Grants for retirement homes

274 retirement homes and senior housing programs received at least $14.1 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 199 grants made from 165 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 165 foundations, 90% made just a single grant to retirement homes, and 1% made grants to four or more retirement homes. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$14,106,897
Total grant dollars given to retirement homes
199
Number of grants made annually to retirement homes
165
Number of grantmakers funding retirement homes
$1,000
Median grant size to retirement homes

Foundations that support retirement homes and senior housing programs

Out of all grants made to retirement homes, 73% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 97% of the dollar-value of grants to retirement homes. Foundations funding retirement homes also made grants to food banks, religious organizations, multiservice human service organizations, boys and girls clubs, and homeless shelters.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
122
Medium
 
18
Large
 
25
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
 
7
Private
 
123
Corporate
 
11
Other
 
24

Grants made

Grants made to retirement homesNumber of grantmakers
1
 
150
2-3
 
13
4-10
 
1
11+
 
1

Top 10 foundations supporting retirement homes and senior housing programs

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to retirement homesNumber of grants made to retirement homesMedian grant size
Baird FoundationWINational0.2%12$112
Greater Chicago Food DepositoryILMetro0.4%8$2,500
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.0%3$500
Arthur J Gallagher FoundationILNational0.1%3$235
T and M Mitchell Foundation Dima-BlrkNYState7.8%2$3,750
Saint Elizabeth CommunityRIMetro0.1%2$2,885
Bossard FoundationWIMetro4.2%2$1,000
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%2$919
Church Mutual Insurance Company FoundationWINational0.1%2$462

Retirement homes and senior housing programs grantees

Retirement homes with more than $5 million in total revenues received 98% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 17% of all retirement homes.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
197
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
2

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$800
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,866
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$2,125

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Wisconsin
 
43
Michigan
 
11
Massachusetts
 
11
Ohio
 
10
Other
 
124

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Milwaukee
 
42
Philadelphia
 
9
Chicago
 
9
New York City
 
7
Other
 
119

Top 25 grants made to retirement homes

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
National Church Residences$9,212,188General SupportNational Church Residences Foundation
Mercy Housing / Affordable Housing for Amer in Need$4,541,492CashMercy Housing Lakefront (MHL)
Haveloch Commons$5,000Lifestyle EngagementPresbyterian Seniorcare Foundation
Milwaukee Rescue Mission$5,000Program SupportArchdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Community Foundation
Contact Cape Atlantic$5,000General UnrestrictedJohn and Jennifer Eckerson Family Foundation
General Assembly of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ$5,000For General Operating SupportThe Denver Foundation
Laguna Cottages For Seniors$5,000To Provide Afforable Housing for Seniors in Santa BarbaraPajadoro Family Foundation
Parsonage Cottage Home for the Aged$5,000General PurposesThe Resource Foundation
Federation Gardens$5,000ReligiousSandra Gulden and Leon J Goldberger Gulden Private Foundation
National Church Residences$5,000Social ServicesThe Columbus Foundation
Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE)$5,000To Support the OrganizationThe Victor Herbert Foundation
Community Homeagain$5,000To Help Families and Individuals Experiencing Homelessness Secure and Maintain A Home, Again.Donald T Regan Charitable Foundation
Firemen's Association of the State of New York$5,000Equipment/suppliesThe Fraternal Order of Eagles Foundation
Kaycee Senior Housing$5,000General ContributionShethar Foundation Incorporated
Contact Cape Atlantic$5,000General PurposeFoster Karney Trust Fund
Milwaukee Rescue Mission$5,000GeneralSchoenleber Foundation
Milwaukee Rescue Mission$5,000General FundsJean & Thomas Harbeck Family Foundation
People Inc. - Seneca Cazenovia Community Sq Corp$5,000To Further Charitable ActivitiesJames M Williams JR Family Foundation
Our Saviours Lutheran Development Corporation$5,000General SupportThe Dhein Foundation
Loho$5,0001 Grant(s) for Varying PurposesThe Winston-Salem Foundation
National Church Residences$5,000Human ServicesParkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF)
Little Sisters of the Poor$5,000Unrestricted GeneralT and M Mitchell Foundation Dima-Blrk
Milwaukee Rescue Mission$5,000Youth Housing and OperationsAllen Lovelace Moore and Blanche Davis Moore Foundation
Notre Dame Housing$5,000General Operating SupportThe Lozier Foundation
Oakhurst Place$5,000ContributionOhioHealth
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 "Retirement homes" category for this page is determined by the "L22: Senior Citizens Housing, Retirement Communities" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.