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A list of the richest non-profit charitable foundations in the world, ranked by the size of their endowment. Charitable foundations are an organization established to fund other charitable organizations or provide funds for their own charitable endeavors. In the United States, we have private foundations and public charities. Private foundations are generally funded by corporations and individuals, where as public charities are funded by money gathered from the general public.

Originally many of these foundations were simply tax shelters, however, legislation over the last half century has been established to curtail this practice. The charitable foundations on this list are all, of course, the real thing.

What are the richest charities in the world? There are some pretty big hitters on this list so you're very likely to be quite impressed by the names of charities and the roster of who runs them.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Civic and Social Organizations - Size of Endowment: $36.7 billion

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Stichting INGKA Foundation Size of Endowment: $36 billion

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Wellcome Trust Size of Endowment: $22.90 billion

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Size of Endowment: $14.8 billion

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Ford Foundation Size of Endowment: $13.8 billion

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The Church Commissioners for England Size of Endowment: $10.5 billion

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J. Paul Getty Trust Size of Endowment: $10.1 billion

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Li Ka Shing Foundation Size of Endowment: $10.1 billion

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Size of Endowment: $10.0 billion

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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation Size of Endowment: $10.0 billion

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William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Size of Endowment: $8.5 billion

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Size of Endowment: $8.4 billion

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Kamehameha Schools Size of Endowment: $7.66 billion

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Lilly Endowment Size of Endowment: $7.6 billion

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Garfield Weston Foundation Size of Endowment: $6.9 billion

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Robert Bosch Foundation Size of Endowment: $6.9 billion

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David and Lucile Packard Foundation Size of Endowment: $6.3 billion

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Size of Endowment: $6.1 billion

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John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Size of Endowment: $6.1 billion

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Size of Endowment: $5.8 billion

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Realdania Size of Endowment: $5.6 billion

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Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation Size of Endowment: $5.3 billion

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The California Endowment Size of Endowment: $4.4 billion

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The Pew Charitable Trusts Size of Endowment: $4.1 billion

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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Size of Endowment: $3.8 billion

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Rockefeller Foundation Size of Endowment: $3.8 billion

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The Starr Foundation Size of Endowment: $3.5 billion

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The Kresge Foundation Size of Endowment: $3.3 billion