.

Open Society Fund Prague

Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation

Orange County Community Foundation

PRBB Foundation

Pangea: Giving for Global Change

Park Foundation, Inc.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Peace Direct

Perelman Family Foundation

Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Ploughshares Fund

Proteus Fund, Inc.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Robbins Family Foundation

Robert & Ardis James Foundation

Robert Bosch Stiftung, GmbH

Robina Foundation

Rochester Area Community Foundation

Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.

Rose Community Foundation

Roy A. Hunt Foundation

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Sabanci Foundation

Saint Luke's Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio

Samuel Rubin Foundation, Inc.

Santa Barbara Foundation

Sarah Scaife Foundation, Inc.

Say Yes To Education Foundation

Secure World Foundation

Segal Family Foundation

Sequoia Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Skoll Global Threats Fund

Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc.

Source of Hope Foundation

Steiner-King Foundation

Stewart R. Mott Foundation

Susan & Leonard Feinstein Foundation

Swig Foundation

Synchronicity Earth

TASO Foundation

TD Charitable Foundation

The Achelis and Bodman Foundation

The Ahmanson Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Arca Foundation

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

The Atlantic Philanthropies

The Bodman Foundation

The Bromley Trust

The Bullitt Foundation

The California Endowment

The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation

The CarEth Foundation Inc.

The Charitable Foundation

The Chicago Community Trust

The Cleveland Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc.

The Columbus Foundation and Affiliated Organizations

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

The East Bay Community Foundation

The Educational Foundation of America

The Freedom Fund - London

The Fund for New Jersey

The Global Fund for Women

The Goatie Foundation

The Grainger Foundation Inc.

The Hand Foundation

The Heinz Endowments

The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation

The Holland Foundation

The International Development Research Centre

The J. M. Kaplan Fund, Inc.

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation

The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Inc.

The Jacobson Family Trust Foundation

The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc.

The Jay and Jean Schottenstein Foundation

The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Judy and Michael Steinhardt Foundation

The Leichtag Foundation

The Libra Foundation

The Louis Calder Foundation

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc.

The MATCH International Women's Fund

The Maine Community Foundation, Inc.

The Marcus Foundation, Inc.

The Marisla Foundation

The Mediterranean Women's Fund

The Millstreet Foundation, Inc.

The Minneapolis Foundation

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

The Nduna Foundation

The Oak Foundation

The Overbrook Foundation

The Pershing Square Foundation

The Philadelphia Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Price Family Foundation, Inc.

The Prospect Hill Foundation, Inc.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Saban Family Foundation

The Sage Foundation, Inc.

The Saint Paul Foundation

The San Diego Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation

The Seattle Foundation

The Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Skillman Foundation

The Skoll Foundation

The Smart Family Foundation, Inc.

The Stanley Foundation

The Starr Foundation

The Stewardship Foundation

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

The Swift Foundation

The Thomas Phillips and Jane Moore Johnson Foundation

The Tinker Foundation Inc.

The Trull Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The World Justice Project

The Wunderkinder Foundation

Tides Foundation

Tisch Foundation, Inc.

Town Creek Foundation, Inc.

Trag Fondacija


Turner Foundation, Inc.

U.S. Institute of Peace

Ukrainian Women's Fund

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Inc.

Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

United Nations Foundation

Urgent Action Fund - Africa

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

Vital Projects Fund, Inc.

Wallace Genetic Foundation, Inc.

Walter and Elise Haas Fund

Western Union Foundation

Wilf Family Foundation

Starting in 2014, the Open Society Foundations’ grants data is reported by and attributed to the individual legal entities that constitute the Foundations. Prior to 2014, grantmaking from these funders are collectively attributed to ‘Open Society Foundations’.