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Exploring Trends in Funding Infrastructure

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT
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This webinar is for Forum members and their members.

Join the Foundation Center and the Forum for a webinar on the Foundation Center’s latest analysis of social sector infrastructure funding by U.S. foundations from 2004 to 2015.

The ecosystem of organizations that enables, strengthens, and evolves the work of civil society is complex, as is its funding. Did you know that U.S. foundations made grants totaling $1.94 billion to support nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure between 2004 and 2015? This funding accounted for less than one percent of total giving by U.S. foundations. The Foundation Center’s research suggests updated categorization for infrastructure organizations, making it easier to understand the funding landscape and trends.

Attendees will learn:

  • How much U.S. foundation funding goes to infrastructure organizations by various breakdowns
  • How we are defining infrastructure organizations, and
  • How to use the data to encourage investment in infrastructure.

Following this webinar, participants will have a strong understanding of the infrastructure funding landscape and where their organization fits. The organizations in attendance will be able to make a stronger case for supporting infrastructure related to their own work and in peer influence circles.


Lawrence T. McGill, Ph.D.
Vice President for Knowledge Services

Larry McGill is vice president for knowledge services at Foundation Center. He joined the organization as vice president for research in 2007, overseeing the research on foundation giving trends, practices, and emerging issues in the field. Under his leadership, Foundation Center’s research program expanded rapidly to create dynamic online platforms for aggregating and visualizing global data on philanthropy and placing it in the larger context of emerging needs and international aid flows. As vice president for knowledge services, he also oversees the work of CF Insights, Glasspockets, Global Partnerships, GrantCraft, IssueLab, and Philanthropy News Digest.

Prior to joining Foundation Center, he served as director of research and planning for the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) at Princeton University and as deputy director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From 1994 to 2001, Dr. McGill was director of research for the Freedom Forum and its operating programs, the Media Studies Center and the First Amendment Center. Prior to that, he was manager of news audience research at NBC. He has taught at Northwestern University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1987.

Jen Bokoff
Director of Stakeholder Engagement

Jen Bokoff is the director of stakeholder engagement at Foundation Center. She develops partnerships and projects that build knowledge and strategy for grantmakers. She likes asking "so what?" to push Foundation Center's data-driven work to be as valuable and actionable as it can be to social sector changemakers. She also runs GrantCraft, a free service that taps the practical wisdom of funders to improve the collective knowledge of the philanthropy field. In her role, Jen regularly speaks at conferences and facilitates workshops with funders, and connects people to resources, ideas, and one another. A graduate of Tufts University, Jen studied community health and sociology and spent two years involved in the Learning by Giving philanthropy program. She serves on the Alumni Council as the chair of the development committee and also serves on an advisory committee for The Moth’s education programs. In her spare time, she is an amateur comedic improviser, avid Brooklyn nerd, and second base woman on Foundation Center's winning-in-spirit softball team. Jen is a firm believer that social innovation and change happen only when passionate people across different industries collaborate; being a strong connector enables this growth in local communities and throughout the world.

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