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Inga Ingulfsen

@ingaingulfsen - Inga is a Research Analyst on the Global Partnerships team at Foundation Center, where she supports the organization’s global research and programs to strengthen global data and knowledge on philanthropy, and connect the philanthropy sector to the broader development ecosystem. Before joining Foundation Center, Inga worked for the United Nations in New York and Amman, supporting global policy development and research on conflict-related sexual violence and governance and peacebuilding in Middle East and North Africa, and has spent several years working in public health administration in Norway. Inga holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Oslo and an MSc in Global Affairs from New York University.
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?