Foundation Giving for Disability

An Overview of Priorities and Trends

Mature man talking in a meeting at a community center. Including a disabled person, and people of various genders and ethnicities.

About the Executive Summary

U.S. foundations have an urgent opportunity to expand equity and social justice by increasing their focus on disability. One in four adult Americans and an estimated 1 billion people globally experience disability, but foundation funding for disability only represents approximately two cents of every foundation dollar awarded. Meanwhile, disabled people regularly encounter ableism that limits their social and economic prospects, well-being, and human rights. 

Foundation Giving for Disability: Priorities and Trends offers a first-ever, detailed examination of how U.S. foundations focus their support for disability communities. It tracks disability-related funding by 1,000 of the country’s largest foundations separately, based on U.S. focus and global focus. Within these geographies, the report examines funding explicitly for disability rights and social justice and for services and supports for disabled people. 

For the purposes of this report, disability is defined broadly. It includes mental, behavioral, and chronic health conditions, as well as physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. 

Foundation Giving for Disability serves as a resource for understanding the scale and priorities of current support and provides a baseline for measuring changes in funding going forward.

Final Foundation for Giving Summary and Report Coming Soon