Grants for adoption agencies

212 adoption centers received at least $19.6 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 338 grants made from 249 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 249 foundations, 89% made just a single grant to adoption agencies, and 4% made grants to four or more adoption agencies. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$19,632,041
Total grant dollars given to adoption agencies
338
Number of grants made annually to adoption agencies
249
Number of grantmakers funding adoption agencies
$1,000
Median grant size to adoption agencies

Foundations that support adoption centers

Out of all grants made to adoption agencies, 73% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 97% of the dollar-value of grants to adoption agencies. Foundations funding adoption agencies also made grants to educational service providers, food banks, animal shelters, homeless shelters, and boys and girls clubs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
184
Medium
 
34
Large
 
31
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
8
Private
 
191
Corporate
 
21
Other
 
29

Grants made

Grants made to adoption agenciesNumber of grantmakers
1
 
224
2-3
 
13
4-10
 
9
11+
 
3

Top 10 foundations supporting adoption centers

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to adoption agenciesNumber of grants made to adoption agenciesMedian grant size
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%14$1,225
Westrock FoundationGANational0.0%12$6
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%11$520
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.0%8$100
Baird FoundationWINational0.2%7$1,000
Greater Worcester Community FoundationMAMetro0.2%6$1,290
Carmax FoundationVANational0.1%6$500
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%5$2,000
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.0%5$1,500
Arthur J Gallagher FoundationILNational0.1%5$105

Adoption centers grantees

Adoption agencies with more than $5 million in total revenues received 97% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 28% of all adoption agencies.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
336
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
2

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Texas
 
55
California
 
23
Virginia
 
22
Illinois
 
22
Other
 
216

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Dallas
 
25
Chicago
 
22
Washington DC
 
17
Houston
 
17
Other
 
236

Top 25 grants made to adoption agencies

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Bethany Christian Services$16,196,878Refugee ResettlementLutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA)$2,765,827To Support Scaling PlanBlue Meridian Partners
Show Hope$5,000Grant for Adoption Education And/or CampThe Giving Back Fund (GBF)
Show Hope$5,000Grant for Adoption Education And/or CampThe Giving Back Fund (GBF)
Holt International Children's Services$5,000AssistanceThe Edwards Family Foundation
Sparrow Clubs USA 906 Ne Greenwood #2$5,000Sponsorship of ChildWeitzman Family Foundation
Yatom the Jewish Foster and Adoption Network$5,000Jewish Foster & Adoption NetworkJoseph and May Winston Foundation
Family Builders$5,000General SupportSilva Watson Moonwalk Fund
Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center$5,000General Operating SupportJP Morgan Chase Foundation
Child Crisis Arizona$5,000General SupportPhoenix Suns Charities
Pathways for Little Feet$5,000Support Toward Mission of Providing Sustainable Care for Orphaned Children.Robert and Janice McNair Foundation
Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association$5,000Program SupportVeterans United Foundation
Adoption Related Services of Pinellas$5,000Support Findings and Recommendations of Ccat Through General Operating Funding Towards Organization's Capacity.Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
Creative Adoptions$5,000Adoption ServicesAmy's Legacy Foundation
The Datz Foundation$5,000Adoption ServicesAmy's Legacy Foundation
Childrens Home Society of Washington$5,000Feed Your Brain GrantSCHOOL'S Out Washington (SOWA)
Heart Gallery of Alabama$5,000SupportHill Crest Foundation
Christian Works for Children$5,000The Establishment and Operation of Camp ErinEluna Formerly the Moyer Foundation
Pathways for Little Feet$5,000Child AdoptionScurlock Foundation
Gladney Center for Adoption$5,000Annual FundVan Beuren Charitable Foundation (vBCF)
Heart Gallery of Alabama$5,000General Operating BudgetAltecstyslinger Foundation
Helpusadoptorg$5,000Community DevelopmentHerbert Bearman Foundation
Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)$5,000General SupportOrphan Outreach
Holt International Children's Services$5,000Keeping Families TogetherAll Life Foundation
Children's Home Society of Virginia$5,000General SupportMary Washington Healthcare
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Adoption agencies" category for this page is determined by the "P31: Adoption" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.