According to The Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking (12 pages, PDF), two hundred and eighty-eight foundations awarded nearly two thousand grants in support of more than twelve hundred organizations working for peace, justice, diplomacy, and national and global security, from conducting research on the prevention of nuclear terrorism to supporting citizen journalism in Egypt. The study found that while the top fifteen peace and security funders — the Open Society Foundations; Carnegie Corporation of New York; National Endowment for Democracy; Ford, Howard G. Buffet, and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundations; the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust; the Oak Foundation (Switzerland); Nationale Postcode Loterij (Netherlands); Humanity United; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; the International Development Research Centre (Canada); the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation; the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and the Marcus Foundation — provided two-thirds (67 percent) of the $283 million awarded in 2013, 70 percent of the funders included in the study awarded less than $250,000 each, and 37 percent gave less than $50,000.
The report also found that a significant portion of the funding supported policy work and research as leading strategies, with funders directing 15 percent of their peace and security grant dollars in 2013 to policy and advocacy strategies, and 20 percent for research. The Funding Index highlights several successful grant strategies, including a partnership of the Carnegie Corporation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Ploughshares Fund to provide support for advocacy projects, scientific research, and Track II diplomacy that was instrumental in making the Iran nuclear agreement possible.
"PSFG undertook this project to better understand who is active in peace and security funding and how that funding is being utilized," said PSFG executive director Alexandra I. Toma. "What we found is truly encouraging: While making up less than 1 percent of global philanthropic giving, peace and security funders are punching well above their weight. This is important as more funders join us because they can make impactful grants at nearly any level."