How We’re Funded

The Center for Global Development (CGD) is an independent, nonpartisan "think-and-do tank" that works to reduce poverty in developing countries. We do this by producing high-quality research and practical, evidence-based policy recommendations that inform the practices and policies of developed countries, major private sector actors, and global institutions.

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. In keeping with this principle, we acknowledge our funding sources on our website.

Transparency ratings

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

We are thankful to our funders for their intellectual and financial support of our work to make the world more prosperous and equitable. Please see here for our acknowledgement of 2021 funders.

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



The Center for Global Development (CGD) is an independent and nonpartisan research institution. As such, and as in the case of all donations to CGD, CGD will retain total discretion regarding the use of funds, subject only to our commitment to use these funds for the specific use of supporting the project described in an agreement. There can be no conditions or limitations on CGD’s independence in research, findings, conclusions, or resulting publications. Where appropriate, CGD may welcome and consider comments or views from donors, but CGD will retain total discretion and final decision-making authority regarding program and project research topics, speakers, and participants in activities, and on the contents of reports. CGD’s employees and agents shall not engage in federal lobbying contacts or federal lobbying activity, as such terms are defined in the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. § 1601, et. seq., as amended, on behalf of any donor. CGD shall not function directly or indirectly as a donor's representative or agent to the public at large. In carrying out the activities described in this proposal, CGD and its employees and agents shall not act as agents of any foreign principal as such terms are defined in the Foreign Agents Registration Act, 22 U.S.C. § 601 et. seq., as amended. Further, CGD shall not undertake activities on behalf of the donor that constitute “political activities” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, including activities that are intended to in any way influence any agency or official of the Government of the United States or any section of the public within the United States with reference to formulating, adopting, or changing the domestic or foreign policies of the United States or with reference to the political or public interests, policies, or relations of a foreign government or foreign political party. For the avoidance of doubt, CGD’s work shall not be directed by a foreign government or foreign political party and shall not directly promote the public or political interests of a foreign government or foreign political party. Contributions must conform to CGD's funding principles. CGD's tax identification number is 52-2351337. CGD Europe is established as a company limited by guarantee in the UK and as a registered UK charity (number 1157318).

CGD Europe is a UK-registered charity with an  equivalency determination (ED) certification from NGOsource:

We are grateful to our funders for their appreciation and support for our funding guidelines and transparency policies. CGD does not accept funding that seeks to impose limits or restrictions on our independence in research, findings, conclusions or resulting publications.

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  • CGD Society – Individual contributions between $150 - $5,000