Grants for adult education centers

732 adult education and esl centers received at least $52.2 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 970 grants made from 773 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 773 foundations, 90% made just a single grant to adult ed centers, and 1% made grants to four or more adult ed centers. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$52,189,592
Total grant dollars given to adult education centers
970
Number of grants made annually to adult education centers
773
Number of grantmakers funding adult education centers
$1,000
Median grant size to adult education centers

Foundations that support adult education and esl centers

Out of all grants made to adult education centers, 75% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 96% of the dollar-value of grants to adult ed centers. Foundations funding adult ed centers also made grants to homeless shelters, food banks, theaters, youth development programs, and universities.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
586
Medium
 
98
Large
 
88
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
 
27
Private
 
648
Corporate
 
52
Other
 
46

Grants made

Grants made to adult ed centersNumber of grantmakers
1
 
698
2-3
 
60
4-10
 
11
11+
 
4

Top 10 foundations supporting adult education and esl centers

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to adult ed centersNumber of grants made to adult ed centersMedian grant size
Dollar General Literacy FoundationTNNational1.0%41$3,000
Community Foundation of Collier CountyFLNational0.2%18$1,141
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%15$104
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%11$500
Westrock FoundationGANational0.0%10$20
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.0%6$750
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.0%6$475
The Pitney Bowes FoundationCTNational0.6%5$2,750
Community Foundation of North Texas (NTXCF)TXState0.0%5$1,000
Arkansas Community FoundationARState0.0%5$1,000

Adult education and ESL centers grantees

Adult education centers with more than $5 million in total revenues received 86% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 23% of all adult ed centers.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
964
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
6

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$2,500
$100k-$500k
 
$2,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,575
>$5M
 
$500

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
180
New York
 
144
Texas
 
54
Florida
 
54
Other
 
538

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
San Francisco
 
152
New York City
 
135
Boston
 
34
Washington DC
 
26
Other
 
550

Top 25 grants made to adult education centers

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Education at Work$15,857,962FMVStrada Education Network
Education at Work$15,857,962FMVStrada Education Network
Aspire Community Development Corporation$5,505,744Agricultural DevelopmentBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Education at Work$5,275,000FMVStrada Education Network
Education at Work$5,275,000FMVStrada Education Network
Wikimedia Foundation (WMF)$2,541,000Project SupportTides Foundation
Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE)$5,000BenevolentThe Jonathan H Poorvu Foundation
Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley$5,000Family LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Kleberg County Adult Literacy Council (KCALC)$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Eastern Shore Literacy Council$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Twin Lakes Literacy Council$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Forsyth County Certified Literate Community Program$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Racine Literacy Council$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Lafayette County Literacy Council$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Literacy New York Greater Capital$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Montgomery County Literacy Project$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County$5,000Adult LiteracyDollar General Literacy Foundation
Harvard Business School Interactive$5,000ScholarshipCaldwell C W Scholarship Fund
The Litquake Foundation$5,000To Support Educational ProgramsThistlewood Foundation
Operation Never Forgotten (ONF)$5,000B60 Adult Continuing EdThe Community Foundation of Louisville Depository
St Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center$5,000EducationDTE Energy Foundation
North House Folk School$5,000General SupportInFaith Community Foundation (ICF)
Literacy Partners$5,000General Operating SupportJ M Kaplan Fund
The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art$5,000Social SupportThe Bunny Williams 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 education centers" category for this page is determined by the "B60: Adult, Continuing Education" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.