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Lauren Bradford

@laurenjbradford - As Director of Global Partnerships at Foundation Center, Lauren Bradford leads the global strategy for developing and managing bilateral and multilateral partnerships that are instrumental in fulfilling the organization’s vision to build a global data and knowledge base for philanthropy, strengthen and connect the philanthropic sector to the global development ecosystem, and achieve more effective grantmaking and development outcomes. Lauren began her career in strategic urban planning in Australia before transitioning to international development, working for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Center, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Post-2015 task team on financing for development, and the World Bank. Lauren holds a BASc in Urban Planning and MA in International Development from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
Shifting the Meaning of Community: U.S. Community Foundations Increase Their International Giving

Shifting the Meaning of Community: U.S. Community Foundations Increase Their International Giving

We tend to think of community foundations as place-based institutions, solely serving a community of people living within a defined geographic area through their grantmaking. Research by Foundation Center and the Council on Foundations, however, shows that international giving by U.S. community foundations grew more than three-fold from $103 million in 2011 to $315 million in 2015, a much more rapid increase than the 29% growth in international giving by all U.S. foundations. What explains this growth and what else do we know about global grantmaking, leadership, and engagement by U.S. community foundations?