New CEP Study Looks at How U.S. Foundations Are Responding to Shiftin Presidential Administration
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

April, 2017

Since last November, many questions have been asked about what is changing for foundations and their work in the context of a new U.S. presidential administration.

How does a shift in national political context affect foundations and their areas of focus? Have new challenges or opportunities arisen? Should foundations be making changes in their goals, strategies, and grantmaking budgets in response?

Given the volume and prevalence of these conversations, the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) decided to survey foundation leaders about how they are reacting to the new administration, and the degree to which they are making changes as a result. Based on survey responses from 162 CEOs of U.S. independent and community foundations making at least $5 million in grants annually, CEP is releasing today a new report titled Shifting Winds: Foundations Respond to a New Political Context.

What did we find? 
The study reveals that the reactions and responses of U.S. foundations to the recent shift in national political context vary widely, but most foundations are changing their practices or shifting their emphases.

Among the data points in the report, we learned that:

We hope that this report provides a snapshot of foundations at this moment in time that is helpful to funders as they consider how their own work may or may not be affected by changes in 
Washington, D.C.