Grants for fraternal societies

494 fraternal organizations received at least $94.1 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 394 grants made from 365 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 365 foundations, 93% made just a single grant to fraternal orgs, and 0% made grants to four or more fraternal orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$94,062,598
Total grant dollars given to fraternal societies
394
Number of grants made annually to fraternal societies
365
Number of grantmakers funding fraternal societies
$1,000
Median grant size to fraternal societies

Foundations that support fraternal organizations

Out of all grants made to fraternal societies, 83% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 99% of the dollar-value of grants to fraternal orgs. Foundations funding fraternal orgs also made grants to universities, religious organizations, art museums, animal shelters, and historical societies.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
303
Medium
 
36
Large
 
25
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
 
5
Private
 
297
Corporate
 
16
Other
 
47

Grants made

Grants made to fraternal orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
341
2-3
 
22
4-10
 
2
11+
 
0

Top 10 foundations supporting fraternal organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to fraternal orgsNumber of grants made to fraternal orgsMedian grant size
Fidelity FoundationMANational0.0%4$150
Fraternal Order of Eagles - 2303 AerieMIMetro1.8%4$50
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks - 83 Upper SanduskyOHState26.1%3$2,915
Afl-Cio New York City Central Labor CouncilNYMetro100.0%2$13,967,475
Social Service Employees Union Local 371 Administrative FundNYMetro98.7%2$13,115,091
CWA Local 1180 Administrative FundNYMetro93.2%2$10,621,929
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational1.2%2$1,251,000
The Fraternal Order of Eagles FoundationOHNational0.5%2$5,000
Optimist International FoundationMONational8.7%2$5,000
National Fraternal Order of Police FoundationDCNational7.4%2$4,487

Fraternal organizations grantees

Fraternal societies with more than $5 million in total revenues received 87% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 25% of all fraternal orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
384
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
10

Grant amount by grantee size

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

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
66
New York
 
65
Massachusetts
 
44
Texas
 
37
Other
 
182

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
69
Los Angeles
 
49
Boston
 
40
Dallas
 
30
Other
 
184

Top 25 grants made to fraternal societies

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Social Service Employees Union Local 371 Welfare Fund$20,770,485To Fund Benefits for A Related OrgSocial Service Employees Union Local 371 Administrative Fund
Retirees Welfare Fund$18,146,681To Fund BenefitsAfl-Cio New York City Central Labor Council
Municipal Management Society Local 1180 Cwa Security Benefit Fund$12,026,242To Fund Benefits for A Related FundCWA Local 1180 Administrative Fund
Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association Security Benefits Fund$9,788,270To Fund BenefitsAfl-Cio New York City Central Labor Council
Local 1180 Retirees Benefit Fund$9,217,616To Fund Benefits for A Related FundCWA Local 1180 Administrative Fund
Scottish Rite, NMJ - Supreme Council$6,792,106Expense Reimbursement32deg Scottish Rite Freemasonry Nmj (SRNMJ)
Municipal Forum of New York$6,036,041Dairy Promotion
Social Service Employees Union Local 371 Legal Service Fund$5,459,697To Fund Benefits for A Related OrgSocial Service Employees Union Local 371 Administrative Fund
Independent Order of Foresters Group Return$2,626,724The Independent Order of Foresters
The Urban Institute Employee Benefit Trust$2,500,000In Support of Research and EvaluationJP Morgan Chase Foundation
District Council 37 New York Public Library Health and Security Plan$5,000Charitable & EducationalHarry and Andrew H Rosenthal Foundation
Shriners International - Melha Shriners$5,000Sprceq Quiet Cast Saw SystemGreater Worcester Community Foundation
The Mclean Hospital Corporation Employee and Retiree Medical Trust$5,000General SupportManne Family Foundation
The Mclean Hospital Corporation Employee and Retiree Medical Trust$5,000SupportRowan T O'Riley Family Foundation
Ufcw Unions and Employers Health and Welfare Plan of Central Ohio$5,000DonationUnited Food and Commercial Workers Local 75
NY Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical CTR / NYSNA Retiree Medical Plan Trust$5,000General SupportAc Israel Foundation
Optimist International$5,000Adopt-A-Family ProgramEagles for Children
Fraternal Order of Police TN State$5,000Think Bigger CampaignNational Fraternal Order of Police Foundation
NY Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical CTR / NYSNA Retiree Medical Plan Trust$5,000Support for OperationsGershon and Lois Stern Family Foundation
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks - FL Keys Elks Lodge 1872$5,000To Support the Elks Club in the KeysTom Thumb Charity
Knights of Columbus$5,000Educational CharitiableBull Foundation
Knights of Columbus$5,000CharitableThe William E and Ann L Swan Foundation
Optimist International - Club 14184$5,000SupportAdams Fund
CHP 11 99 Foundation (CHP)$5,000To Support 37th Annual Bob Weinberg Golf Tournament.Guess
District Council 37 New York Public Library Health and Security Plan$5,000DonationZeitz 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 "Fraternal societies" category for this page is determined by the "Y40: Fraternal Beneficiary Societies and Voluntary Employees Associations" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.