Foundations in the United States “have targeted increasing shares of their giving to the needs of children and youth” over the past decade, according to this four-page report. The report says grant-making foundations directed about $4.46 billion specifically for children and youth in 2001, more than double the $2 billion in 1996. Analyzing the factors, the center cited the strong economy and stock market, and the emergence of new and “newly large” foundations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the California Endowment. The report looks at areas of growth within the children and youth field. Free online. (212) 807-2410, http://www.fdncenter.org/research/trends_analysis.
– Mary Tess Driver, Della Mosley, Andrew Beadle, Patrick Boyle