Grants for radio broadcasters

287 radio producing and broadcasting organizations received at least $24.5 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 1,368 grants made from 868 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $775. Of these 868 foundations, 85% made just a single grant to radio broadcasters, and 3% made grants to four or more radio broadcasters. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$24,525,042
Total grant dollars given to radio broadcasters
1,368
Number of grants made annually to radio broadcasters
868
Number of grantmakers funding radio broadcasters
$775
Median grant size to radio broadcasters

Foundations that support radio producing and broadcasting organizations

Out of all grants made to radio broadcasters, 78% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 93% of the dollar-value of grants to radio broadcasters. Foundations funding radio broadcasters also made grants to universities, animal shelters, theaters, land conservation groups, and water and wetland protection organizations.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
685
Medium
 
96
Large
 
87
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
 
20
Private
 
771
Corporate
 
56
Other
 
21

Grants made

Grants made to radio broadcastersNumber of grantmakers
1
 
744
2-3
 
90
4-10
 
23
11+
 
11

Top 10 foundations supporting radio producing and broadcasting organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to radio broadcastersNumber of grants made to radio broadcastersMedian grant size
Seattle FoundationWAState0.2%100$1,000
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.1%27$120
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%25$1,000
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.1%20$1,000
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%20$312
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%17$415
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%13$150
Synchrony FoundationCTNational0.0%13$260
Puget Sound Energy FoundationDEMetro0.2%13$80
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)NJNational0.0%12$500

Radio producing and broadcasting organizations grantees

Radio broadcasters with more than $5 million in total revenues received 97% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 79% of all radio broadcasters.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
1,363
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
5

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$2,500
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$579

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
273
New York
 
251
Washington
 
184
Colorado
 
71
Other
 
589

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
247
Seattle
 
182
San Francisco
 
163
Los Angeles
 
66
Other
 
610

Top 25 grants made to radio broadcasters

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Kqed (KQED)$6,750,250General SupportGerson Bakar Foundation
Kqed (KQED)$4,620,257TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Radio Kingston Corporation$4,500,000General Operating SupportCommunity Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Minnesota Public Radio American Public Media$3,523,046RCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
New York Public Radio$3,291,083RCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting$5,000Kzyx-Mendocino Voice Reporter ProjectCommunity Foundation of Mendocino County
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting$5,000General SupportCommunity Foundation of Mendocino County
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting$5,000General SupportCommunity Foundation of Mendocino County
Virginia Humanities (VFH)$5,000Virginia Festival of the Book for "locavores Unite: Guides To Eating and Drinking Locally"Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
Virginia Humanities (VFH)$5,000General PurposeCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
Stu-Comm$5,000General PurposeCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
Virginia Humanities (VFH)$5,000The Rosel Schewel InitiativeCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
New York Public Radio$5,000General PurposeJanet Yaseen Foundation
Cedar Ridge Children's Home and School$5,000General FundsRichard N Funkhouser Foundation
KUOW-Puget Sound Public Radio$5,000General SupportAspen Community Foundation (ACF)
Afro-American Community Broadcasting$5,000General SupportVeridian Credit Union
Wcuw$5,000First Annual Hawthorne Street FestivalGreater Worcester Community Foundation
Wcuw$5,000Extending & Expanding Project UpliftGreater Worcester Community Foundation
Wcuw$5,000Project UpliftGreater Worcester Community Foundation
Boise Radio$5,000Promotion of the ArtsWinston C and Surel L Mitchell Family Foundation
Wayword$5,000Program SupportDr Seuss Foundation
Wamc$5,000Media & InformationCloud Mountain Foundation
New York Public Radio$5,000Head Count
Nashville Public Radio$5,000Arts/humanitiesCommunity Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)
Nashville Public Radio$5,000Arts/humanitiesCommunity Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)
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 "Radio broadcasters" category for this page is determined by the "A34: Radio" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.