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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. Gifts under $100,000 are 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 $5,000 and above) and CGD Society ($150 - $5,000), and include the annual totals for these two membership bodies in the table below.

In May 2014 and December 2015, Transparify 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.



2015 Grant Amount

Total Grant Amount

Time Period


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)
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation $1.20M $2.40M 24 months | July 2014 - July 2016 General operating support
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $948K $1.90M 24 months |October 2013 -  September 2015 Future of financing for development: international responses to middle income countries and rising extractive revenues
UK Department for International Development $597K $827K 12 months | July 2014 - July 2015 Effective education systems
Omidyar Network  $570K $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  
Good Ventures $403K $1.18M 36 months | March 2014 - March 2016 General operating support with migration focus
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade $390K $1.40M 36 months | June 2013 -June 2016 Multilateral reform, financing development in middle income countries, and employment and job creation
NICE International (international non-profit arm of the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) $380K $580K 28 months | January 2014 - April 2016 Priority setting for universal health coverage
Anonymous  $350K $1.05M 36 months | August 2014 - August 2017 General operating support
UK Department for International Development $315K $6.28M 40 months | November 2011 - March 2015 Global development, results based aid, food security, global health, technology, anti-corruption
Canadian International Development Research Centre $300K $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 $204K $292K 19 months | March 2014 - October 2015 Natural resources, land tenure, deliberative democracy, resource rents in Tanzania
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $200K $1.49M 36 months | August 2013 - August 2016 Regulatory standards for financial inclusion
African Development Bank $199K $199K 12 months | October 2014 - September 2015 International financial institutions engagement with fragile states
Anonymous $160K $797K 60 months | November 2012 -November 2017 CGD Europe, illicit financial flows
NICE International (international non-profit arm of the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) $158K $241K 26 months | January 2014 - February 2016 Priority setting institutions in developing countries for health
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation $125K $250K 24 months | July 2014 - July 2016 Rethinking US development policy initiative
Good Ventures $100K $300K 36 months | July 2013 - July 2016 General operating support
Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs $20K $136K 6 months | October 2014 - March 2015 International financial institutions






*Exchange rate fluctuations may result in minor variances.

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