Grants for human service organizations

23,109 human services organizations received at least $2.0 billion in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 31,627 grants made from 11,849 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,300. Of these 11,849 foundations, 56% made just a single grant to human service orgs, and 12% made grants to four or more human service orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$2,001,569,098
Total grant dollars given to human service organizations
31,627
Number of grants made annually to human service organizations
11,849
Number of grantmakers funding human service organizations
$1,300
Median grant size to human service organizations

Foundations that support human services organizations

Out of all grants made to human service organizations, 84% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 39% of the dollar-value of grants to human service orgs. Foundations funding human service orgs also made grants to food banks, multiservice human service organizations, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and boys and girls clubs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
9,991
Medium
 
1,173
Large
 
678
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
 
190
Private
 
10,004
Corporate
 
397
Other
 
1,258

Grants made

Grants made to human service orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
6,728
2-3
 
3,674
4-10
 
1,233
11+
 
214

Top 10 foundations supporting human services organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to human service orgsNumber of grants made to human service orgsMedian grant size
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.8%432$134
Westrock FoundationGANational0.9%400$27
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.2%393$450
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro1.2%375$1,000
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState1.0%337$1,000
Baird FoundationWINational4.6%322$161
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational2.1%300$625
Seattle FoundationWAState0.5%295$1,000
Carmax FoundationVANational3.2%283$500
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.9%210$1,071

Human services organizations grantees

Human service organizations with more than $5 million in total revenues received 95% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 40% of all human service orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
31,382
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
245

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,010
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,250

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
3,085
New York
 
2,632
Texas
 
2,006
Florida
 
1,879
Other
 
22,025

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
2,525
Chicago
 
1,332
Los Angeles
 
1,119
Boston
 
995
Other
 
22,898

Top 25 grants made to human service organizations

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Scan Group$117,098,627Book ValueSenior Care Action Network Health Plan (SCAN)
Scan Group$117,098,627Book ValueSenior Care Action Network Health Plan (SCAN)
AARP Foundation$101,862,739Endowment of $78,917,500 and General Support of $22,945,239Aarp
Community Coordinated Care for Children$77,531,584SR & VPKEarly Learning Coalition of Orange
St VINCENT'S Special Needs Center$39,983,387Actual Amount Paid/transferredAscension Health
Hospice of Cincinnati$39,707,977FMVTriHealth
St Paul's Episcopal Home$34,609,985GaapSt Paul's Senior Services Foundation
St Paul's Episcopal Home$34,609,985GaapSt Paul's Senior Services Foundation
Christian Living Communities$34,003,512Equity Transfer AmountChristian Living Neighborhoods (CLC)
Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community$32,959,518CashLifespace Communities
St Leonard$31,382,155See Statement - SCH. R Part ViiCommonSpirit Health
GiveDirectly$22,500,000To Provide Covid-19 SupportBlue Meridian Partners
Armed Services Ymca of the USA Group Return$21,526,450Program SupportYmca of the USA
Harlem Children's Zone$20,000,00010 Year Strategic Plan SupportThe Edna Mcconnell Clark Foundation
Family Independence Initiative$19,550,250To Support Scaling PlanBlue Meridian Partners
The Village at Rockville$19,542,420CostNational Lutheran Communities and Services
Presence Hospice$19,089,196Fair Market ValuePresence Health Presence Healthcare Presence Health Care
Presence Hospice$19,089,196Fair Market ValuePresence Health Presence Healthcare Presence Health Care
Barber National Institute$17,506,645Guaranteed LoanDr Gertrude A Barber Foundation
Barber National Institute$17,506,645Guaranteed LoanDr Gertrude A Barber Foundation
Council for Jewish Elderly (CJE)$17,284,492Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Grants - Operating SupportJewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF)
Hebrew Home at Riverdale$16,481,709Support OperationsThe Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale Foundation
Bethany Christian Services$16,196,878Refugee ResettlementLutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
Masonicare Corporation$16,000,000CostThe Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut
The Village at Orchard Ridge$14,630,918CostNational Lutheran Communities and Services
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 "Human service organizations" category for this page is determined by the "P00: Human Services: General" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.