Grants for garden clubs

156 garden clubs and horticultural programs received at least $5.4 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 237 grants made from 200 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 200 foundations, 89% made just a single grant to garden clubs, and 2% made grants to four or more garden clubs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$5,402,238
Total grant dollars given to garden clubs
237
Number of grants made annually to garden clubs
200
Number of grantmakers funding garden clubs
$1,000
Median grant size to garden clubs

Foundations that support garden clubs and horticultural programs

Out of all grants made to garden clubs, 68% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 93% of the dollar-value of grants to garden clubs. Foundations funding garden clubs also made grants to historical societies, universities, land conservation groups, art museums, and high schools.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
136
Medium
 
34
Large
 
30
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
 
9
Private
 
166
Corporate
 
17
Other
 
8

Grants made

Grants made to garden clubsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
179
2-3
 
17
4-10
 
3
11+
 
1

Top 10 foundations supporting garden clubs and horticultural programs

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to garden clubsNumber of grants made to garden clubsMedian grant size
Greater Worcester Community FoundationMAMetro0.4%11$1,379
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%5$500
Clif Bar Family FoundationCANational0.4%4$4,000
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.0%4$150
Nivin and Duncan Macmillan FoundationMNNational0.6%2$2,610
Eliasberg Family FoundationMDNational0.5%2$2,500
The Anne Hendricks Bass FoundationTXMetro0.5%2$1,750
Ernst and Elfriede Frank FoundationNYRegional0.6%2$1,750
Christel DeHaan Family FoundationINMetro0.1%2$1,500
The Robert E and Marcia L Schaub Family FoundationFLNational5.0%2$1,225

Garden clubs and horticultural programs grantees

Garden clubs with more than $5 million in total revenues received 96% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 39% of all garden clubs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
236
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
1

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
 
$1,379

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
48
Massachusetts
 
30
Virginia
 
13
Pennsylvania
 
13
Other
 
133

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
44
Worcester
 
19
Boston
 
10
Portland, OR
 
9
Other
 
121

Top 25 grants made to garden clubs

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
And Sculpture Park$5,000,000Capital CampaignMeijer
And Sculpture Park$5,000General SupportAdvisors Charitable Gift Fund
Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY)$5,000CharitableRudin Management Company
Biodynamic Association$5,000To Energize and Potentize the Biodynamic Community, Co-Creating Positive Transformation Through Dynamic Movement.Raymond Family Foundation
Cecil County Extension Advisory Council$5,000EducationThe Columbus Foundation
Portland Japanese Garden$5,000To Establish and Maintain A Formal Japanese Garden in the City of Portland for Educational, Scientific, Cultural, Literary & Charitable PurposeCollins Foundation
The Garden Conservancy$5,000Social BenefitsThe Bunny Williams Foundation
Becker Green Classroom$5,000Unrestricted ContributionParks Family Foundation
Tower Hill Botanic Garden$5,000Education ProgramsRockwell Foundation
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks$5,000Community OutreachMethodist Health System
Sage Gardeners$5,0002019 Senior Gardening ProgramDennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
Ste Genevieve County Master Gardeners$5,000General Operating SupportCommunity Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO)
Lake Minnetonka Garden Club$5,000Young Gardeners InitiativeNivin and Duncan Macmillan Foundation
Kalamazoo Garden Council$5,000Ramp ProjectTyler-Little Family Foundation
Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP)$5,000Pop Harvest ProgramNewman's Own Foundation
North Country Garden Club of Long Island$5,000GeneralThe Stebbins Fund
Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY)$5,000Culture and EducationThe Mam-Nwj Foundation
The Garden Conservancy$5,000General Charitable OperationsPatrick G and Shirley W Ryan Foundation
Biodynamic Association$5,000General UseGeary Rimmer Vincent Wolf Foundation
The Garden Club of Virginia$5,000Statewide Landscape PreservationThe Mraz Charitable Trust
Wellington Garden Club$5,000To Further the Education of the Members and the Public in the Fields of Gardening, Horticulture, Botany, Floral Design, Landscape Design, and Environmental AwarenessDavis-Mccullough Foundation
Crown Community Garden$5,000To Assist the Entity During the Covid-19 PandemicMethodist Health System Foundation (MHSF)
Federated Garden Clubs of New York State - Town & Country GC Cortland-Homer$5,000Garden RestorationCentral New York Community Foundation
The Garden Club of Norfolk$5,000Support, UnspecifiedHampton Roads Community Foundation
And Sculpture Park$5,000Donation for OperationsJames and Almeda Vander Waals 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 "Garden clubs" category for this page is determined by the "C42: Garden Club, Horticultural Program" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.