Foundation Center Maps Foundation Support in Response to Economic Crisis

The Foundation Center has announced the launch of an interactive map linked to data on U.S. foundation giving in response to the economic downturn.

Part of the center's initiative to provide information, news, and research on the potential impact of the recession on the philanthropic sector, the map displays data by state, county, city, ZIP code, and congressional district and includes information on more than $56 million in foundation grants and program-related investments (PRIs).

The grants and PRIs represent a range of foundations and giving interests, from forestalling foreclosures in major urban centers to emergency assistance for food, shelter, clothing, and other basic needs. Grants include $2.5 million from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, part of the foundation's $68 million initiative to prevent foreclosures and mitigate their effect on the city's neighborhoods; and $475,000 from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to fifteen human service agencies in Maricopa County.

New grants will be added to the application on an ongoing basis, while an RSS feed will be available to individuals who register at the Foundation Center's Web site.

"America's foundations are marshalling their resources to secure the social safety net at this critical time when public funding is down and service demands are up," said Foundation Center president Bradford Smith. "The real-time information in this map will help grantmakers fill gaps and foster collaborations to meet the pressing needs of nonprofits and the communities they serve."

"Foundation Center Maps Philanthropy's Response to the Economic Crisis." Foundation Center Press Release 12/04/2008.