Americans are increasingly seeing themselves as part of a larger global community, and their philanthropy is following. Giving to international issues has seen more growth than any other charitable sector in recent years, growing 12.1% between 2010 and 2012, compared with 7.9% increase in overall giving during the same time period.
At The Denver Foundation, our donors are using their donor-advised funds to support a broad range of international issues. There are many US-based organizations, or US affiliate organizations working around the world that are eligible for support from donor-advised funds and represent a multitude of interests and issues. In Colorado alone, Project CURE provides much needed medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in Latin America and Africa and the Colorado-Haiti Project works to provide clean, safe drinking water. Those interested in giving to grassroots organizations working abroad have many giving options through grantmaking intermediaries or “global funds” such as Global Greengrants Fund which supports environmental work in over 100 countries and Global Education Fund which provides books and educational materials to schools in Kenya, India, and Guatemala. Finally, many donors support international projects through their local rotary chapters.