Grants for high schools

1,440 high schools and secondary schools received at least $170.2 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 4,534 grants made from 2,661 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,500. Of these 2,661 foundations, 76% made just a single grant to high schools, and 4% made grants to four or more high schools. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$170,235,545
Total grant dollars given to high schools
4,534
Number of grants made annually to high schools
2,661
Number of grantmakers funding high schools
$1,500
Median grant size to high schools

Foundations that support high schools and secondary schools

Out of all grants made to high schools, 81% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 65% of the dollar-value of grants to high schools. Foundations funding high schools also made grants to universities, elementary schools, land conservation groups, youth development programs, and historical societies.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
2,181
Medium
 
294
Large
 
186
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
 
50
Private
 
2,402
Corporate
 
119
Other
 
90

Grants made

Grants made to high schoolsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
2,026
2-3
 
503
4-10
 
106
11+
 
26

Top 10 foundations supporting high schools and secondary schools

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to high schoolsNumber of grants made to high schoolsMedian grant size
Fidelity FoundationMANational0.4%99$1,500
Baird FoundationWINational1.7%87$375
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro9.9%70$1,475
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.3%70$1,000
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.2%59$500
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.3%45$1,000
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.5%44$500
Community Foundation of North Texas (NTXCF)TXState0.5%42$2,500
Seattle FoundationWAState0.1%37$2,000
Tulsa Community FoundationOKNational0.1%34$5,000

High schools and secondary schools grantees

High schools with more than $5 million in total revenues received 91% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 83% of all high schools.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
4,501
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
33

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$890
$100k-$500k
 
$1,750
$500k-$1M
 
$1,450
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,500

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Massachusetts
 
578
California
 
413
Connecticut
 
392
New York
 
305
Other
 
2,846

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Boston
 
402
New York City
 
329
Washington DC
 
212
Philadelphia
 
203
Other
 
3,025

Top 25 grants made to high schools

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
The Trustees of the Cushing Academy$11,426,220EducationEG Watkins Family Foundation
Tallulah Falls School (TFS)$10,462,008General SupportLettie Pate Evans Foundation
Town School for Boys Alumni Association$10,010,000EducationSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Thaden School$9,949,000ConstructionArkansas Community Foundation
School Smart KC$8,628,288EducationGreater Kansas City Community Foundation
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles (ESLA)$6,620,007EducationCalifornia Community Foundation
The Dr Miriam and Sheldon G Adelson Educational Campus$6,606,487General Charitable PurposesAdelson Family Foundation
KIPP Houston Public Schools (KIPP)$6,000,000Construction, Program, SalariesPHILO Finance Corporation
Episcopal High School (EHS)$5,231,004General SupportLettie Pate Evans Foundation
Thaden School$5,011,684Operating GrantArkansas Community Foundation
Garrison Forest School (GFS)$5,000,000($50,000 for the Annual Fund and $4,950,000 Undesignated)Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)
Summit Public Schools (SPS)$5,000,000General Operating SupportChan Zuckerberg Initiative Foundation
Thaden School$4,783,000Construction SupportArkansas Community Foundation
Collegiate School of Memphis$4,547,100Program SupportChristian Community Foundation of Memphis and the Mid-South
Thaden School$4,100,000Supplemental GrantArkansas Community Foundation
Episcopal High School (EHS)$4,000,000EducationAinslie Foundation
Idea Public Schools$3,900,000Charter School GrowthCharter School Growth Fund (CSGF)
KIPP Houston Public Schools (KIPP)$3,829,849School Start-Up, Regional Merger, Principal Pipeline & Development, High School Development, Computer Science, Kipp Through College, Stem, Covid-19 Emergency ReliefKnowledge is Power Program (KIPP)
Flintridge Preparatory School$3,817,155Intersection Initiative Care for the PoorSt Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund
Nazareth Prep$3,552,964Cash PaymentsHoly Family Foundation
Acton School of Business$3,510,000Organizations OperationsAustin Ed Fund
KIPP Texas$3,500,000Charter School GrowthCharter School Growth Fund (CSGF)
Cate School$3,268,500For the Endowment for Cate Forever Campaign. for the Special Fund Raising Campaign in April 2020. for the Motivation Match of the Board Fund. for the Cate Fund. for Annual Needs.San Francisco Foundation (TSFF)
Doane Academy$3,000,000General SupportHenry M. Rowan Family Foundation
KIPP Texas$3,000,000Charter School GrowthCharter School Growth Fund (CSGF)
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 "High schools" category for this page is determined by the "B25: High School" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.