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While nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles areas receive considerable support from California foundations, other areas of the state are neglected, a new report says.

Published by the James Irvine Foundation, “Foundation Giving in California” analyzes foundation assets and grants on a county-by-county basis throughout the state for 2003.

While nine in 10 foundation asset dollars in California reside in the Bay and Los Angeles areas, many inland and northern counties are starved for foundation investment, the report says.

Almost one in three counties in the state received less than $10 per capita in foundation giving, while San Francisco’s per-capita rate reached $678 in 2003.

The Los Angeles and Bay areas were home to the largest number of foundations, and 14 counties were home to none, the report says.

Of the state’s 4,500 nonprofits receiving foundation grants, more than two in three have budgets under $2 million and more than half the grants they received were for less than $10,000.

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