Grants for emergency assistance programs

1,895 emergency assistance organizations received at least $48.6 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 2,899 grants made from 1,892 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 1,892 foundations, 84% made just a single grant to crisis programs, and 3% made grants to four or more crisis programs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$48,599,016
Total grant dollars given to emergency assistance programs
2,899
Number of grants made annually to emergency assistance programs
1,892
Number of grantmakers funding emergency assistance programs
$1,000
Median grant size to emergency assistance programs

Foundations that support emergency assistance organizations

Out of all grants made to emergency assistance programs, 80% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 89% of the dollar-value of grants to crisis programs. Foundations funding crisis programs also made grants to religious organizations, homeless shelters, multiservice human service organizations, food banks, and food distribution programs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
1,525
Medium
 
200
Large
 
164
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
 
58
Private
 
1,558
Corporate
 
105
Other
 
171

Grants made

Grants made to crisis programsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
1,596
2-3
 
227
4-10
 
43
11+
 
26

Top 10 foundations supporting emergency assistance organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to crisis programsNumber of grants made to crisis programsMedian grant size
Westrock FoundationGANational0.1%55$41
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%47$500
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.1%44$134
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%37$270
Baird FoundationWINational0.4%37$113
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.2%32$500
Arkansas Community FoundationARState0.1%28$1,000
Carmax FoundationVANational0.2%27$500
Alliant Energy FoundationWIState0.8%20$1,025

Emergency assistance organizations grantees

Emergency assistance programs with more than $5 million in total revenues received 91% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 18% of all crisis programs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
2,893
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
6

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,021
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Texas
 
249
New York
 
233
California
 
226
Florida
 
143
Other
 
2,048

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
229
Chicago
 
109
Seattle
 
86
Dallas
 
77
Other
 
2,131

Top 25 grants made to emergency assistance programs

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
GiveDirectly$22,500,000To Provide Covid-19 SupportBlue Meridian Partners
National Center for Victims of Crime$5,717,031Victims of 8/3/19 ShootingPaso Del Norte Community Foundation
Musicares Foundation$4,304,730Contributions and Program Service SupportRECORDING Academy
Single Stop USA$4,085,000GeneralRobin Hood Foundation / Tudor Charitable TR
Thorn$3,505,000Human ServicesSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Friendly House$2,988,041Housing and Stabilization AssistanceCentral Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA)
Bluffton Self Help$5,000General Operating SupportKathryn Davis Grado Foundation
Helping Hand of Hope$5,000P60 Emergency Assistance (Food Clothing Cash)Community Foundation of Louisville
Christians Purpose$5,000The Funeral Relief FundCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
Clothes for Kids$5,000Clothing for Children inHubbard Family Foundation
Person to Person (P2P)$5,000To Provide Emergency Assistance for Basic Needs Plus Other Support To Individuals and Families As They Move Toward Financial Stability.The Orchard Farm Foundation
Baby2Baby$5,000Public Support of Organization MissionThe Stanley and Joyce Black Family FOUNDATION
Lake Travis Crisis Ministries$5,000General FundGo
KC Mothers in Charge$5,000Administrative and Program Capacity BuildingH and R Block Foundation
Northeast Community Fund$5,000Charitable Contribution To Assist Needy FamiliesEdward Whinnery Trust
Cradles To Crayons$5,0002020 Montco Pa Covid-19 RepsonseMontgomery County Foundation
G Fred DiBona Jr Memorial Foundation$5,000General SupportDebenedictis Family Foundation
The Ark$5,000GeneralHarry and Bessye Rosenberg Charitable Trust
Cafe of Life$5,000EntreprenuershipThe Richard M Schulze Family Foundation
Ava's Heart$5,000General SupportDavid Geffen Foundation
Edja Foundation$5,000Charitable PurposeSegal Family Foundation (SFF)
Cross-Lines Community Outreach$5,000Given in Memory of Cathy GoodgerFargo-Moorhead Area Foundation Corporation
Morningday Community Solutions$5,000Warehouse Shopping ProgramThe Jim Moran Foundation
We Care$5,000General SupportBerrien Community Foundation
Immerse Arkansas$5,000General Operating SupportArkansas Community 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 "Emergency assistance programs" category for this page is determined by the "P60: Emergency Assistance" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.