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Index of Philanthropic Freedom

Indiana University

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $140,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2017–December 31, 2017
  • Location Bloomington, IN, United States
  • Geographic Focus World

About this grant

The program goal is to foster the development of a conducive environment for philanthropy across countries by providing rigorous, comparative data and by raising awareness and understanding of philanthropy, especially in developing countries. In June 2015, the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Prosperity released the first-ever “Index of Philanthropic Freedom” which surveyed, ranked, and compared the ease of giving, both cross border and domestic, in 64 countries around the world. Due to a change in Hudson Institute priorities, the index is transitioning to Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The school will enhance the research methodology, produce, and disseminate an updated 2017 “Index of Philanthropic Freedom”. It will also increase the number of countries surveyed to 75. The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy was founded in 2012. Its mission is to increase the understanding of philanthropy and improve its practice worldwide through critical inquiry, interdisciplinary research, teaching, training, and civic engagement.