Photo Credit: Ploughshares Fund

From the ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and South Sudan to the horrors committed by ISIL, we live in a world that is seemingly rife with violence and instability. What we don’t see, read, or hear often enough is another truth: today’s world is also filled with incredible stories of resilience and trends of peace and security that arc toward a more peaceful and stable world.

The Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking is a first-of-its-kind research project that showcases the foundations and philanthropists dedicated to building a safer, more peaceful and prosperous global future. These funders are investing in efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflict and to rebuild after conflict. From research on stopping nuclear terrorism to citizen journalism in Egypt, peace and security funders are supporting peace, justice, diplomacy, and dialogue in a variety of ways. In 2013, 288 foundations supported over 1,200 organizations with more than $283 million spread across nearly 2,000 grants.

The Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) and Foundation Center created the Index to help funders, policymakers, and the general public better understand the peace and security funding landscape. The Index identifies who “peace and security” funders are, what issues they fund (e.g., cybersecurity, preventing genocide and atrocities, climate security), where they focus (i.e., specific regions or countries), and how they make an impact (e.g., through public education efforts, journalism, research).

We hope that our analysis will allow funders to identify new partners and areas of opportunity. The examples from PSFG members highlighted in this website will showcase opportunities where investments of various sizes have made a real, lasting, and positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world.

Finally, our hope is that this first annual Peace & Security Funding Index will serve as the primary source for funders, nonprofits, policymakers, and the general public to learn more about the peace and security sector, and how we can all help to build a better future.

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


The authors wish to thank the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for their generous support of this project. We would also like to thank the PSFG members who made up the advisory group: Henry Alt-Haaker (Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH), Carl Robichaud (Carnegie Corporation of New York), Ellen Friedman (Compton Foundation), Eli Sugarman (Hewlett Foundation), Michelle Breslauer (Institute for Economics and Peace), Angelic Young (Institute for Inclusive Security), Conor Seyle (One Earth Future), and Sadia Hameed (Wellspring Advisors, LLC).

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 web sites 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 is the data from 2012 and 2013—where is the most recent (2016) data?

Because much of the grants information is collected from IRS forms, there tends to be a several-year lag from the time a grant is made, to when the tax form has been made publicly available. Grants are then indexed by Foundation Center to create a comprehensive dataset.

How did you create the Issue categories?

Our advisory committee members – all of who are experts in their own right – helped compile the initial set of categories. Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) staff then referenced several existing indices on “conflict,” and analyzed the grants data itself to see what funders were actually supporting through their grantmaking – in terms of both the countries in the years we were looking at (2012, 2013) and the keywords the actual funders used in describing their grants. Finally, we consulted with both policymakers and practitioners in the field.

How do you define peace and security grantmaking?

Peace and security grantmaking includes all grants that aim to prevent, mitigate, and end conflict and (re)build stable, resilient peaceful societies. These grants are made within all stages of conflict (escalation, active, resolving, rebuilding, stability).

How can we improve this research?

If foundations submitted more detailed grant descriptions that include the grant’s purpose and goals, we would be better able to sort grants into different categories and capture a more nuanced picture of the funding landscape.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

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 2013 Peace and Security Index:

A B Charitable Trust

Abilis Foundation

Adelson Family Foundation

African Women's Development Fund

Akiba Uhaki Foundation

Alan B. Slifka Foundation, Inc.

Alcoa Foundation

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

American Express Foundation

American Jewish World Service

Amon G. Carter Foundation

Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation, Inc.

Annenberg Foundation

Anonymous 6

Anonymous 9

Aon Foundation

Appleton Foundation

Arab Human Rights Fund

Arcus Foundation

Arie and Ida Crown Memorial

Arizona Community Foundation

Arnhold Foundation, Inc.

Austin Community Foundation for the Capital Area, Inc.

Ben & Jerry's Foundation, Inc.

Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Blue Moon Fund, Inc.

Blum Family Foundation

Boston Foundation, Inc.

Brazil Human Rights Fund

Bush Foundation

CS Fund

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Catalyst for Peace

Channel Foundation

Charles H. Revson Foundation, Inc.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Chartwell Charitable Foundation

Colonel (IL) James N. Pritzker Charitable Distribution Fund

Comic Relief UK

Community Foundation Sonoma County

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

Community Foundation of New Jersey

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Compton Foundation, Inc.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


Dalio Foundation, Inc.

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

Dietel Partners

Disability Rights Fund

Dorot Foundation

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Dreilinden, GmbH

EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation

Ecumenical Women's Initiative

El-Hibri Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders

F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc.

Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Inc.

Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca

Fondo de Accion Urgente de America Latina

Ford Foundation

Ford Motor Company Fund

Foundation For The Carolinas

Foundation for Global Peace Building

Foundation for a Just Society

Freeport-McMoRan Foundation

Fund 1818

Fund For Global Human Rights, Inc.

Fundación AVINA

Fundo Socioambiental CASA

GE Foundation

Gates Family Foundation

Global Dialogue

Global Fund for Children

Global Greengrants Fund

Goldman Environmental Foundation

Grassroots International, Inc.

Greater Houston Community Foundation

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Harold Simmons Foundation

Harry J. Lloyd Charitable Trust

Hawaii Community Foundation

Hertog Foundation, Inc.

Hess Foundation, Inc.


Howard G. Buffett Foundation

Humanity United

Indigo Trust

Intel Foundation

John Templeton Foundation

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Foundation

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Josiah Macy Jr. 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

Koret Foundation

Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc.

Levi Strauss Foundation

Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund


Mama Cash

Marguerite Casey Foundation

Marin Community Foundation

Mary's Pence

Mensen met een Missie

Mertz Gilmore Foundation

Minnesota Community Foundation

Monsanto Fund

Moriah Fund

NEO Philanthropy

NIKE Foundation

Narnia Fund

National Endowment for Democracy

Nationale Postcode Loterij

Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust

Network For Social Change

New Field Foundation

New Israel Fund

Newman's Own Foundation

NoVo Foundation

Norwegian Human Rights Fund

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

Omidyar Network Fund, Inc.

Open Society Foundations

Orange County Community Foundation

Park Foundation, Inc.

Patrick G. & Shirley W. Ryan Foundation

Peace Direct

Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Peter R. & Cynthia K. Kellogg Foundation

Ploughshares Fund

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Rivendell Foundation

Robert Bosch Stiftung, GmbH

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc.

Robert and Teresa Lindsay Family Foundation

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

Santa Barbara Foundation

Sarah Scaife Foundation, Inc.

Segal Family Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Stephen Bechtel Fund

Stewart R. Mott Foundation

Susan & Leonard Feinstein Foundation

Ted Arison Family Foundation USA, Inc.


The AVI CHAI Foundation

The Abell Foundation, Inc.

The Abramson Family Foundation

The Ahmanson Foundation

The Alice M. & Thomas J. Tisch Foundation, Inc.

The Allen Lane Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Anschutz Foundation

The Arca Foundation

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Inc.

The Atlantic Philanthropies

The Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc.

The Bromley Trust

The Bullitt Foundation

The Charina Endowment Fund, Inc.

The Charitable Foundation

The Charles Evans Foundation

The Chicago Community Trust

The Christensen Fund

The Cleveland Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc.

The Columbus Foundation and Affiliated Organizations

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Davis Family Foundation, Inc.

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation

The East Bay Community Foundation

The Educational Foundation of America

The Endeavor Foundation

The Fund for New Jersey

The Global Fund for Women

The Goatie Foundation

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.

The Heinz Endowments

The Heising-Simons Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

The International Development Research Centre

The J. M. Kaplan Fund, Inc.

The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Inc.

The Jacobson Family Trust Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation

The Jane and Daniel Och Family Foundation

The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John Merck Fund

The John R. Oishei Foundation

The Libra Foundation

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc.

The M-K LINK Foundation

The MATCH International Women's Fund

The MCJ Amelior Foundation

The Marcus Foundation, Inc.

The Marisla Foundation

The McKnight Foundation

The Mediterranean Women's Fund

The Merck Company Foundation

The Minneapolis Foundation

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, Inc.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

The Nduna Foundation

The New York Community Trust

The Northern Rock Foundation

The Oak Foundation

The Overbrook Foundation

The Pershing Square Foundation

The Philadelphia Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

The Russell Berrie Foundation

The Russell Family Foundation

The Saint Paul Foundation

The San Diego Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation

The Seattle Foundation

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Inc.

The Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Skoll Foundation

The Spencer Foundation

The Stanton Foundation

The Starr Foundation

The Stewardship Foundation

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

The Tinker Foundation Inc.

The Tinsley Foundation

The USAA Foundation, Inc.

The William H. Donner Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Wunderkinder Foundation

Tides Foundation

Tisch Foundation, Inc.

Tosa Foundation

Town Creek Foundation, Inc.

Trag Fondacija


Turner Foundation, Inc.

U.S. Institute of Peace

UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality

Ukrainian Women's Fund

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Inc.

Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

Urgent Action Fund - Africa

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

Verizon Foundation

Vital Projects Fund, Inc.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

WEM Foundation

Wallace Genetic Foundation, Inc.

Walter and Elise Haas Fund

Waterford Foundation

Weingart Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

Wilf Family Foundation

William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation

William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Women Win

Young Feminist Fund

van Loben Sels/RembeRock Foundation