Family Foundation Giving Trends 2012 is the fifth in a series of reports
that annually updates the giving of the largest 100 family foundations in the
UK, tracking trends and comparing them with their US counterparts. Giving
through family foundations represents around 8% of all private giving in the
UK. The 2012 report is a special edition aimed at providing a more rounded
picture of family foundation philanthropy. The regular updating of the annual
league tables of giving is complemented by research on the causes supported,
the influences on decision‑making in an uncertain environment, and family
foundations' outlook for the future.
The research was carried out through extracting financial data from annual
reports and websites on annual spending and the distribution of grants by
cause, and an online survey of decision‑making amongst the largest family
foundations (40 responses, 45% response rate). For this research, UK and US
family foundations are defined as independent registered charitable trusts
funded originally by family wealth, whether or not the founding family is still
represented on the governing board.
The full report is available for download at the link below.