New Report Looks at Funding to Address Domestic Violence in California

Foundation funding for domestic violence organizations in California grew 12.3 percent between 2002 and 2011, while funding in this area as a share of total grant dollars awarded to California-based organizations remained steady at approximately 0.4 percent, a report from the finds.

Based on an analysis of grants of $10,000 or more made by a thousand of the largest U.S. foundations, the report, (11 pages, PDF), found that, between 2009 and 2011, ninety-six funders awarded more than $42 million in grants to domestic violence organizations in California. While grants that fund overlapping issue areas were counted in multiple categories, the funding primarily supported family services (80 percent), legal services (28.8 percent), prevention efforts (35.6 percent), and public health (27.2 percent). Populations targeted by the grants included women and girls (96 percent) and children and youth (73.5 percent), followed by the economically disadvantaged (35 percent) and racial/ethnic minorities (16.1 percent).

Supported by a grant from , the report also found that organizations in major metropolitan areas, led by San Francisco (27.4 percent) and Los Angeles (20.7 percent), received the largest share of domestic violence funding dollars. BSCF is the leading domestic violence funder in the state in terms of both the foundation's share of total grant dollars (more than 30 percent) and the portion of  total giving (15.1 percent) awarded to domestic violence prevention and services.

"It is essential for funders, practitioners, and policy makers to have concrete data about funding to address domestic violence," said Brenda Henry-Sanchez, director of research for special projects at the Foundation Center and co-author of the report. "This kind of knowledge helps pinpoint where the gaps are so funders can direct their investments where it will do the most good."

"It is evident from this study that there is still ample space for additional funders to help end domestic violence," said Peter Long, president and CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation. "Given the complex causes of and solutions for domestic violence, philanthropic organizations working on a variety of issues — from health care to childhood development — have clear opportunities to get involved and make a difference."

"New Report on Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence." Foundation Center Press Release 04/21/2014.