The nearly 900 different donations to those 50 think tanks came from more than 80 different countries and international institutions.
According to the report, the top recipient of foreign funding was the World Resources Institute (WRI), with an eye-popping $63 million. WRI was followed by the Center for Global Development (CGD), which received $37,580,000. Next was the Brookings Institution, which received $27,350,000.
Here are the top 15 recipients of foreign funding:
- WRI: $63,000,000
- CGD: $37,580,000
- Brookings: $27,350,000
- Atlantic Council: $12,192,000
- Aspen Institute: $8,418,574
- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: $$7,025,000
- German Marshall Fund: $6,249,998
- New America: $2,804,058
- Center for American Progress (CAP): $2,490,000
- Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS): $1,930,000
- Urban Institute: $1,060,000
- Hudson Institute: $870,000
- Center for Climate and Energy Solutions: $806,000
- Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE): $725,000
- Chicago Council on Global Affairs: $624,177
Here are the top 15 donor countries/institutions to US think tanks:
- Norway: $27,681,856
- United Kingdom: $27,123,775
- United Arab Emirates: $15,406,016
- Germany: $12,250,999
- Sweden: $9,313,999
- Australia: $9,231,000
- The Netherlands: $9,200,050
- Qatar: $8,500,600
- Canada: $6,712,250
- Denmark: $5,543,000
- Japan: $4,856,774
- United Nations: $4,720,500
- World Bank: $3,485,700
- Switzerland: $3,395,500
- Taiwan: $3,250,000
Interestingly, it appears that many think tankers do not even know the funders of their own think tanks.
Think Tank Watch should note that many colleges and universities also receive significant amounts of funding from foreign governments and international institutions. George Washington University, for example, has received $80 million in funding from foreign governments in recent years.
And the Wall Street Journal has just reported that the US Department of Education has opened an investigation into Harvard and Yale as part of a continuing review that it says has found US universities failed to report at least $6.5 billion in foreign funding.
Update: Here is what Dan Drezner of Tufts University thinks about FITI's new report.