Grants for humanities organizations

387 humanities nonprofit organizations received at least $1.2 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 541 grants made from 439 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,500. Of these 439 foundations, 89% made just a single grant to humanities orgs, and 2% made grants to four or more humanities orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$1,162,735
Total grant dollars given to humanities organizations
541
Number of grants made annually to humanities organizations
439
Number of grantmakers funding humanities organizations
$1,500
Median grant size to humanities organizations

Foundations that support humanities nonprofit organizations

Out of all grants made to humanities organizations, 69% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 12% of the dollar-value of grants to humanities orgs. Foundations funding humanities orgs also made grants to music festivals and events, theaters, educational service providers, high schools, and youth development programs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
307
Medium
 
75
Large
 
57
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
 
10
Private
 
376
Corporate
 
28
Other
 
25

Grants made

Grants made to humanities orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
394
2-3
 
34
4-10
 
10
11+
 
1

Top 10 foundations supporting humanities nonprofit organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to humanities orgsNumber of grants made to humanities orgsMedian grant size
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%17$1,600
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.0%9$1,000
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%8$400
Academy of American PoetsNYNational8.3%6$4,225
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%6$125
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%5$2,468
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.1%5$104
Dollar General Literacy FoundationTNNational0.1%4$3,000
The Saratoga Charitable FoundationDEState15.0%4$3,250
The Ford FoundationNYNational0.0%4$1,125

Humanities nonprofit organizations grantees

Humanities organizations with more than $5 million in total revenues received 15% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 16% of all humanities orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
541
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
0

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$2,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,115

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
94
California
 
78
Washington
 
37
Massachusetts
 
28
Other
 
304

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
81
San Francisco
 
31
Los Angeles
 
29
Seattle
 
27
Other
 
329

Top 25 grants made to humanities organizations

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Center for Inquiry$5,000General & UnrestrictedStiefel Freethought Foundation
Write Around Portland$5,000CharitableWeinstein Family Foundation
826 New Orleans$5,000General AssistanceZurich Classic of New Orleans
SS Cosmas E Damian Society$5,000Unrestricted GeneralPrivitera Family Charitable Foundation
The New Review$5,000General SupportRussian Nobility Association in America
Santa Fe Council on International Relations$5,000Q03 International Foreign Affairs AssociationsThe Community Foundation of Louisville Depository
The Thurber House$5,000Arts and HumanitiesThe Columbus Foundation
Jason Taylor Foundation$5,000Program SupportThe Miami Foundation
PENFaulkner Foundation$5,000Toward Pen/faulknepenfaulknerer Programs in SchoolsDiana Davis Spencer Foundation
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop$5,000General FundingThe Helgeson Foundation
Archipelago Books$5,000For the Book: "in the Land of the Cyclops"J M Kaplan Fund
826chi$5,000Public CharitySusan Crown Exchange
Fan Foundation / Spocon$5,000Donor Advised FundsGlobal Impact
The Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association$5,000General SupportUnited Phoenix Fire Fighters Association
Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures$5,000ArtsThe Clark Hunter Foundation
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy$5,000Other (Literacy, Computers, Libraries)Greater Houston Community Foundation
Young Writers Project$5,000General SupportBirdseye Foundation
The Rabbit Hole KC$5,000Program GrantThe Shumaker Family Foundation
Undocumented Migration Project$5,000SponsorshipThe City College 21ST Century Foundation
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities$5,000Arts & CultureWoldenberg Foundation
The Center for Documentary Studies$5,000Program SupportMark & Bette Morris Family Foundation
826 National$5,000Charitable DonationValla Family Foundation
PEN American Center$5,000Charitable Exempt PurposeThe William H Pitt Foundation
Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures$5,000To Present Nyt Journalist Jodi Kantor Discussing Reporting on Sexual Harassment By Harvey WeinsteinForeign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
The Cabin / Log Cabin Literary Center Inc$5,000General SupportHarad Family 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 "Humanities organizations" category for this page is determined by the "A70: Humanities Organizations" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.