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Top 10 Philanthropic Organisations in the World

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Would you love to work for an organisation that has philanthropy at its heart? If so, there’s good news for you: City A.M’s prestigious, fourth annual ranking of charitable organisations, called The World Charity Index, has recently been published, and will help you generate a short-list  of organisations to target in your job search. The ranking itself is produced by the Center for Philanthropic Studies at VU University Amsterdam. Here are the top ten of the world’s most philanthropic organisations, along with a short description of where their focus lies; also included is the value of their total donations given in 2013.

1. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (US)

  • Founded: 2000
  • Total donations: £2.169bn

The Foundation concentrates on issues of poverty and disease in the world, including “neglected infectious diseases”. In addition to health,  improving education in the US is an important area of focus.

 2. Wellcome Trust (UK)

  • Founded: 1936
  • Total donations: £581.5m

The Trust is best known for its work in improving animal and human health, but also within its remit is to explore the connections between medicine, life and culture. The Trust gives funding support to scientists in these areas.

3. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries (Netherlands)

  • Founded: 1989
  • Total donations:£470.3m

The mission of Novamedia is to raise money through its five charity lotteries  to make the world fairer and greener.

4. La Caixa Foundation (Spain)

  • Founded: 1990
  • Total donations: £309m

The Foundation supports society’s vulnerable groups, in particular the poor and the socially marginalised, the elderly and immigrant groups.

5. Silicon Valley Community Foundation  (USA)

  • Founded: 2007
  • Total donations: £231.8m

The Foundation develops “innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems”.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a donation of $1bn to the charity last year.

6. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (USA)

  • Founded:1972
  • Total donations:£230.9m

The Foundation is focused on improving  the health of the nation, aiming “to address the most pressing health and health care issues” in America.

7.  The Walton Family Foundation (USA)

  • Founded:1987
  • Total donations: £207.84m

The focus areas for the Foundation are: education reform, freshwater and marine conservation and improving the quality of life for residents of North-West Arkansas .

8. Church Commissioners (UK)

  • Founded: 1948
  • Total donations: £207.80m

The Church Commissioners supports the work and ministry of the Church of England, including projects that enable the Church to fund welfare projects; they also fund a large number of projects that have a local focus.

9. David and Lucile Packard Foundation (USA)

  • Founded: 1964
  • Donations:£184.8m

The Foundation was set up to facilitate positive change in a range of causes important to its founders: “children, families communities- and to restore and protect our planet”.

10. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (USA)

  • Founded:2000
  • Donations:£174m

The Foundation’s ambitious areas of focus are to “create enduring impact” in the fields of “environmental conservation, patient care and science”

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