Grants for educational institutions

32,246 schools and educational institutions received at least $19.4 billion in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 49,186 grants made from 15,463 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,500. Of these 15,463 foundations, 52% made just a single grant to schools, and 16% made grants to four or more schools. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$19,366,904,381
Total grant dollars given to educational institutions
49,186
Number of grants made annually to educational institutions
15,463
Number of grantmakers funding educational institutions
$1,500
Median grant size to educational institutions

Foundations that support schools and educational institutions

Out of all grants made to educational institutions, 84% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 44% of the dollar-value of grants to schools. Foundations funding schools also made grants to universities, public health programs, community clinics, general hospitals, and educational service providers.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
12,990
Medium
 
1,460
Large
 
997
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
 
205
Private
 
13,062
Corporate
 
469
Other
 
1,727

Grants made

Grants made to schoolsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
8,161
2-3
 
4,703
4-10
 
2,208
11+
 
391

Top 10 foundations supporting schools and educational institutions

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to schoolsNumber of grants made to schoolsMedian grant size
Gothic CorporationNCMetro100.0%2$1,504,275,093
Duke UniversityNCMetro99.1%7$0
Nyu Langone HospitalsNYMetro88.5%1$882,312,690
Mount Sinai HospitalNYMetro78.4%7$58,458,000
Ohio State University Physicians (OSUP)OHMetro100.0%5$101,042,237
The Lord Foundation of North CarolinaNCMetro66.7%3$261,795,784
Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationWANational11.0%69$3,909,000
Big Ten Conference (B1G)ILRegional37.0%9$54,280,781
Saint Joseph Health (SJH)WAMetro14.9%1$452,895,679
National Philanthropic TrustPANational20.1%26$6,379,158

Schools and educational institutions grantees

Educational institutions with more than $5 million in total revenues received 96% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 60% of all schools.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
48,078
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
1,108

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,032
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,750
>$5M
 
$1,700

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
5,097
New York
 
5,038
Massachusetts
 
3,059
Pennsylvania
 
2,706
Other
 
33,286

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
4,435
Chicago
 
2,117
Boston
 
2,109
Los Angeles
 
1,783
Other
 
34,110

Top 25 grants made to educational institutions

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Duke University$1,504,279,593SupportGothic Corporation
Duke University$1,504,270,593FMVGothic Corporation
New York University (NYU)$882,312,690Support Clinical, Educational, and Research Activities of Nyu School of Medicine.Nyu Langone Hospitals
Gothic Corporation$872,006,506FMVDuke University
Flintridge Preparatory School$452,895,679AccrualSaint Joseph Health (SJH)
Ohio State University$325,379,066Ohio State University Physicians (OSUP)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai$317,049,180CostMount Sinai Hospital
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai$317,049,180CostMount Sinai Hospital
Gothic HSP Corporation$314,079,830FMVDuke University Health System
Duke University$266,517,700General SupportThe Lord Foundation of North Carolina
Duke University$261,795,784Cash Contribution To Establish Various Endowments To Support Pratt School of Engineering & Duke Univ.The Lord Foundation of North Carolina
Regents of the University of California at Berkeley$247,666,646Support EducationUniversity of California Berkeley Foundation
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)$213,556,087EducationNational Philanthropic Trust
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois$206,255,185Support for the University of IllinoisUniversity of Illinois Foundation
Regents of the University of Colorado$180,789,283See Part IvUniversity of Colorado Foundation
University of Oregon Foundation$178,018,647Activities of University of OregonU of O Foundation Supporting Organization
University of Oregon Foundation$178,018,647FMVU of O Foundation Supporting Organization
CoxHealth$167,025,613CostLester E Cox Medical Centers
Apwa-Asp University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy$166,120,154University SupportUniversity of Nebraska Foundation
Ohio State University$129,868,842Ohio State University Physicians (OSUP)
Stanford University$121,264,579BookStanford Health Care
Emory University$119,510,943Support Winship Cancer Institute and Woodruff Health Sciences Center Programs and FacilitiesRobert W Woodruff Health Sciences Center Fund
Stanford University$113,641,277Children's HealthLucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Ohio State University$101,042,237Ohio State University Physicians (OSUP)
Harvard University$100,000,000Support for Education and ResearchBlavatnik 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 "Educational institutions" category for this page is determined by the "B00: Education: General" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.