Foundations and grantmaking organizations

There are 146,686 foundations in the United States. Combined, these foundations employ 52,652 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
 
112,331
 
$122,983,252,373
 
18,809
 
$60,071,310,754
 
4,435
 
$26,195,433,480
 
3,098
 
$175,061,599
 
723
 
$426,005,110
 
179
 
$849,919,560
 
121
 
$2,460,322
 
94
 
$215,471,995
 
15
 
$11,562,163
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Job trends for Foundations

Employees per organizationNumber of organizations
0
 
10,065
1-10
 
2,487
11-25
 
503
26-100
 
346
101 to 1,000
 
87
1,000+
 
2

Sizes of foundations

Revenues per organizationNumber of organizations
< $250k
 
81,952
$250k to $1M
 
17,346
$1M to $5M
 
9,318
$5M to $25M
 
2,912
$25M to $100M
 
664
$100M+
 
231
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.