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 2015 Climate change, financing mechanisms for tropical forest conservation (55% of total grant amount subcontracted to CGD partner, Climate Advisors)
UK Department for International Development  $1.47M  $6.39M 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
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
Canadian International Development Research Centre  $297K  $1.45M 60 months | October 2012 -September 2017 IDRC Visiting Fellowship program
International Initiative for Impact Evalution  $234K  $292K 17 months | March 2014 - August 2015 Natural resources, land tenure, deliberative democracy, resource rents in Tanzania
Anonymous  $201K  $201K 12 months | January 2014 - December 2014 Global investment platform for development innovation
Anonymous  $184K  $184K 12 months | January 2014 - January 2015 Global investment platform for development innovation
Anonymous  $172K  $500K 36 months | October 2013 - October 2016 CGD Honor Campaign
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 initative
Good Ventures  $100K  $300K 36 months | July 2013 - July 2016 General operating support
CGD Partners Council 2014 (total)
Please see complete list of members here:
 $573K   12 months | January 2014 - December 2014 General operating support 
CGD Society (2014 total)
Please see complete list of members here:
 $51K   12 months | January 2014 - December 2014 General operating support 

To download 2014 data as an Excel sheet, please click here.