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.