Grants for adult / child mentoring programs

409 adult / child mentoring and big brother and sister programs received at least $1.7 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 767 grants made from 546 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,500. Of these 546 foundations, 89% made just a single grant to mentoring programs, and 3% made grants to four or more mentoring programs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$1,651,949
Total grant dollars given to adult / child mentoring programs
767
Number of grants made annually to adult / child mentoring programs
546
Number of grantmakers funding adult / child mentoring programs
$1,500
Median grant size to adult / child mentoring programs

Foundations that support adult / child mentoring and big brother and sister programs

Out of all grants made to adult / child mentoring programs, 71% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 10% of the dollar-value of grants to mentoring programs. Foundations funding mentoring programs also made grants to youth development programs, multiservice human service organizations, homeless shelters, boys and girls clubs, and youth service organizations.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
392
Medium
 
77
Large
 
76
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
 
34
Private
 
399
Corporate
 
43
Other
 
70

Grants made

Grants made to mentoring programsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
487
2-3
 
38
4-10
 
14
11+
 
7

Top 10 foundations supporting adult / child mentoring and big brother and sister programs

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to mentoring programsNumber of grants made to mentoring programsMedian grant size
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%24$250
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%19$250
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.0%14$500
Alliant Energy FoundationWIState0.7%12$1,297
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%11$250
Carmax FoundationVANational0.0%11$250
Westrock FoundationGANational0.0%11$67
Baird FoundationWINational0.2%10$250
Charity Partners FoundationMANational0.6%10$7
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.0%10$100

Adult / child mentoring and big brother and sister programs grantees

Adult / child mentoring programs with more than $5 million in total revenues received 15% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 15% of all mentoring programs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
767
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
0

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$480
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$2,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,500

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Florida
 
70
California
 
59
Wisconsin
 
57
Texas
 
43
Other
 
538

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
40
Boston
 
35
Tampa
 
26
San Francisco
 
23
Other
 
583

Top 25 grants made to adult / child mentoring programs

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago$5,000Unrestricted GeneralThe A Montgomery Ward Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star$5,000General SupportLittle Big Shot
Kinship Partners$5,000Youth Support ActivitiesThe Anderson Family Legacy Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta$5,000Metro Atl Eat-Cook-GrowTW Price Gilbert JR Charitable Fund
Ohuddle Incorporated$5,000Shared Transportation CostCharles W and Laura B Frick Irr
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry$5,000General PurposePatrick Family Foundation
Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program$5,000EducationThe Detroit Public Schools Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana$5,000CharitableLarson Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin$5,000Community Impact GrantM3 Insurance Foundation
N H N T X$5,000Funding Programs Dedicated To Helping At-Risk Children and Teens Growing Up in Environments of Poverty, Academic Failure and HopelessnessOverflowing Hands Belarussian Outreach
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas$5,000UnrestrictedJena and Bob Gallagher Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast$5,000EntreprenuershipThe Richard M Schulze Family Foundation
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Los Angeles$5,000General SupportDavid Geffen Foundation
Big City Mountaineers$5,000Collaboration Grant With the the Cairn ProjectSocial and Environmental Entrepreneurs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County$5,000Exempt Purpose of the OrganizationBill Deputy Foundation
Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program$5,000EducationDTE Energy Foundation
Developing Relationship through Education Athletics and Mentoring$5,000North Omaha Building Brains in BarbershopsThe Lozier Foundation
Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program$5,000Program SupportThe Miami Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City$5,000Program SupportThe Miami Foundation
National Cares Mentoring Movement$5,000The Hbcu Rising: A Campus-Public Schools Literacy and Stem Mentoring InitiativeGeorgia Power
Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring$5,000General FundRichard and Arline Landers Foundation
Drink at the Well$5,000UnrestrictedCape Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio (BBBS)$5,000Social ServicesThe Columbus Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County$5,000Social ServicesThe Columbus Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio (BBBS)$5,000Social ServicesThe Columbus Foundation
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 "Adult / child mentoring programs" category for this page is determined by the "O30: Adult, Child Matching Programs" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.