Transition and enhancement of global indices of philanthropy

This grant helps to transfer efforts to develop indices on global private giving from the Centre for Global Prosperity of the Hudson Institute to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. This project focuses on the inclusion of emerging economy countries.

The Lilly Family School will conduct and integrate research on the enabling environment for private giving in a global Index of Philanthropic Freedom. The school will also coordinate this information with additional research on financial flows from OECD and emerging economies to developing countries in the Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances. These two indices contribute to increasing general understanding about the sources of financial flows to developing countries. They also offer a comparative view of the conditions for philanthropic freedom around the world. Data for the indices will be collected through online questionnaires to country and regional experts, surveys administered to random samples of specialists, online meetings, and document and peer review.

Results are expected to increase knowledge about patterns in, and strengths and weaknesses of, global philanthropy. They will also provide substantial information for evidence-based policymaking to support philanthropy at the global and national levels. Work on the indices will also open opportunities to further investigate the different types of philanthropy around the world, the strategic role of philanthropy in poverty alleviation, and the best philanthropic practices to achieve greater social change.

Project ID


Project status



36 months

IDRC Officer

Lisa Burley

Total funding

CA$ 256,000

Project Leader

Una Osili


Indiana University

Institution Country

United States