Foundations and grantmaking organizations

There are 146,629 foundations in the United States. Combined, these foundations employ 57,773 people, earn more than $178 billion in revenue each year, and have assets of $1 trillion.
Subcategories within foundations and grantmaking organizations:

Types of foundations

Nonprofit typeNumberRevenues
 
111,018
 
$113,602,908,016
 
18,263
 
$58,473,175,079
 
4,406
 
$23,925,021,892
 
3,521
 
$191,811,647
 
842
 
$389,571,223
 
177
 
$706,336,371
 
134
 
$3,000,799
 
105
 
$136,827,424
 
17
 
$14,013,262
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Job trends for Foundations

Employees per organizationNumber of organizations
0
 
10,109
1-10
 
2,614
11-25
 
539
26-100
 
369
101 to 1,000
 
95
1,000+
 
2
Key takeaways for employment stats:

Sizes of foundations

Revenues per organizationNumber of organizations
< $250k
 
80,190
$250k to $1M
 
17,244
$1M to $5M
 
9,168
$5M to $25M
 
2,886
$25M to $100M
 
626
$100M+
 
224
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.