Grants for foster care systems

735 foster care organizations received at least $112.7 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 1,530 grants made from 1,055 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,550. Of these 1,055 foundations, 85% made just a single grant to foster care systems, and 3% made grants to four or more foster care systems. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$112,730,169
Total grant dollars given to foster care systems
1,530
Number of grants made annually to foster care systems
1,055
Number of grantmakers funding foster care systems
$1,550
Median grant size to foster care systems

Foundations that support foster care organizations

Out of all grants made to foster care systems, 79% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 97% of the dollar-value of grants to foster care systems. Foundations funding foster care systems also made grants to youth development programs, youth service organizations, homeless shelters, food banks, and multiservice human service organizations.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
836
Medium
 
95
Large
 
123
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
 
42
Private
 
854
Corporate
 
55
Other
 
104

Grants made

Grants made to foster care systemsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
897
2-3
 
124
4-10
 
24
11+
 
10

Top 10 foundations supporting foster care organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to foster care systemsNumber of grants made to foster care systemsMedian grant size
Ticket to Dream FoundationCANational12.6%43$1,697
Seattle FoundationWAState0.1%33$1,725
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.1%27$200
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%24$200
Westrock FoundationGANational0.0%21$33
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%20$1,958
Synchrony FoundationCTNational0.1%17$500
Carmax FoundationVANational0.2%15$1,000
Community Foundation of North Texas (NTXCF)TXState0.2%14$1,750
Arkansas Community FoundationARState0.0%14$1,125

Foster care organizations grantees

Foster care systems with more than $5 million in total revenues received 96% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 57% of all foster care systems.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
1,516
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
14

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$2,500
$500k-$1M
 
$2,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,802
>$5M
 
$1,500

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
260
Florida
 
189
Texas
 
122
Washington
 
112
Other
 
847

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Los Angeles
 
150
Seattle
 
105
New York City
 
88
Miami
 
77
Other
 
1,061

Top 25 grants made to foster care systems

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Youth Villages$14,000,000To Support Scaling PlanBlue Meridian Partners
Buckner International$13,268,992CashBuckner Foundation
Buckner International$13,268,992General SupportBuckner Foundation
Buckner International$12,428,000CashBuckner Foundation
Buckner International$12,428,000General SupportBuckner Foundation
The Children's Home Society of Florida$9,359,853Dependency Case ManagementChildNet
D.A. Blodgett - St John's$6,009,615Payment for Program Service ExpensesWest Michigan Partnership for Children
Wellspring Lutheran Services / Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan Inc$5,327,904Payment for Program Service ExpensesWest Michigan Partnership for Children
Camelot Community Care$4,681,163Dependency Case ManagementPartnership for Strong Families
Progressive Life Center (PLC)$4,458,126Program SupportDC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation
Eckerd Connects$4,124,553Job-TrainingPhiladelphia Works
Children's Wisconsin (CHW)$3,644,664Cash Paid/receivedChildren's Wisconsin / Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Inc (CHW)
Children's Wisconsin (CHW)$3,644,664Grants To AffiliateChildren's Wisconsin / Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Inc (CHW)
Youth Crisis Center$2,739,189Youth and Family ServicesFlorida Network of Youth and Family Services
Buckner International$5,000Food & Clothing for DallasCarrie S Orleans Trust
Wellspring Lutheran Services / Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan Inc$5,000Community FundOtsego Community Foundation
Olive Crest$5,000To Support "a Night in Tuscany - Inland & Desert CommunitiesInland Empire Community Foundation (TCF)
Texas Center for Child and Family Studies$5,000To Support the 2019 Texas Child Care Administrators Conference, Which Is Scheduled To Take Place on September 30 - October 2, 2019 in Austin Texas.Casey Family Programs
Bethany for Children and Families$5,000General SupportAlfaretta Young Tua
Thornwell$5,000UnrestrictedIrvin and Connie Pund Foundation
New Alternatives for Children$5,000For Donee's Exempt PurposeThe Wahrsager Foundation
Marin Foster Care Association$5,000General & UnrestrictedThe Upjohn Fund of San Francisco
Apache County Friends of Casa$5,000Grant Given in Memory of Peggy KimballFargo-Moorhead Area Foundation Corporation
The Children's Home Society of Florida$5,000General PurposeThe John and Judi O'Steen Family Foundation
Angels Foster Care of Santa Barbara$5,000GeneralThe Greene 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 "Foster care systems" category for this page is determined by the "P32: Foster Care" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.