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Richest Charities in the World

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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    Civic and Social Organizations
    Size of Endowment: $36.7 billion
  • 2

    Stichting INGKA Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $36 billion
  • 3

    Wellcome Trust

    Size of Endowment: $22.90 billion
  • 4

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Size of Endowment: $14.8 billion
  • 5

    Ford Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $13.8 billion
  • 6

    The Church Commissioners for England

    Size of Endowment: $10.5 billion
  • 7

    J. Paul Getty Trust

    Size of Endowment: $10.1 billion
  • 8

    Li Ka Shing Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $10.1 billion
  • 9

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $10.0 billion
  • 10

    Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $10.0 billion
  • 11

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $8.5 billion
  • 12

    W.K. Kellogg Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $8.4 billion
  • 13

    Kamehameha Schools

    Size of Endowment: $7.66 billion
  • 14

    Lilly Endowment

    Size of Endowment: $7.6 billion
  • 15

    Garfield Weston Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $6.9 billion
  • 16

    Robert Bosch Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $6.9 billion
  • 17

    David and Lucile Packard Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $6.3 billion
  • 18

    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $6.1 billion
  • 19

    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $6.1 billion
  • 20

    Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $5.8 billion
  • 21

    Realdania

    Size of Endowment: $5.6 billion
  • 22

    Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $5.3 billion
  • 23

    The California Endowment

    Size of Endowment: $4.4 billion
  • 24

    The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Size of Endowment: $4.1 billion
  • 25

    Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

    Size of Endowment: $3.8 billion