Grants for public health programs

1,130 public health organizations received at least $92.1 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 832 grants made from 639 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,702. Of these 639 foundations, 88% made just a single grant to public health orgs, and 2% made grants to four or more public health orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$92,092,499
Total grant dollars given to public health programs
832
Number of grants made annually to public health programs
639
Number of grantmakers funding public health programs
$1,702
Median grant size to public health programs

Foundations that support public health organizations

Out of all grants made to public health programs, 67% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 95% of the dollar-value of grants to public health orgs. Foundations funding public health orgs also made grants to multiservice human service organizations, community clinics, youth development programs, universities, and homeless shelters.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
433
Medium
 
86
Large
 
120
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
 
34
Private
 
472
Corporate
 
38
Other
 
95

Grants made

Grants made to public health orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
564
2-3
 
58
4-10
 
12
11+
 
5

Top 10 foundations supporting public health organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to public health orgsNumber of grants made to public health orgsMedian grant size
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%20$95
Liberty Hill FoundationCAMetro0.2%16$850
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.0%12$1,100
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%12$454
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.0%8$2,915
Baird FoundationWINational0.1%8$390
Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationWANational0.6%6$4,415,589
Community Foundation of North Texas (NTXCF)TXState0.1%6$3,000
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.0%6$162

Public health organizations grantees

Public health programs with more than $5 million in total revenues received 86% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 26% of all public health orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
811
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
21

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,860
$100k-$500k
 
$1,700
$500k-$1M
 
$1,450
$1M-$5M
 
$2,000
>$5M
 
$2,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
148
New York
 
100
Illinois
 
43
Texas
 
41
Other
 
500

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
91
Los Angeles
 
71
San Francisco
 
44
Washington DC
 
41
Other
 
524

Top 25 grants made to public health programs

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Public Health Institute$14,285,889ResearchChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Jsi Research and Training Institute$8,072,263Delivery of Solutions To Improve Global Health; Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases; Family Planning; Global Health and Development Public Awareness and Analysis; Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health; MNCH Discovery and Tools; Pneumonia; Vaccine DeliveryBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jsi Research and Training Institute$6,108,768Delivery of Solutions To Improve Global Health; Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases; Global Health and Development Public Awareness and Analysis; Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health; MNCH Discovery and Tools; Nutrition; Pneumonia; Vaccine DeliveryBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach$4,876,118FMVLe Bonheur Children's Hospital Foundation
Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach$4,876,118Operational SupportLe Bonheur Children's Hospital Foundation
CDC Foundation / National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Inc$4,725,475MalariaBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Thinkwell Institute$4,105,704Delivery of Solutions To Improve Global Health; Family PlanningBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Primary School Lab$3,926,000EducationSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
ChangeLab Solutions$3,800,00076365 Scaling Changelab Solutions' Reach To and SuRobert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Malaria Consortium$3,564,835MalariaBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Muskegon Community Health Project$3,521,720Per BooksMercy Health Partners
Muskegon Community Health Project$3,521,720Community BenefitMercy Health Partners
Last Mile Health$3,000,000International Development and Foreign AffairsNew Venture Fund
Last Mile Health$3,000,000International Development and Foreign AffairsNew Venture Fund
Prevention Institute$2,943,704To Provide Funding for Mental Health Services and ProgramsMovember Foundation (MF)
Health Care Centers in Schools (HCS)$2,900,000General SupportOur Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Community Partners / Paul Vandeventer$2,692,416Disaster ResponseCalifornia Community Foundation
Keswick$2,638,050FMVKeswick Foundation
Keswick$2,638,050Program and Operating SupportKeswick Foundation
Keswick$2,638,050FMVKeswick Foundation
Jsi Research and Training Institute$2,502,196Family Planning; Vaccine DeliveryBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Keep Life Moving$5,000Maple Street ShelterMeena Duggirala Foundation
Harold W Mcmillen Center for Health Education$5,000Assist Various Organization Needs3rivers Credit Union Foundation
San Francisco Study Center$5,000Josie's Place ProgramThe Upjohn Fund of San Francisco
Citrine Health$5,000Public Support of Organization's MissionThe Ernest G Herman 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 "Public health programs" category for this page is determined by the "E70: Public Health Programs" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.