Foundations and grantmaking organizations

There are 179,761 foundations in the United States. Combined, these foundations employ 52,543 people, earn more than $195 billion in revenue each year, and have assets of $1 trillion.
Subcategories within foundations and grantmaking organizations:

Types of foundations

Nonprofit typeNumberRevenues
 
141,108
 
$120,247,839,299
 
20,091
 
$67,876,068,834
 
3,655
 
$164,635,672
 
3,170
 
$17,236,957,484
 
2,961
 
$10,586,009,349
 
830
 
$381,924,056
 
227
 
$850,391,259
 
149
 
$4,455,640
 
102
 
$403,294,995
 
21
 
$12,128,372
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Job trends for Foundations

Employees per organizationNumber of organizations
0
 
10,636
1-10
 
2,461
11-25
 
529
26-100
 
338
101 to 1,000
 
81
1,000+
 
3

Sizes of foundations

Revenues per organizationNumber of organizations
< $250k
 
100,017
$250k to $1M
 
17,105
$1M to $5M
 
9,161
$5M to $25M
 
3,028
$25M to $100M
 
656
$100M+
 
217
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.