Grants for preschools

889 nurseries, preschools, and kindergartens received at least $11.3 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 651 grants made from 511 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,234. Of these 511 foundations, 89% made just a single grant to preschools, and 2% made grants to four or more preschools. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$11,334,272
Total grant dollars given to preschools
651
Number of grants made annually to preschools
511
Number of grantmakers funding preschools
$1,234
Median grant size to preschools

Foundations that support nurseries, preschools, and kindergartens

Out of all grants made to preschools, 70% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 89% of the dollar-value of grants to preschools. Foundations funding preschools also made grants to food banks, multiservice human service organizations, boys and girls clubs, high schools, and youth development programs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
361
Medium
 
81
Large
 
69
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
 
19
Private
 
411
Corporate
 
43
Other
 
38

Grants made

Grants made to preschoolsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
455
2-3
 
42
4-10
 
12
11+
 
2

Top 10 foundations supporting nurseries, preschools, and kindergartens

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to preschoolsNumber of grants made to preschoolsMedian grant size
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.1%26$255
Baird FoundationWINational0.3%14$800
Fidelity FoundationMANational0.0%8$2,050
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.0%7$50
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%6$1,000
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.2%6$875
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.0%6$310
Tulsa Community FoundationOKNational5.1%5$5,000
Carmax FoundationVANational0.0%5$500
Arthur J Gallagher FoundationILNational0.2%5$500

Nurseries, preschools, and kindergartens grantees

Preschools with more than $5 million in total revenues received 90% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 14% of all preschools.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
649
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
2

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$2,400
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,500

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
88
Illinois
 
48
New York
 
47
Texas
 
42
Other
 
426

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
54
Chicago
 
45
San Francisco
 
33
Boston
 
32
Other
 
436

Top 25 grants made to preschools

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Tulsa Educare$6,710,240General OperationsTulsa Community Foundation
Tulsa Educare$3,287,324Early Childhood ProgramsCommunity Action Project of Tulsa (CAP)
Educare New Orleans$5,000CharitableThe Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation
Lumin Education$5,000Early Childhood EducationThe Baldridge Foundation
Lumin Education$5,000Early Childhood EducationThe Baldridge Foundation
Montessori Education Trust$5,000General PurposesCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
North Branch School$5,000General PurposesCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
North Branch School$5,000General FundCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
Storyteller Children's Center$5,000GeneralThe Greene Family Foundation
Cape Cod Children's Place$5,000Charitable ContributionIngeborg Foundation
Hilltop Preschool$5,000EducationThe Columbus Foundation
Pathways Early Learning Academy$5,000Support Organization's Capacity As A Result of Assessment.Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
The Washington Market School$5,000Grant Distribution for the Annual AppealCommunity Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Little Sprouts Learning Center$5,000CovidMile High United Way
Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori$5,000Matching GiftsChubb Charitable Foundation
Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori$5,000Matching GiftsChubb Charitable Foundation
Zaca Center Preschool$5,000General Operating SupportHutton Parker Foundation
Kids on the Move$5,000To Sponsor 2020 Heber Half Run for AutismThe Kahlert Foundation
Presidio Childhood Education Coalition$5,000Youth Literacy PartnerDollar General Literacy Foundation
Montclair Community Pre-K (MCPK)$5,000General OperatingCredit Suisse Americas Foundation
Knox County Head Start$5,000Unrestricted Operating SupportCase Western Reserve University
Lumin Education$5,000To Support Their Reading ProgramsThe Kahn Education Foundation
Garden of Hope Montessori$5,000To Achieve the Goals of the OrganizationThe Johnnie and Shirley Johnson Family Foundation
Little Peaks$5,000For the Wonders of the Woods ProgramAdirondack Foundation
Lakeside Preschool$5,000For Staff and Teacher Professional Development.Adirondack 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 "Preschools" category for this page is determined by the "B21: Nursery School, Early School Admissions, Kindergarten" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.