Grants for christian organizations

6,834 christian nonprofit organizations received at least $221.9 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 6,456 grants made from 3,380 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,112. Of these 3,380 foundations, 71% made just a single grant to christian orgs, and 7% made grants to four or more christian orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$221,883,607
Total grant dollars given to christian organizations
6,456
Number of grants made annually to christian organizations
3,380
Number of grantmakers funding christian organizations
$1,112
Median grant size to christian organizations

Foundations that support christian nonprofit organizations

Out of all grants made to christian organizations, 84% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 70% of the dollar-value of grants to christian orgs. Foundations funding christian orgs also made grants to religious organizations, religious media organizations, multiservice human service organizations, international humanitarian organizations, and food banks.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
2,870
Medium
 
272
Large
 
235
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
 
85
Private
 
2,888
Corporate
 
133
Other
 
274

Grants made

Grants made to christian orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
2,425
2-3
 
718
4-10
 
193
11+
 
44

Top 10 foundations supporting christian nonprofit organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to christian orgsNumber of grants made to christian orgsMedian grant size
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.5%129$500
Greater Chicago Food DepositoryILMetro15.3%89$1,500
Arthur J Gallagher FoundationILNational6.1%83$1,000
Community Foundation of North Texas (NTXCF)TXState0.7%74$1,500
Church Mutual Insurance Company FoundationWINational4.7%73$725
Baird FoundationWINational1.3%71$500
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.2%69$1,000
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.5%55$1,000
Albemarle FoundationNCNational0.5%45$500
Los Angeles Regional Food BankCAMetro0.2%41$800

Christian nonprofit organizations grantees

Christian organizations with more than $5 million in total revenues received 81% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 33% of all christian orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
6,429
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
27

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,500
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,487
>$5M
 
$1,410

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
765
Texas
 
682
North Carolina
 
529
Florida
 
444
Other
 
4,036

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Los Angeles
 
470
Chicago
 
373
New York City
 
344
Colorado Springs
 
323
Other
 
4,182

Top 25 grants made to christian organizations

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana$40,423,098General SupportTrinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)
Word of Life Fellowship$18,750,593MinistryWord of Life Foundation
Kids Across America$16,297,786All Company AssetsKids Across America (KAA)
Billy Graham Library Endowment Trust Fund$13,772,902CashBilly Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA)
Knights of Columbus$13,303,157Fair Market ValueKnights of Columbus - Supreme Council
International Cooperating$10,600,000Trust for Rehabilitation and Nurturing Youth and Families
e3 Partners Ministry$9,809,447General SupportPure Charity
Faith and Liberty Discovery Center LLC$9,696,056FMVAmerican Bible Society (ABS)
Knights of Columbus$8,540,000Support for Saint John Paul Ii National ShrineKnights of Columbus - Supreme Council
Catholic Charities USA$6,230,605Program ExpensesNational Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Divine Mercy Corporation$6,000,000Coca Crops Substitution Project - ColumbiaHoward G Buffett Foundation (HGBF)
Samaritan's Purse$5,046,75018 Grant(s) for Varying PurposesThe Winston-Salem Foundation
Legion of Christ Proforma$4,710,000See Part IvOmega Charitable Developers
Young Life$4,325,000Youth DevelopmentGreater Houston Community Foundation
Archdiocese of New York$4,294,881Financial Aid GrantInner City Scholarship Fund
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles$3,440,697General Program SupportCatholic Charities of California
Masters Grace Fund$3,408,750Ministry SupportWaterStone
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio$3,316,443Refugee ResettlementRefugee Services of Texas
Xperience Church$3,226,445SupportOsborne Family Foundation
WaterStone$3,183,298Fair Market ValueWaterstone Support Foundation
WaterStone$3,183,298General SupportWaterstone Support Foundation
Congregation at Duke University Chapel$3,180,000EducationKarsh Family Foundation
Capuchin Province of Mid-America Mission Fund$3,105,933Preparing Future PriestsCatholic Foundation Northern Colorado
Children at Heart Ministries$3,004,231CashChildren At Heart Ministries
Children at Heart Ministries$3,004,231CashChildren At Heart Ministries
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 "Christian organizations" category for this page is determined by the "X20: Christian" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.