Grants for scouting organizations

477 scouting organizations received at least $11.6 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 1,224 grants made from 735 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 735 foundations, 85% made just a single grant to scouting orgs, and 4% made grants to four or more scouting orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$11,577,486
Total grant dollars given to scouting organizations
1,224
Number of grants made annually to scouting organizations
735
Number of grantmakers funding scouting organizations
$1,000
Median grant size to scouting organizations

Foundations that support scouting organizations

Out of all grants made to scouting organizations, 75% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 83% of the dollar-value of grants to scouting orgs. Foundations funding scouting orgs also made grants to food banks, multiservice human service organizations, religious organizations, homeless shelters, and boys and girls clubs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
554
Medium
 
89
Large
 
92
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
 
31
Private
 
569
Corporate
 
56
Other
 
79

Grants made

Grants made to scouting orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
632
2-3
 
69
4-10
 
20
11+
 
14

Top 10 foundations supporting scouting organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to scouting orgsNumber of grants made to scouting orgsMedian grant size
NRA FoundationVANational0.1%54$1,536
Westrock FoundationGANational0.1%49$18
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState6.7%44$675
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%35$1,000
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%21$130
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.1%16$228
Albemarle FoundationNCNational0.3%15$1,100
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%14$540
Carmax FoundationVANational0.1%14$500
Community Foundation of North Texas (NTXCF)TXState0.1%13$1,350

Scouting organizations grantees

Scouting organizations with more than $5 million in total revenues received 91% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 54% of all scouting orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
1,222
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
2

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,413
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
Texas
 
117
California
 
88
Iowa
 
78
New York
 
67
Other
 
874

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
66
Dallas
 
62
Des Moines
 
55
Nashville
 
48
Other
 
966

Top 25 grants made to scouting organizations

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Arrow WV$5,687,320Interest Expense Incurred By Arrow Through the Construction of the Summit Bechtel Reserve, Which If Constructed By the Boy Scouts of America Would Also Be Exempt.Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa$3,698,912Grant DistributionCommunity Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council (GSVSC)$5,000General PurposesCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
Boy Scouts of America (BSA)$5,000General PurposesCharlottesville Area Community Foundation
Camp Fire National Headquarters$5,000Donor Designated for General SupportUnited Way of Central Carolinas
Camp Fire Snohomish County$5,000Support Youth NeedsHubbard Family Foundation
Chester County Council$5,000To Support Every Interested and Eligible Young Person in His Or Her Journey To Become A Well-Rounded, Well Informed, Participating Citizen and Leader Who Is Guided By the Scout Oath and LawThe Musser Foundation
Boy Scouts of America$5,000ContributionBaldor Electric Company Foundation
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia (GSHG)$5,000EducationDorothy Mustin Buttolph Foundation
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio$5,000GeneralJosephine S Russell Charitable Trust
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois$5,000Provide Funds for Service To CommunityUnited Fire Group Foundation
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA)$5,000Program SupportRockland Trust Charitable Foundation
Girl Scouts of Black Diamond$5,000Operating CostsUnited Way of Harrison County
Boy Scouts of America$5,000Operating FundArkansas Community Foundation
Las Virgenes Scouting Alumni Association$5,000Troop 127- Pancake BreakfastGary E Milgard Family Foundation-Lori
Camp Fire First Texas$5,000GeneralThelma E and Edmund Fahrenkamp Memorial Trust
Northern Star Council$5,000Program SupportRegions Hospital
Heart of America Council$5,000MGShell Oil Company Foundation
Boy Scouts of America - Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts$5,000GeneralBright Wings Fndtn Trust
Boy Scouts of America - Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts$5,000SponsorshipBuilding and Construction Trades Department AFL-CIO
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois$5,000Girl Scout Leadership Experience Outreach Program - Gsleo Aims To Help Girls in Urban Under-Performing School Districts Develop the Inner Resources That Will Increase Their Chances for A Successful Life. the Goals of the Gsleo Are To Help Girls Develop: Confidence and A Positive Sense of Self Worth; A Meaningful Set of Values To Guide Their Present and Future Choices; Respect for Self and Others and the Value of Working Together As A Team To Solve Problems; the Ability To Set and Achieve Goals in the Realm of Finances, Grades/academics, and Positive Behaviors; the Ability and Desire To Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices; and A Belief They Can Make A Difference in Their Own Lives and in Their School, Family, and Community.United Way of Central Illinois
Boy Scouts of America - 610 Great Alaska Council$5,000General SupportRasmuson Foundation
Triple Nickel$5,000Boyscouts TR555Shipley Family Foundation
Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America$5,000Grant Distribution for Boy/cub Scout CampCommunity Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Mid-America Council$5,000Grant DistributionCommunity Foundation of Greater Des Moines
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 "Scouting organizations" category for this page is determined by the "O40: Scouting Organizations" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.