Foundations and grantmaking organizations

There are 169,476 foundations in the United States. Combined, these foundations employ 51,866 people, earn more than $189 billion in revenue each year, and have assets of $1 trillion.
Subcategories within foundations and grantmaking organizations:

Types of foundations

Nonprofit typeNumberRevenues
 
132,854
 
$119,110,861,615
 
19,445
 
$62,670,548,850
 
3,358
 
$174,422,346
 
3,066
 
$16,856,173,740
 
2,813
 
$9,745,512,300
 
785
 
$386,611,826
 
204
 
$850,317,450
 
138
 
$4,266,208
 
95
 
$281,181,667
 
16
 
$12,128,372
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Job trends for Foundations

Employees per organizationNumber of organizations
0
 
10,653
1-10
 
2,459
11-25
 
530
26-100
 
334
101 to 1,000
 
81
1,000+
 
3
Key takeaways for employment stats:

Sizes of foundations

Revenues per organizationNumber of organizations
< $250k
 
98,044
$250k to $1M
 
17,118
$1M to $5M
 
9,150
$5M to $25M
 
3,004
$25M to $100M
 
649
$100M+
 
220
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.