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Philanthropic funding for gender equality amounted to USD 3.7 billion, over 2013-15 representing 16% of all philanthropic flows.
Yet, only a small proportion of these funds address women’s specific needs, such as preventing violence against women.

Read the 2019 Gender Policy note

Philanthropic giving represented the sixth largest source of funding for education towards developing countries. Foundations pursue four broad strategies to move the needle in favour of quality education.


Read the 2019 Education Policy note

Foundations ranked third in the leading sources of funding for health and reproductive health in developing countries. Innovative finance and digital health are two novel approaches explored by foundations on the ground.

Read the 2019 Health Policy note

Ground-breaking data and analysis that capture previously non-existent global and comparable data on how foundations support development.

Read the report: Private Philanthropy for Development report

Domestic philanthropic giving in India has matched international funding in recent years, with close to USD 1.8 billion between 2013 and 2017. Education, health and rural development attracted the largest funding. Some other areas, like gender equality, receive very limited funding.

Read the report: India's Private Giving: Unpacking Domestic Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility

"While the SDGs provide a global framework for development, they are not a blueprint. This is where philanthropy — with its comparative strengths in flexibility and innovation — can best contribute to the 2030 Agenda".

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