Funding for nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure—organizations working to enable, strengthen, and evolve the work of philanthropy, nonprofits and civil society around the world—accounted for less than 1 percent of total giving by U.S. foundations, according to a new report from Foundation Center.

The report, supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, examines trends in U.S. foundation funding across twelve years and analyzed more than 20,000 infrastructure-related grants totaling $1.94 billion. Infrastructure organizations provide essential services such as strategic planning; evaluation, assessment, and feedback; board and staff development; data and research; legal services; business modeling; and support for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. They form a much-needed backbone for work on our most critical global challenges, enabling changemakers to be more effective in their efforts to build a better future.

Read the key findings and download the full report: