Research Outline

Immigrants International Giving


To find information on how American immigrants give to charities/organizations in their countries of birth including how much they donate, how many people fit this profile, how often they donate, and the tools/services they use to facilitate donations.

Early Findings

  • The United States has the largest number of immigrants in the world. Currently, over 40 million people living in the United States were born in foreign countries.
  • According to Philanthropy, there is no "research tallying up the total dollars donated by immigrants, but it’s generally believed to be growing." For instance, this is evident in the fact that the number of U.S. foundations established by Chinese-Americans (including immigrants) experienced more than 400% growth between 2000 and 2014 to 1,300 in number.
  • In 2018, out of the 140 Americans that signed the Giving Pledge, at least 15 were immigrants.
  • Immigrants that have had a notable influence on charity include George Soros (Hungary), Elon Musk (South Africa), Pierre Omidyar (France), Jan Koum (Ukraine), Hamdi Ulukaya (Turkey), Jorge Pérez (Argentina), and Sergey Brin (Russia).
  • Most of the requested information is not available in the public domain because the available statistics on giving in the United States are not segmented into information that is specific to giving from immigrants and giving from Americans that were born in the country.