Global philanthropic support for efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflicts totaled an estimated $435.4 million in 2017, up significantly from the $328.2 million awarded in 2016, a study by the Peace and Security Funders Group and Candid finds.
The latest edition of the Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking (summary, 2 pages, PDF) tracked funding across twenty-four issue areas in three categories — preventing future conflict, resolving existing conflict, and supporting stability and peace — and found that three hundred and thirty foundations worldwide awarded more than twenty-one hundred grants in support of such efforts in 2017, down from more than twenty-six hundred grants the previous year. According to Candid and PSFG, the $107 million year-over-year increase in total grant dollars can be attributed in part to a grant of almost $38 million awarded by the Howard Buffett Foundation in support of demining efforts in Colombia and to other major funders increasing their grantmaking. Still, peace and security grantmaking represented just 1.2 percent of the nearly $33 billion overall awarded by a thousand of the largest U.S. foundations included in Candid's research set.
The Howard Buffett Foundation topped the list of peace and security funders in 2017, awarding a total of $55.4 million, followed by the Carnegie Corporation of New York ($46.3 million), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation ($30.1 million), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ($26.2 million), and the Ford Foundation ($21 million).
The analysis also found that the largest share of grant dollars in 2017 funded work focused on resolving conflict and building peace ($100.8 million), followed by efforts to develop stable, resilient societies ($70.9 million), nuclear issues ($48.1 million), and weapons ($44.9 million). In terms of strategy, the largest share of grant dollars supported policy, advocacy, and systems reform ($113.6 million), followed by research and evaluation ($67.9 million, 16 percent), general support for operating costs ($62.3 million, 14 percent), and public education ($50 million, 12 percent).