Grants for fraternities and sororities

509 fraternities and sororities received at least $602,752 in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 285 grants made from 246 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,500. Of these 246 foundations, 91% made just a single grant to frats and sororities, and 2% made grants to four or more frats and sororities. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$602,752
Total grant dollars given to fraternities and sororities
285
Number of grants made annually to fraternities and sororities
246
Number of grantmakers funding fraternities and sororities
$1,500
Median grant size to fraternities and sororities

Foundations that support fraternities and sororities

Out of all grants made to fraternities and sororities, 80% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 15% of the dollar-value of grants to frats and sororities. Foundations funding frats and sororities also made grants to universities, colleges, food banks, educational institutions, and religious organizations.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
197
Medium
 
30
Large
 
18
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
 
2
Private
 
215
Corporate
 
15
Other
 
14

Grants made

Grants made to frats and sororitiesNumber of grantmakers
1
 
225
2-3
 
16
4-10
 
5
11+
 
0

Top 10 foundations supporting fraternities and sororities

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to frats and sororitiesNumber of grants made to frats and sororitiesMedian grant size
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.0%8$175
Arthur J Gallagher FoundationILNational0.1%5$150
Paul Lauzier Scholarship FoundationWAMetro1.9%4$3,500
Alpha Xi Delta FoundationINMetro6.6%4$2,805
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%4$522
Mass Society for Univ Education of WomenMAMetro33.3%3$4,000
Watson-Brown FoundationGANational0.3%3$4,500
Carmax FoundationVANational0.0%3$240
T D Frank Thomson ScholarshipsNVState9.2%2$4,575
Alpha Delta Pi FoundationGANational0.7%2$3,972

Fraternities and sororities grantees

Fraternities and sororities with more than $5 million in total revenues received 27% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 20% of all frats and sororities.

Grant amounts

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

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,500
$100k-$500k
 
$1,750
$500k-$1M
 
$500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$2,930

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Massachusetts
 
30
New York
 
23
Pennsylvania
 
22
Indiana
 
22
Other
 
188

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Boston
 
29
Indianapolis
 
16
New York City
 
10
Jacksonville, FL
 
10
Other
 
184

Top 25 grants made to fraternities and sororities

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology$5,000Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC)
Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology$5,000Charitable- for EducationNabholz Charitable Foundation
Delta Upsilon Fraternity - Lehigh Univ Delta Upsilon Assoc$5,000Robert E Behmer ScholarshipSpeedwell Foundation
Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology$5,000ScholarshipLesher Fbo F&M Coll Etal-Shl FDN-TR
Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology$5,000Educational - General Tax Exempt PurposeDB Anderson Charitable Foundation
Alpha Tau Omega (ATO)$5,000To Provide Assistance To Recognize Ato'S Most Outstanding Senior Candidates for Undergraduate Degrees.Norton Family Foundation
Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology$5,000General SupportMutualOne Charitable Foundation
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Corporation$5,000GeneralWeigle Family Foundation
Psi Chi the International Honor Society in Psychology$5,000EducationFund for Education
Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology$5,000ScholarshipsConstance and Carl Ferris Charitable
Psi Chi the International Honor Society in Psychology$5,000UnrestrictedThe Saramar Charitable Fund
Pope John Paul Ii at University of Florida Council 13900$5,000ScholarshipBlanche M & George L Watts Mountainside Comm Fdtn
Latinos Unidos Del Condado de Sonoma$5,000For Core Operating Support To Serve and Assist the Children of Farm Workers in Sonoma County Through Educational Outreach and Scholarships.California Wellness Foundation
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi - 285 Berry College$5,000ScholarshipsThe Mabel Amos Memorial Fund Regions Bank Trustee
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity / University of Texas Tyler$5,0004-h ScholarshipsRichard Wallrath Educational Foundation
Psi Chi the International Honor Society in Psychology$5,000SocialHarry A Lieberman Foundation
Unc Chapel Hill Alpha Phi House Corporation$5,000General CharitableDavid and Terri Kester Foundation
Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology$5,000Contribution To Educational Institution.Nydick Family Foundation
Phi Kappa Psi FND Phi Psi Foundation$5,000Other (Literacy, Computers, Libraries)Greater Houston Community Foundation
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority / Beta Eta Chapter$5,000For Grant ReceipientBVM Capacity Building Institute
Psi Chi the International Honor Society in Psychology$5,000Tuition Scholarship - Skylar S. LesserPaul Lauzier Scholarship Foundation
Sigma Sigma Sigma Incorporated$5,000EducationalThe Glenridge Charitable Foundation
Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology$5,000Covid ReliefHarry S & Isabel C Cameron Foundation
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity - Northern Kentucky University$5,000ScholarshipsWheeler Charitable Trust Foundation
Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology$5,000InstitutionaladvancementThe-Cord Of Three-Foundation Charitable Trust
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 "Fraternities and sororities" category for this page is determined by the "B83: Student Sororities, Fraternities" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.