2021 grantmaking at a glance
We are committed to our mission of advancing equality and justice around the world. Over the years, our grantmaking has evolved to meet the challenges facing our society. Explore our full database of grants to get a deeper understanding of the organizations we fund and their incredible impact thus far.
1,784 grants made
$1.07B total funding
$250K median grant
Our social bond
Unprecedented times call for extraordinary solutions. As COVID-19 spread across the world, we saw an urgent need to support the organizations stepping up to meet the pandemic’s sweeping impacts. We issued a social bond—the first ever by a foundation on the United States taxable corporate bond market—to ensure nonprofits can carry on their important work to serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. It allowed us to double our grantmaking, resulting in a one-time allocation of up to $1 billion to strengthen and stabilize organizations during this critical time.
386 Social Bond Grants made in 2021
Over $613M of funding made available
Understanding disability, advancing inclusion
In 2016, we made a commitment to expand our definition of justice and ensure our grantmaking was more inclusive of the disability community. Around the globe, people with disabilities experience inequality in all its forms. By integrating the voices and leaders of the disability community, we believe we will create a future of opportunity for all.
Learn more about our journey to become more inclusive funders in Disability Demands Justice.
More than $150M of our 2021 grantmaking intentionally included people with disabilities
Living our values
To address the issues of a complex—and increasingly diverse—world, we believe those individuals and institutions closest to the challenges are also the most capable of creating solutions. We make a concerted effort to support organizations led by women, people of color and the LGTBQ+ community as they drive lasting change for historically excluded communities.
60% of U.S. grants went to organizations led by people of color Meet some of these incredible leaders.
80% of U.S. grants went to women-led organizations Learn more about our history of advancing women’s equality.
$17M to support the LGBTQ+ community Explore our evolution in understanding and funding gender.