The 2022 Global Philanthropy Environment Index (GPEI) reveals that the philanthropic environment showed modest improvement at the global level, but not uniformly so. Country and regional reports suggest that a consistent and enabling regulatory environment, state collaboration, and strong philanthropic traditions and societal values are essential to nurture philanthropy.
In 2018-2020, the world saw large-scale natural disasters, armed conflict, economic shocks, political unrest, various migration crises, and a global pandemic. People responded to these challenges in every country and economy across the globe by helping others—either by giving directly or through formal philanthropic organizations. While the increasing role of philanthropy is recognized, the ecosystem of regulations, politics, economic factors, and cultures needs further attention in order to provide an enabling environment for philanthropy to thrive.
The 2022 GPEI shows that while 62 percent of the 91 countries and economies had a favorable environment for philanthropy in 2018-2020, nearly half of country experts reported a slowdown in economic growth due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, more than one-third of the 91 economies reported a restrictive environment for cross-border philanthropic flows, despite emerging needs and significant funding efforts provided by major philanthropists and philanthropic organizations. Looking ahead, the future of philanthropy is likely to be characterized by collaboration, new technologies, and digitalization of giving across the world.