Giving by U.S. foundations to international water projects and programmes has increased from US$ 6.1 million in 1988 to US$ 72.1 million in 2008 (of which US$ 44 million came from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). In 2008, India was the country that received the largest amount: US$ 11.4 million.
This data can be found a dedicated water web page of the Foundation Center. Based on data for 2008 the page also lists the top 25 recipients of water grants from US-based foundations as well as the 25 U.S. foundations who gave most for international water activities. The top 5 in each category are listed below.
Top 5 US-based foundations awarding international grants for access to water, 2008
Top 5 recipients of US-based foundation international giving for access to water, 2008
Source: Foundation Center
The Foundation Center page on water also provides information on selected grants awarded in the period 2007-2009 and resources on access to water.
Web page: Foundation Center – Global Philanthropy – Water