According to the 2019 edition of the Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking (12 pages, PDF), three hundred and twenty-six foundations awarded more than twenty-six hundred grants in support of peace and security efforts in 2016. The report notes that while the total is $23 million lower than the amount awarded in 2015, the decline can be attributed in part to the fact that Nationale Postcode Loterij and Cordaid, two of the largest grantmakers that shared their 2015 data, did not share data for 2016. Funding for peace and security remains insiginificant relative to foundation funding overall, accounting for just 0.7 percent of the $32 billion given by foundations in Candid's 2016 FC 1000 data set.
The study analyzed grants in twenty-four issue areas across three categories — preventing and mitigating conflict, resolving conflict and building peace, and supporting stable, resilient societies — and found that the largest share of grant dollars in 2016 took the form of general support for stable, resilient societies ($78.8 million), followed by nuclear issues ($36.4 million) and gender equality ($28.2 million). Among the strategies that garnered the most support, policy, advocacy, and systems reform received 38 percent of grant dollars, while public education and research and evaluation received 18 percent and 16 percent, respectively. According to the report, about 70 percent of the peace and security grantmaking in 2016 includes a population focus, while funding for children/youth and women/girls each accounted for 14 percent of grant dollars and funding for migrants and refugees accounted for 8 percent, up from 5 percent in 2015.
The report also found that while the top ten funders in the study provided 61 percent of total funding for peace and security initiatives, 38 percent of funders awarded only a single grant. In addition, while 14 percent of the foundations in the study awarded a total of $1 million or more in 2016, 33 percent awarded $49,999 or less, with a median grant amount of $40,000. As in 2015, the Carnegie Corporation of New York topped the list, awarding a hundred and one grants totaling $48.5 million, followed by the National Endowment for Democracy ($38.2 million), the Foundation to Promote Open Society (Open Society Foundations, $26.2 million), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ($24.2 million), and the Skoll Foundation ($17.4 million).
"Tackling peace and security issues is one of the most challenging areas of philanthropic work," said Larry McGill, vice president for knowledge services at Candid. "The consequences of acting either unilaterally or on the basis of insufficient information could be disastrous. By collaborating and sharing detailed information on how they work in this space, members of the Peace and Security Funders Group are significantly enhancing the potential impact of their efforts."