Foundation Giving Trends 2019
Foundation Giving Trends 2019
Key findings included:
Assets: Top 300 foundations net assets reached a record £67 billion in value in 2017/18, however overall growth rates slowed dramatically, ranging from low to negative. Income from investments fell for the first time in 5 years. The ownership of assets is highly skewed. The top seven foundations by asset value each have more than £1 billion in net assets, representing almost two-thirds of Top 300 assets (62%).
Grant-making: Almost two-thirds of foundations in the Top 300 (193) made a real-terms increase in grant-making in 2017/18. The majority of these (146) also experienced a fall in their income, assets, or both. Grants were worth £2.6 billion and grew by a real annual 9.9% (ex Wellcome Trust).
Social Investment: The level of social investment continues to grow (+23%), albeit from low levels. Thirty-four Top 300 foundations (11%) identified programme-related, missionrelated or social investments in their balance sheet, annual report narrative or notes to their accounts, worth £146 million.
Top 10 foundations by net assets
|A/C year||Net asset £million|
|1||Wellcome Trust||Sept 2018||24,200.1|
|2||Garfield Weston Foundation||Apr 2018||9,933.8|
|3||Children's Investment Fund Foundation||Dec 2017||3,838.7|
|4||Leverhulme Trust||Dec 2018||3,178.0|
|5||Bridge House Estates*||Mar 2018||1,395.8|
|6||Henry Smith Charity||Dec 2017||1,010.9|
|7||The Health Foundation||Dec 2017||1,008.8|
|8||Esmée Fairbairn Foundation||Dec 2018||997.3|
|9||Paul Hamlyn Foundation||Mar 2018||755.1|
|10||Wolfson Foundation||Apr 2018||739.2|
The grant-making arm of Bridge House Estates isCity Bridges Trust
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