Foundations and grantmaking organizations

There are 167,194 foundations in the United States. Combined, these foundations employ 49,779 people, earn more than $184 billion in revenue each year, and have assets of $1 trillion.
Subcategories within foundations and grantmaking organizations:

Types of foundations

Nonprofit typeNumberRevenues
 
130,040
 
$113,370,681,098
 
19,783
 
$64,640,332,238
 
3,416
 
$17,049,909,524
 
3,379
 
$128,075,163
 
1,808
 
$5,913,178,868
 
786
 
$583,008,622
 
200
 
$745,870,771
 
137
 
$2,121,540
 
96
 
$263,321,160
 
17
 
$11,493,704
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Job trends for Foundations

Employees per organizationNumber of organizations
0
 
10,463
1-10
 
2,421
11-25
 
500
26-100
 
323
101 to 1,000
 
84
1,000+
 
2
Key takeaways for employment stats:

Sizes of foundations

Revenues per organizationNumber of organizations
< $250k
 
93,716
$250k to $1M
 
16,785
$1M to $5M
 
9,066
$5M to $25M
 
2,821
$25M to $100M
 
651
$100M+
 
202
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.