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.


2022 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
Amrita Ahuja
Caroline Atkinson
Afsaneh Beschloss
George W. Casey, Jr
Mary-Ann Etiebet
Tony Fratto
Debra Fine
David F. Gordon
Stephen T. Isaacs
Donald Kaberuka
John Lipsky
David Marchick
Robert McCarthy
Luis Alberto Moreno
Bobby J. Pittman
Shubhi Rao
Daleep Singh
Karen Spencer
Judy Woodruff


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Lakeshore Foundation

Open Philanthropy

Rockefeller Foundation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

$500,000 - $999,999

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Echidna Giving

IKEA Foundation

Pousaz Philathropies Foundation

$200,000 - $499,999

Lawrence H. Summers

Bloomberg Philanthropies


Ford Foundation

Open Society Foundations

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Wellcome Trust

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

World Bank Group

$100,000 - $199,999

Debra Fine

Royal Danish Embassy to the United States

European Commission

French Development Agency (AFD)

German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Global Affairs Canada

International Rescue Committee

Korean International Development Agency

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

$50,000 - $99,999

Imperial College London

Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Malala Fund

PAX Sapiens

Robert Bosch Foundation

$20,000 - 49,999

Nancy Birdsall

Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss

Steve Isaacs

John Lipsky

David Marchick

Robert McCarthy

Kirsten and Karl R. Pfleger


Georgetown University

Inter-American Development Bank

Policy Cures

1Day Sooner


$10,000 - 19,999

Masood Ahmed

Amrita Ahuja

Caroline Atkinson

Henrietta Holsman Fore

Tony Fratto

Bradley Jay Horwitz

JueYan Zhang

Bobby Jay Pittman

Ed Scott Jr.

Smita Singh


Innovations for Poverty Action

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

NYU Center on International Cooperation

Svelter Lead Charitable Trust

Donors of the World Bank Community Connections Campaign


Mary Ann Etiebet

Tom Daschle

David F. Gordon

Thomas Powell

Mark Plant

$2,000 - $4,999

Munir Alam

Ian Gonzalez

Kenneth G. Lay

Luis Alberto Moreno

Daleep Singh

Judy Woodruff

$1,000 - $1,999

Michael Behr

Chris Hollindale

Louise Fox

Marcel Pryzmusinski

Michele Teitelbaum

Jacob Trefethen

Victoria Van Hyning

Prashant Yadav


European Parliament

USAID Alumni Association

As of December 31, 2022

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: