Grants for community colleges

153 community colleges received at least $18.7 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 290 grants made from 238 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $2,000. Of these 238 foundations, 86% made just a single grant to community colleges, and 1% made grants to four or more community colleges. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$18,724,788
Total grant dollars given to community colleges
290
Number of grants made annually to community colleges
238
Number of grantmakers funding community colleges
$2,000
Median grant size to community colleges

Foundations that support community colleges

Out of all grants made to community colleges, 76% 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 community colleges. Foundations funding community colleges also made grants to universities, colleges, food banks, art museums, and theaters.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
183
Medium
 
20
Large
 
35
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
 
9
Private
 
193
Corporate
 
16
Other
 
20

Grants made

Grants made to community collegesNumber of grantmakers
1
 
205
2-3
 
29
4-10
 
4
11+
 
0

Top 10 foundations supporting community colleges

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to community collegesNumber of grants made to community collegesMedian grant size
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%6$2,750
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%6$62
The Richard M Schulze Family FoundationMNMetro0.0%5$5,000
Castelli Charitable TrustPAState5.4%4$500
Tulsa Community FoundationOKNational0.0%3$5,000
Watson-Brown FoundationGANational0.3%3$4,500
Collision Repair Education FoundationILNational2.7%3$2,800
The Bruno and Lena Degol Family FoundPAState2.8%3$1,250
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.1%3$500
LPL Financial FoundationMANational0.1%3$500

Community colleges grantees

Community colleges with more than $5 million in total revenues received 99% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 91% of all community colleges.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
285
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
5

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$3,500
$100k-$500k
 
$2,537
$500k-$1M
 
$2,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,550
>$5M
 
$2,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Pennsylvania
 
62
Virginia
 
27
Missouri
 
19
North Carolina
 
16
Other
 
166

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Philadelphia
 
20
Roanoke
 
19
St. Louis
 
18
Minneapolis
 
15
Other
 
152

Top 25 grants made to community colleges

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Baker College Online$4,864,362Operations/scholarshipsJewell Educational Fund
Bryn Mawr College$4,186,353Institute of International Education
Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago$3,386,469Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Grants - Operating SupportJewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF)
Salt Lake Community College$3,128,598Total Expense of Scholarships, Tea & Donor Directed FundsSalt Lake Community College Foundation
Williamson College of the Trades$2,500,000General SupportHenry M. Rowan Family Foundation
Agnes Scott College$5,000Not SpecifiedThe Margaret Virginia Philip Foundation
Isothermal Community College$5,000Assist Teachers in Continuing EducationCenter for Occupational Research and Development (CORD)
Ursinus College$5,000Aac&u: Institute GrantInterfaith Youth Core
St. Olaf College$5,000Aac&u: Institute GrantInterfaith Youth Core
Earlham College$5,000Iac Project SupportCommunity Foundation of Randolph County
Concordia College$5,000Partners ExhibitionThe Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe
Allegheny College$5,000UnrestrictedHenry E and Laurana S Fish Foundation
Mitchell College$5,000Fy'19 Matching GiftsDeloitte Foundation
United Tribes Technical College$5,000Support for Making Scholarship Program at the College.The Tom and Frances Leach Foundation
Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC)$5,000Student Scholarship for Students in Need of Financial Assistance.The Tom and Frances Leach Foundation
Concordia College$5,000Grant in Support of the Organization's Ongoing Operations.Esmond Nissim Foundation
Occidental College$5,000Core ProgramsCalifornia Humanities
Oglala Lakota College$5,000GeneralWilliam M Hales Foundation
Mercy College$5,000Charitable SupportPCSB Community Foundation
Roanoke College$5,000To Support Education and the Cregger Center.Flax Family Foundation
Montreat College$5,000ScholarshipsThe Edward M Armfield SR Foundation
Wittenberg University$5,000Matching GrantsAbbvie Foundation
St Vincent's College$5,000EducationalThe Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
St. Olaf College$5,000EducationThe Richard M Schulze Family Foundation
St. Olaf College$5,000EducationThe Richard M Schulze Family 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 "Community colleges" category for this page is determined by the "B41: Community College, Jr. College" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.