Grants for public sector, public co-ops, and veteran organizations

3,192 public sector, public cooperatives, and veteran organizations received at least $294.6 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 3,999 grants made from 2,614 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 2,614 foundations, 78% made just a single grant to public policy orgs, and 4% made grants to four or more public policy orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$294,619,851
Total grant dollars given to public sector, public co-ops, and veteran organizations
3,999
Number of grants made annually to public sector, public co-ops, and veteran organizations
2,614
Number of grantmakers funding public sector, public co-ops, and veteran organizations
$1,000
Median grant size to public sector, public co-ops, and veteran organizations

Foundations that support public sector, public cooperatives, and veteran organizations

Out of all grants made to public sector, public co-ops, and veteran organizations, 79% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 55% of the dollar-value of grants to public policy orgs. Foundations funding public policy orgs also made grants to religious organizations, animal shelters, public sector improvement organizations, christian organizations, and food banks.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
2,079
Medium
 
273
Large
 
260
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
 
68
Private
 
2,180
Corporate
 
117
Other
 
249

Grants made

Grants made to public policy orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
2,059
2-3
 
442
4-10
 
97
11+
 
16

Top 10 foundations supporting public sector, public cooperatives, and veteran organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to public policy orgsNumber of grants made to public policy orgsMedian grant size
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.1%51$137
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.1%42$50
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.3%41$625
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%35$774
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%34$327
Baird FoundationWINational0.3%28$148
Synchrony FoundationCTNational0.1%27$130
Seattle FoundationWAState0.1%26$1,565
Carmax FoundationVANational0.2%26$500
Westrock FoundationGANational0.0%23$33

Public sector, public cooperatives, and veteran organizations grantees

Public sector, public co-ops, and veteran organizations with more than $5 million in total revenues received 86% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 49% of all public policy orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
3,951
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
48

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,500
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$2,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$575

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Florida
 
645
District of Columbia
 
645
California
 
333
Virginia
 
257
Other
 
2,119

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Washington DC
 
917
Jacksonville, FL
 
529
New York City
 
239
Chicago
 
132
Other
 
1,962

Top 25 grants made to public sector, public co-ops, and veteran organizations

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Consortium For Elections and Political Process Strengthening$33,737,830Democracy AssistanceConsortium For Elections and Political Process Strengthening
Center for International Private Enterprise$18,557,946PluralismNational Endowment for Democracy
Tides Advocacy$18,355,262Project SupportTides Foundation
New Venture Fund$9,817,396General Nonprofit SupportSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Code for America$9,500,000To Provide Covid-19 SupportBlue Meridian Partners
Tides Advocacy$8,723,000Further MissionWikimedia Foundation (WMF)
New Venture Fund$8,345,000Delivery of Solutions To Improve Global Health; Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases; Family Planning; Financial Services for the Poor; Global Health and Development Public Awareness and Analysis; Inform and Engage Communities; Malaria; Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health; Pneumonia; Research and Learning Opportunities; Tobacco Control; Vaccine Delivery; Water, Sanitation and HygieneBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bob Woodruff Foundation$7,885,258Salute To Service GrantNFL Foundation
Self-Help Credit Union$7,839,803Highest Balance in 2019Center for Community Self-Help
New Venture Fund$7,500,000For Use By Co-Impact, A Global Collaborative for Systems Change, Toward the Costs of Funding Systems Change Efforts in Health, Education and Economic Opportunity Focusing on Underserved Populations With the Greatest NeedRockefeller Foundation
New Venture Fund$7,336,715Family Interest GrantmakingBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
New Venture Fund$7,329,402To Implement the Seafood Collaboration for the Oceans and Seafood Markets Initiative.Gordon E and Betty I Moore Foundation
New Venture Fund$7,300,000To Support Scaling PlanBlue Meridian Partners
Public Citizen$6,922,002Actual Expenses ReimbursedPublic Citizen Foundation
New Venture Fund$6,484,192To Support A Finance Hub That Will Support Implementation of the Conservation and Markets Initiative's Goal of Increasing Awareness of Natural Resource Risk Among Financial Institutions.Gordon E and Betty I Moore Foundation
Nevadans for Secure Elections$6,250,000Civil Rights, Social Action, AdvocacySixteen Thirty Fund
Priorities USA$6,000,156Digital Communications and Voter Access LitigationPriorities USA Foundation
City of New Haven in Municipal Building Corporation$5,817,722Communty Benefit DevYale New Haven Hospital (YNHH)
Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County Florida$5,352,650Mental Health Substance AbuseSouth Florida Behavioral Health Network
New Venture Fund$5,000,0002020 Census ProjectThe JPB Foundation
New Venture Fund$4,603,100Conservation and ScienceDavid and Lucile Packard Foundation
American Action Network (AAN)$4,500,000General ContributionPharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Progress North Carolina$4,500,000Citizen EngagementProgressnow Now Education
Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)$4,470,000Propelnext 2.0The Edna Mcconnell Clark Foundation
Public Citizen$4,321,714Allocation Based on TimesheetsPublic Citizen 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 sector, public co-ops, and veteran organizations" category for this page is determined by the "W00: Public Policy, Public Services Institutions: General" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.