Ploughshares Fund

Each year, we collect data from thousands of grants awarded by hundreds of peace and security funders. We do this for two primary reasons: to illuminate the field of peace and security grantmaking, and to provide a nuanced understanding of the issues and strategies peace and security funders support. In 2017—the latest year complete data is available—330 foundations awarded 2,162 grants, totaling $435.4 million in support of a more peaceful world.

We seek to continuously improve the quality and, thus, the utility of the data in the Peace and Security Funding Index. We believe that more detailed and timely data opens the door for greater transparency in the field and, by extension, facilitates more responsive, effective grantmaking.

We use grants data to tell the story of who gets funded and where the money is going. Unfortunately, the story we are able to tell is constrained by the timeliness of the data. We are limited to telling a story that is already three years old due to the delay in foundations submitting their data. This year, we are calling on foundations to submit their list of 2018 grants by the end of June 2019.

Beyond allowing for a more current analysis of the funding landscape, timely data allows foundations to easily identify potential allies and partners, and review their grantmaking and partnerships within the context of a changing field, not just as individual grantmakers. How much more impactful could this field be if we had a more expansive, detailed, and real-time view of who and what is funded?

Timely data also gives grantseekers greater insight into where foundations’ current priorities lie. This helps grantees more easily identify foundations with similar interests, allowing them to narrow their target list and, therefore, spend less time fundraising and more time doing the important work that foundations support them to do. Greater transparency of the funding landscape can pave the way for more open, honest, and equitable relationships between funders and their grantees.

Beyond contributing to a more transparent field, we seek more detailed and timely data so that we can move the conversation forward—to get beyond simply who and what is funded, and start looking at what it all means. For example, what issues and regions are underfunded and why?

Peace and security funders are often the gatekeepers to determining which issues and communities are prioritized. With this power comes great responsibility to engage in the work in a way that centers the needs and priorities of grantees, partners, and the communities they serve. More detailed and timely data would enable us to uncover inequities in peace and security grantmaking—who is getting funded, who isn’t, and why—so that we might be able to begin to rectify them.

The Index currently maps the field of peace and security funding; but with more detailed and timely data, it has the potential to transform this field. We encourage foundations to submit the previous years’ grants data by June 30 of each year through Candid’s (formerly Foundation Center and Guidestar) eReporting program.

We look forward to working with the peace and security funding community to increase the timeliness of data submissions and contribute to more responsive, effective, and equitable grantmaking.

Rachel LaForgia and Genevieve Boutilier, 
Peace and Security Funders Group


The authors would like to thank the PSFG members who submitted their data and contributed spotlights on their grantmaking. We also thank Lauren Bradford and Inga Ingulfsen of Candid (formerly Foundation Center and GuideStar) and Alexandra Toma of PSFG for their support on this project.

About the Peace and Security Funders Group

The Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) is a network of peace and security funders committed to promoting international peace and security. PSFG is dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy that’s focused on peace and security issues. To this end, PSFG facilitates the exchange of information and ideas; fosters collaboration; and provides educational opportunities for its members. PSFG also encourages new funders to join the field. In addition, PSFG seeks to catalyze a shift in its membership to embrace a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable approach to peace and security funding; and to build a case for why diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to increased effectiveness of peace and security grantmaking. Learn more at www.peaceandsecurity.org.

About Candid

Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces in 2019 to become Candid, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Candid’s data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world. Find out more at www.candid.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the information/data from?

Candid, 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 Candid.

Why does the data stop at 2017—where is the data from 2018 and 2019?

Because much of the grants information is collected from IRS forms or relies on direct reporting by foundations, there tends to be a several-years lag from the time a grant is made to when the data is made available to Candid. Grants are then loaded to Candid 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 24 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 24 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. In 2018, we added an additional issue category for cybersecurity.

Why is the data from 2017 so much lower than that from previous years?

Grants data from 2017 are still in the process of being indexed. Complete data will be added to the site once it’s ready later in 2019.

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 via Candid's eReporting program. 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 anna.koob [at] candid [dot] org.

What foundations are included in this mapping?

Funders included in the 2016 Peace and Security Index:

A B Charitable Trust


Abilis Foundation


Adelson Family Foundation

African Women's Development Fund

Alan B. Slifka Foundation, Inc.

Alcoa Foundation

Alex and Marie Manoogian Foundation

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds

Annenberg Foundation

Aon Foundation

Appleton Foundation

Arizona Community Foundation

August 11 2003 Trust

Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies

Bernard and Sandra Otterman Foundation

Big Lottery Fund

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Boeing Company Charitable Trust

Boston Foundation, Inc.


Brazil Human Rights Fund

Bridgeway Foundation

Bright Horizon Foundation

Bush Foundation

CS Fund

Caerus Foundation, Inc.

California Community Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation

Catalyst for Peace

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Inc.

Central Indiana Community Foundation, Inc.

Central Valley Community Foundation

Channel Foundation

Charles K. Blandin Foundation

Charles Koch Foundation

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Cherna Moskowitz Foundation

Chino Cienega Foundation

Claneil Foundation, Inc.

Colombe Foundation

Comic Relief UK

Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

Community Foundation of North Texas

Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County

Compton Foundation, Inc.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

CrossCurrents Foundation, Inc.

Dan Murphy Foundation

Disability Rights Fund

Dobkin Family Foundation

Dorot Foundation

Dr. Scholl Foundation

EGL Charitable Foundation

EMpower - The Emerging Markets Foundation

Ecumenical Women's Initiative

Eden Hall Foundation

El-Hibri Foundation

Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation

Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders

F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc.

F. R. Bigelow Foundation

Filia die Frauenstiftung

Flora Family Foundation

Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres

Fondo Lunaria Mujer

Fondo de Accion Urgente de America Latina

Fonds pour les Femmes Congolaises

Ford Foundation

Foundation For The Carolinas

Foundation for Global Peace Building

Foundation for Middle East Peace

Foundation for a Just Society

Foundation to Promote Open Society

Friedman Family Foundation

Fund 1818

Fund For Global Human Rights, Inc.

Fund for Nonviolence

Fundación AVINA

GE Foundation

GHR Foundation

GPD Charitable Trust

Gates Family Foundation

Girls Rights Project

Global Fund for Children

Global Fund for Community Foundations

Global Greengrants Fund

Grassroots International, Inc.

Greater Houston Community Foundation

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

H C S Foundation

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

Hawaii Community Foundation

Haëlla Foundation

Hess Foundation, Inc.

Hickey Family Foundation

High Meadows Foundation

Hillman Family Foundations


Horizons Foundation

Howard G. Buffett Foundation

Human Dignity Foundation

Humanity United

Instituto Betty e Jacob Lafer

Jaquelin Hume Foundation

John Deere Foundation

John Templeton Foundation

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Jubitz Family Foundation

KIOS-The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights

Kansas Health Foundation

King Baudouin Foundation

King Baudouin Foundation United States, Inc.

Klarman Family Foundation

Koch Foundation, Inc.

Koret Foundation

Lannan Foundation

Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc.

Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund


MARPAT Foundation, Inc.

Magnum Foundation

Mama Cash

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

Marguerite Casey Foundation

Marin Community Foundation

Mary's Pence

Meyer Memorial Trust

Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation

Mize Family Foundation

Moriah Fund

Ms. Foundation for Women

NEO Philanthropy

Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation

National Endowment for Democracy

Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust

Network For Social Change

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

New Israel Fund

Nexus Fund

NoVo Foundation

Norwegian Human Rights Fund

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

Omidyar Network Fund, Inc.

One Earth Future Foundation, Inc.

Open Society Institute

Outrider Foundation, Inc.

PRBB Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Peace Direct

Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Ploughshares Fund

Proteus Fund, Inc.

Public Welfare Foundation, Inc.

Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, Inc.

Reconstruction Women's Fund

Robbins Family Foundation

Robert & Ardis James Foundation

Robert Bosch Stiftung, GmbH

Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Sabanci Foundation

Sacred Fire Foundation

Samuel Rubin Foundation, Inc.

San Antonio Area Foundation

Santa Barbara Foundation

Seattle International Foundation

Secure World Foundation


Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Skoll Global Threats Fund

Soros Fund Charitable Foundation

Spectemur Agendo, Inc.

Steiner-King Foundation

Stephen Lewis Foundation

Susan & Leonard Feinstein Foundation

Swig Foundation

Tamalpais Trust

The Abramson Family Foundation

The Ahmanson Foundation

The Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Anschutz Foundation

The Arca Foundation

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Inc.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The Barrow Cadbury Trust

The Bullitt Foundation

The Charina Endowment Fund, Inc.

The Charitable Foundation

The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for Human Progress

The Chatlos Foundation, Inc.

The Chicago Community Trust

The Christensen Fund

The Cleveland Foundation

The Clowes Fund, Inc.

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 Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.

The Conduit Foundation

The David & Elaine Potter Foundation

The David Tepper Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Dayton Foundation

The East Bay Community Foundation

The Fund for New Jersey

The Global Fund for Women

The Grainger Foundation Inc.

The Greenbaum Foundation

The HOW Fund

The Hand Foundation

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.

The Heinz Endowments

The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation

The Holland Foundation

The Hyde and Watson Foundation

The International Development Research Centre

The JPB Foundation

The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Inc.

The Jacobson Family Trust Foundation

The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc.

The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation

The Leichtag Foundation

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Libra Foundation

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc.

The Maine Community Foundation, Inc.

The Marc Haas Foundation, Inc.

The Marisla Foundation

The McKnight Foundation

The Mediterranean Women's Fund

The Millstreet Foundation, Inc.

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 Neubauer Family Foundation

The Oak Foundation

The Open Technology Fund

The Overbrook Foundation

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

The Pershing Square Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation

The Pollination Project Foundation

The Prospect Hill Foundation, Inc.

The Robert A. Welch Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

The Russell Berrie 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 Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc.

The Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Skoll Foundation

The Stanley Foundation

The Stanton Foundation

The Starr Foundation

The Stewardship Foundation

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

The Tikvah Fund

The Tudor Trust

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women

The Wal-Mart Foundation, Inc.

The Wege Foundation

The William C. Bullitt Foundation, Inc.

The William H. Donner Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Winston Foundation, Inc.

The Woodward Charitable Trust

The Wunderkinder Foundation

The Wyss Foundation

Tisch Foundation, Inc.

Town Creek Foundation, Inc.

Trag Fondacija


Turner Foundation, Inc.

U.S. Institute of Peace

Ukrainian Women's Fund

Unbound Philanthropy

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Inc.

Urgent Action Fund - Africa

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

ViiV Healthcare

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

WING International

Wallace Genetic Foundation, Inc.

Wallace Global Fund II

Walter and Elise Haas Fund

Walton Family Foundation

William Davidson Foundation

William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.

William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation

William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Women Fund Tanzania

Women Win

Young Feminist Fund

Zell 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’.