Grants for recreation, sports, and social clubs

9,440 recreation centers, sports teams, and social clubs received at least $680.5 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 10,814 grants made from 5,862 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 5,862 foundations, 73% made just a single grant to recreation orgs, and 5% made grants to four or more recreation orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$680,456,329
Total grant dollars given to recreation, sports, and social clubs
10,814
Number of grants made annually to recreation, sports, and social clubs
5,862
Number of grantmakers funding recreation, sports, and social clubs
$1,000
Median grant size to recreation, sports, and social clubs

Foundations that support recreation centers, sports teams, and social clubs

Out of all grants made to recreation, sports, and social clubs, 82% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 77% of the dollar-value of grants to recreation orgs. Foundations funding recreation orgs also made grants to multiservice human service organizations, food banks, youth development programs, animal shelters, and homeless shelters.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
4,816
Medium
 
629
Large
 
409
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
 
117
Private
 
4,963
Corporate
 
249
Other
 
533

Grants made

Grants made to recreation orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
4,315
2-3
 
1,246
4-10
 
245
11+
 
56

Top 10 foundations supporting recreation centers, sports teams, and social clubs

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to recreation orgsNumber of grants made to recreation orgsMedian grant size
Carmax FoundationVANational2.3%214$545
Baird FoundationWINational2.3%170$250
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.2%150$169
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.4%136$1,000
NRA FoundationVANational0.3%111$2,494
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.3%88$1,450
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.1%87$100
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%82$425
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.6%81$200
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.4%75$480

Recreation centers, sports teams, and social clubs grantees

Recreation, sports, and social clubs with more than $5 million in total revenues received 85% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 22% of all recreation orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
10,736
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
78

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,133
$500k-$1M
 
$1,433
$1M-$5M
 
$1,200
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
1,188
California
 
1,075
Texas
 
549
Pennsylvania
 
428
Other
 
7,574

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
1,037
Washington DC
 
424
Los Angeles
 
323
Chicago
 
295
Other
 
7,391

Top 25 grants made to recreation, sports, and social clubs

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Camp Bowie Service Center$96,913,317Per AgreementKaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP)
Big Ten Conference (B1G)$37,673,305To Enhance the Quality of Intercollegiate AthleticsPasadena Tournament of Roses
PAC-12 Conference$37,673,305To Enhance the Quality of Intercollegiate AthleticsPasadena Tournament of Roses
Kstate Athletics$35,602,303Scholarships/supportKansas State University Foundation
Georgia Tech Athletic Association$30,876,085Allocation of General SupportAtlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference$22,553,741Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
Big Ten Conference (B1G)$22,386,375Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
Southeastern Conference (SEC)$17,393,802Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sports Club Council$14,930,594Support for Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture - AfricaHoward G Buffett Foundation (HGBF)
PAC-12 Conference$14,476,159Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
Event Facilities Fort Worth$12,500,000General SupportBurnett Foundation / Dee Kelly JR Ttee
Us Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOC)$10,162,464General SupportUnited States Olympic Endowment
American Athletic Conference$9,913,799Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
Big East Conference$9,185,726Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
NRA Foundation$8,148,169EducationMargie and Robert E. Petersen Foundation
Atlantic 10 Conference$8,068,661Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
University of Chattanooga Foundation$8,000,000General SupportThe Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
USA Hockey$8,000,000NHL GrantUSA Hockey Foundation
Mountain West Conference$7,605,493Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
Conference USA$7,190,940Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
Mid-American Conference$6,976,808Scholarships/grants/sponsorshipNational Collegiate Athletic Association
Camp Bowie Service Center$6,692,348Per AgreementKaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP)
Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore$6,564,659General SupportThe Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
Sun Belt Conference$5,934,593Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
West Coast Conference (WCC)$5,841,648Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
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 "Recreation, sports, and social clubs" category for this page is determined by the "N00: Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics: General" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.