Our Funding

The Center for Global Development (CGD) is an independent, nonpartisan "think-and-do tank" that works to reduce poverty in developing countries. We are deeply committed to the principles of independence, transparency, and accountability, both as a means to foster better development outcomes and to maintain the integrity of our work. For information on our active grants each year, please see our Active and Historic Grants. Please see below for our transparency ratings, overview of yearly funding, Independence statements, and acknowledgement of previous funders.

Our Independence Statements

CGD does not accept funding that seeks to impose limits or restrictions on our independence in research, findings, conclusions, or resulting publications. For information on our active grants agreements each year, please visit our Active Grants page.

Our Transparency

CGD was awarded the highest possible ratings by Guidestar, Transparify, and Charity Navigator in their most recent reviews, in recognition of our commitment to transparency and open disclosure of funding.

Our 2021 Funding Received

Our 2021 Funding Recieved. Click to view our impact report

2021 Funding Received

We are grateful to the distinguished CGD Board of Directors for their leadership and commitment to our shared agenda:

Lawrence Summers, Board Chair
Edward Scott, Chair Emeritus
Masood Ahmed, President
Timothy D. Adams
Amrita Ahuja
Caroline Atkinson
Afsaneh Beschloss
George W. Casey, Jr
Mary-Ann Etiebet
Tony Fratto
David F. Gordon
Brad Horwitz
Stephen T. Isaacs
Donald Kaberuka
John Lipsky
Robert McCarthy
Luis Alberto Moreno
Robert Mosbacher, Jr.
Bobby J. Pittman
Shubhi Rao
Smita Singh
Karen Spencer
Judy Woodruff


Kent Walker and Diana Walsh

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Center for Effective Altruism

Lakeshore Foundation

Open Philanthropy

United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

$500,000 - $999,999

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Imperial College London

Rockefeller Foundation

Schmidt Futures

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund


$200,000 - $499,999

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Ford Foundation

Gates Policy Initiative

Global Affairs Canada

IKEA Foundation

$100,000 - $199,999

Royal Danish Embassy to the United States

ExxonMobil Foundation

European Commission

Founders for Good Ltd.

International Rescue Committee

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Wellcome Trust

Western Union Foundation

$50,000 - $99,999

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Royal Danish Embassy to the United States

Gates Policy Initiative

German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-Operation and Development

Global Affairs Canada

International Development Research Centre

International Rescue Committee

Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs

McKay Philanthropy Fund

UBS Optimus Foundation

University of York


$20,000 - 49,999

Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss

John Lipsky

Robert McCarthy

Kirsten and Karl R. Pfleger

Lawrence H. Summers

European Climate Foundation

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Inter-American Development Bank

Vitol Foundation


$10,000 - 19,999

Masood Ahmed

Caroline Atkinson

Munir Alam

Tony and Judy Fratto

Brad Horwitz

Stephen T. Isaacs

Robert Mosbacher, Jr.

Bobby J. and Alicia Pittman

Ed Scott

Smita Singh

Karen Spencer

Ernst & Young

International Development Research Center

NYU Center on International Cooperation

Svelter Lead Charitable Trust

Donors of the World Bank Community Connections Campaign


Mary Ann Etiebet

Sally Faulkner

David F. Gordon

Ruth Kotecha

Thomas Powell

Jacob Steinhardt

Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs

$2,000 - $4,999

Timothy D. Adams

Amanda Glassman

Ian Gonzalez

W. Gyude Moore

Luis Alberto Moreno

Mark Plant

Judy Woodruff

$1,000 - $1,999

Michael Behr

Louise Fox

Mark Lutter

Cody Tapscott

Michele Teitelbaum

Victoria Van Hyning

USAID Alumni Association

As of December 31, 2021

When requested, CGD allows anonymity to individuals and donor-advised funds subject to evaluation of the best interests of the Center and the funder with regard to transparency. The contributors listed above as Anonymous have been determined through CGD’s review process as reputable and credible sources of funding.

Click here for our acknowledgement of 2021 funders.

To view financial statements from our CGD and CGDE offices, click here.

CGD Europe is a company limited by guarantee in the UK and an England and Wales registered charity (1157318) with an equivalency determination (ED) certification from NGOsource: