Foundations and grantmaking organizations

There are 156,010 foundations in the United States. Combined, these foundations employ 52,844 people, earn more than $185 billion in revenue each year, and have assets of $1 trillion.
Subcategories within foundations and grantmaking organizations:

Types of foundations

Nonprofit typeNumberRevenues
 
120,976
 
$115,786,844,971
 
19,026
 
$63,286,929,030
 
4,457
 
$25,802,173,010
 
3,164
 
$141,852,239
 
744
 
$449,184,698
 
180
 
$819,323,046
 
122
 
$2,955,519
 
97
 
$221,217,849
 
15
 
$11,548,283
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Job trends for Foundations

Employees per organizationNumber of organizations
0
 
10,466
1-10
 
2,529
11-25
 
527
26-100
 
345
101 to 1,000
 
89
1,000+
 
2

Sizes of foundations

Revenues per organizationNumber of organizations
< $250k
 
89,134
$250k to $1M
 
17,267
$1M to $5M
 
9,182
$5M to $25M
 
2,865
$25M to $100M
 
654
$100M+
 
212
Key takeaways for revenue stats:

Directory of foundations


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Methodology: Cause IQ mines all tax-exempt organizations that file a Form 990 or 990PF with the IRS. We exclude Form 990EZ and Postcard filers, which are high in number but very small in size. We collect and aggregate this information from OCR'd paper taxreturns, XML e-file taxreturns, IRS-provided extract, the Business Master File, and Cause IQ secret sauce for data cleaning, categorization, classification, analytics, etc.
This category corresponds to the "T00: Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations: General" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.