How We’re Funded

We at the Center for Global Development (CGD) are deeply committed to the principles of transparency and accountability as a means to fostering better development outcomes. Our research and policy work on transparency includes exploring ways to tackle illicit financial flows,  pushing for open government contracting, encouraging the use of biometric identification systems to help control corruption and reduce waste, promoting universal transparency in the extractive industries, and urging aid agencies and global health funders to become more transparent about how they allocate funding.

It therefore seems appropriate that CGD should walk the walk, applying the same standards of transparency to our own funding, a level of disclosure that goes beyond the information traditionally disclosed in US tax forms and annual reports. In 2014, with support from our funders and Board of Directors, we decided to publish information on all grants and donations received that are above $100,000, which is equivalent to approximately 1% of the Center's annual budget. We will also continue our practice of disclosing the membership of our Partners Council (corporate and individual contributors who give $2,500 and above) and CGD Society ($150 - $2,500), and include the annual totals for these two membership bodies in the table below.

In May 2014, a Transparify report awarded CGD the highest rating (five stars) for our open disclosure of funding, making us one of the most transparent think tanks in the US and worldwide. In several blog posts, Chief Operating Officer Todd Moss and Deputy Director for Institutional Advancement Katie Douglas Martel explain why CGD believes this push towards transparency is critical to our mission, the efficacy of think tanks, and global development outcomes as a whole.

We hope that our move towards greater transparency will encourage other think tanks and nonprofits, as well as the very institutions that we aim to influence, to do the same.

 


Contributor


2014 Grant Amount (USD)


Total Grant Amount (USD)


Time Period


Description


Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation


 $1.70M


 $5.37M


36 months | January 2013 - December 2016


Climate change, financing mechanisms for tropical forest conservation (55% of total grant amount subcontracted to CGD partner, Climate Advisors)

UK Department for International Development

 $1.46M

 $6.28M

40 months | November 2011 - March 2015

Global development, results based aid, food security, global health, technology, anti-corruption


William & Flora Hewlett Foundation


 $1.20M


 $2.40M


24 months | July 2014 - July 2016


General operating support


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


 $914K


 $914K


12 months | October 2014 - October 2015


Innovative contracting for supporting efficiency mechanisms for ARV services


Omidyar Network


 $725K


 $1.50M


36 months | January 2014 - December 2016


Transparency, accountability, illicit financial flows, effective taxation, data for development, open contracting, and other transparency-related issues 


Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade


 $466K


 $1.40M


36 months | June 2013 -June 2016


Multilateral reform, financing development in middle income countries, and employment and job creation


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


 $400K


 $887K


24 months | June 2013 - May 2015


Fiscal federalism, intergovernmental transfers to improve health


Open Society Foundations


 $400K


 $400K


24 months | November 2013 - December2015


Illicit financial flows, effective taxation for development


Good Ventures


 $379K


 $1.18M


36 months | March 2014 - March 2014


General operating support with migration focus


Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 $352K


 $352K


12 months | January 2014 - December 2014


International financial institutions, environmental issues, fragile states, governance, private sector


Anonymous


 $350K


 $1.05M


36 months | August 2014 - August 2017


General operating support


Anonymous


 $300K


 $300K


12 months | November 2014 - November 2015


General operating support


NICE International (international  non-profit arm of the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)


 $300K


 $580K


28 months | January 2014 - April 2016


Priority setting for universal health coverage


Canadian International Development Research Centre


 $297K


 $1.45M


60 months | October 2012 -September 2017


IDRC Visiting Fellowship program


William & Flora Hewlett Foundation


 $250K


 $500K


24 months | November 2014 - November 2016


CGD Europe general operating support


International Initiative for Impact Evaluation


 $234K


 $292K


17 months | March 2014 - August 2015


Natural resources, land tenure, deliberative democracy, resource rents in Tanzania


Anonymous


 $184K


 $184K


12 months | January 2014 - January 2015


Global investment platform for development innovation


Anonymous


 $159K


 $797K


60 months | November 2012 -November 2017


CGD Europe, illicit financial flows


William & Flora Hewlett Foundation


 $150K


 $250K


24 months | July 2014 - July 2016


Rethinking US development policy initiative


Anonymous


 $115K


 $115K


3 months | June 2014 – August 2014


International financial institutions


UK Department for International Development


 $103K


 $827K


12 months | July 2014 - July 2015


Effective education systems


Good Ventures


 $100K


 $300K


36 months | July 2013 - July 2016


General operating support


NICE International (international  non-profit arm of the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)


 $83K


 $181K


26 months | January 2014 - February 2016


Priority setting institutions in developing countries for health


Board of Directors (total) Please see complete list of Board members here: CGDev.org/board


 $514K


 


12 months | January 2014 - December 2014


General operating support


CGD Partners Council 2014 (total) Please see complete list of members here: CGDev.org/partnerscouncil


 $391K


 


12 months | January 2014 - December 2014


General operating support


CGD Society 2014 (total) Please see complete list of members here: CGDev.org/society


 $32K


 


12 months | January 2014 - December 2014


General operating support


 
 

 

 

 

 

*Exchange rate fluctuations may result in variances.

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