Private U.S.-based foundations gave approximately USD6.7 billion to international purposes in 2009, 4 percent lower than the total in 2008, according to a newly published report from the Foundation Center.
The dip, however, was lower than what was initially expected given the current economic situation in the U.S., The Seattle Times adds.
The report says last year’s international giving was bolstered by the USD2.7 billion worth of aid spent by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Overall, health-related programs received the bulk of the 2009 funding, followed by international development initiatives and environment-related schemes. U.S.-based programs and organizations engaged in international work received two-thirds of the USD6.7 billion, with the remaining one-third going to overseas recipients.