U.S. First High-Income Country to Pilot SDG Philanthropy Platform

The SDG Philanthropy Platform and the Council on Foundations have announced that the United States has joined Kenya, Colombia, Indonesia, and Ghana as a pilot country in the SDG Philanthropy Platform.

Managed by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Foundation Center, and the United Nations Development Programme, the platform is designed to align the work of foundations and philanthropists, the UN, governments, civil society, and business in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, which address seventeen areas of development, including the eradication of hunger and poverty, environmental sustainability, reducing inequality, and improving education and health. Foundation Center estimates that philanthropy will contribute at least $364 billion toward implementation of the SDGs by 2030.

As the first high-income country to pilot the platform, the U.S. will take a leading role in shaping how the philanthropic sectors in wealthy countries support the SDGs, leverage the power of cross-border collaboration, and share best practices and lessons learned. Over the past year, the Council on Foundations, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and Foundation Center have spearheaded this work in the U.S., hosting nationwide convenings and publishing a report outlining how U.S. funders can integrate the SDGs into their domestic grantmaking.

"At the heart of the SDGs is the idea that all countries — including the U.S. — are in need of development," said Council on Foundations president and CEO Vikki Spruill. "These global goals provide a framework for us all to follow to address and overcome the shared challenges facing our planet. The SDGs also provide us the opportunity to break down barriers between countries and share the responsibility of building a better world. No one country has this all figured out, but if we work together and if philanthropy leads together, we will achieve these goals by 2030."

"United States First High-Income Pilot Country of SDG Philanthropy Platform." Council on Foundations, Foundation Center, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and United Nations Development Programme Press Release 09/21/2016.