Talk:List of wealthiest charitable foundations

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The native currency of Denmark is Danish kroner, not the euro. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:33, 14 July 2013 (UTC)


Canada? any Canadian Foundations? What about Mexico?

And the dutch pension foundations? they own half of lower manhattan NY..

Removal of external links[edit]

Since we are not a directory I've replaced external links to the foundations with wikilinks. Since these are major foundations we need to be encouraging people to create articles on these subjects, not providing a listing service to unencyclopedic content (which the home websites are). If it's useful to those who would like to start one of these articles the version with links can be found here. -- Siobhan Hansa 12:54, 25 April 2007 (UTC)


INGKA is not listed. I know some people do not consider it to be a foundation, but legally it seems to be. Also, the INGKA wiki article says that it is a foundation. This leads to inconsistency among this wiki article and the INGKA article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:29, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

yes please list INGKA as it is legally a foundation —Preceding unsigned comment added by Btxtsf (talkcontribs) 03:56, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Done. I am unsure of one thing however : the nationality. It is owned by Sweden persons but is located in Netherlands. I put its nationality as Sweden and its headquarter in Netherlands. Feel free to change if that looks weird.--Iv (talk) 10:52, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

Changed Sweden to the Netherlands. It's a Dutch foundation. (talk) 15:23, 16 February 2010 (UTC)


This list is over a year old, no doubt the financial situation of some of the organizations has changed. Would anyone be opposed to me rechecking all the sources and reordering the article if need be and updating the financial numbers? —Charles Edward (Talk | Contribs) 12:20, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

This list excludes "The Open Society Foundation" which has distributed more funds than a great deal of the listed foundations over the past decades. Please update as recommended by the above contributor, or preface that this article does not reflect an accurate depiction of the most endowed foundations.For Wikipedia to be a member institute of driving the philosophical mission of open society to exclude an institution that is by every character of the word a grant-making foundation the same as the rest is quite much. I cite as proof the foundation's own webpage estimating its 3 decade expenditures which I am sure is verifiable in some diligence routine: . User: Kaifer — Preceding undated comment added 16:42, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Per Capita Stat.[edit]

I think this article could be improved by adding a column stating the per capita value of the sovereign wealth fund. It would add a relative perspective from an individual’s view. The difference between the gross values do not give a representation as their purpose as public investment for citizens. This is the same reason both GDP and GDP Per Capita figures are typically given. I tried to do this for Kuwait and the combined $ for China, the result is very revealing.
$ 851 --- China Per Capita
$ 89,576 --- Kuwait Per Capita (talk) 16:53, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

Religious Charities??[edit]

The Church of England is on this list, I have to assume the Roman Catholic Church should be there too. They own more real estate, schools, and hospitals than any organization in the world... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:33, 16 July 2012 (UTC)

30 not 29; Valuation problem too[edit]

I don't know what criteria were used to set the count at 29 for determining the list of wealthiest charitable foundations. It is peculiar. Fortunately, someone saw fit to add a thirtieth member to the list, so I am going to change the prose portion at the beginning of the list from 29 to 30.

Also, this list is of limited value, as world's "wealthiest charitable foundations" varies from year to year. Whomever thought to mention that it was calculated in 2012 U.S. dollars, and the exact date, was thinking ahead, but that still doesn't address the problem of trying to keep this list up to date. It should be possible, if done programmatically. If not, it is misleading. I'll leave that for someone else to contend with though. --FeralOink (talk) 15:22, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

I just noticed that at least half of the sources for the list pre-date 24 June 2012, which is given as the date of valuation. In fact, they range from 2008 to various dates in 2012. This renders the entire list invalid, unless a previous editor recalculated all the valuations as of 24 June 2012. No, there are still problems with that approach. Sigh. --FeralOink (talk) 15:45, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

The Duke Endowment[edit]

The Duke Endowment is listed as having $3.4 billion in assets. Not sure why it's not listed. Just wanted to mention it. -- (talk) 14:33, 29 October 2014 (UTC)