The Hudson Institute’s Index of Philanthropic Freedom


The Hudson Institute’s Index of Philanthropic Freedom assesses the level of philanthropic freedom around the world and provides recommendations for policymakers. The 2015 version of the Index was designed to identify the barriers and incentives for individuals and organizations to donate resources (money and time) to social causes.

The study was led by the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Prosperity. ICNL was pleased to serve as a project partner on this initiative, which provides important analytical information on the legal framework for philanthropy around the world. ICNL’s President Douglas Rutzen also gave a presentation on philanthropy trends from a historical and global perspective at Hudson Institute to commemorate the launch of the study in 2013.


Legal Framework for Global Philanthropy: Barriers and Opportunities