Grants for small business bureaus

524 small business development organizations received at least $39.9 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 346 grants made from 260 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $2,050. Of these 260 foundations, 86% made just a single grant to small business orgs, and 3% made grants to four or more small business orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$39,918,722
Total grant dollars given to small business bureaus
346
Number of grants made annually to small business bureaus
260
Number of grantmakers funding small business bureaus
$2,050
Median grant size to small business bureaus

Foundations that support small business development organizations

Out of all grants made to small business bureaus, 58% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 98% of the dollar-value of grants to small business orgs. Foundations funding small business orgs also made grants to homeless shelters, food banks, educational service providers, trade / professional associations, and youth development programs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
153
Medium
 
47
Large
 
60
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
 
16
Private
 
184
Corporate
 
21
Other
 
39

Grants made

Grants made to small business orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
225
2-3
 
27
4-10
 
6
11+
 
2

Top 10 foundations supporting small business development organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to small business orgsNumber of grants made to small business orgsMedian grant size
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%15$200
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%13$5,000
Hull Family FoundationDENational1.2%7$1,000
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%7$1,000
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.0%6$2,500
Synchrony FoundationCTNational0.0%5$150
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.0%5$50
Opus Community FoundationCAState4.3%4$5,000
The Columbus FoundationOHState0.0%3$5,000
James Irvine FoundationCAState0.0%3$3,500

Small business development organizations grantees

Small business bureaus with more than $5 million in total revenues received 98% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 25% of all small business orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
340
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
6

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$2,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$2,400
$1M-$5M
 
$2,500
>$5M
 
$2,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
85
New York
 
29
Washington
 
20
Minnesota
 
14
Other
 
198

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
San Francisco
 
49
New York City
 
23
Los Angeles
 
22
Seattle
 
16
Other
 
222

Top 25 grants made to small business bureaus

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
NewSchools Venture Fund (NSVF)$10,000,000Improve Public EducationChan Zuckerberg Initiative Foundation
International Executive Service Corps (IESC)$9,104,422Promoting Stability and Prosperity Around the World Through Private Enterprise Development.Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance
NewSchools Venture Fund (NSVF)$7,885,000K-12 EducationBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
NewSchools Venture Fund (NSVF)$6,000,000Math Executive Function ProjectChan Zuckerberg Initiative Foundation
NewSchools Venture Fund (NSVF)$3,275,000EducationSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
NewSchools Venture Fund (NSVF)$3,000,000K-12 EducationBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Maine Center for Entrepreneurs$5,000The Purpose of This Gift Was Unprovided By the ContributorThe Casco Foundation
William and Mary Business School Foundation$5,000General & UnrestrictedGood Shepherd of Darien Foundation
Namaste Foundation$5,000CharitableThe Cortopassi Family Foundation
Los Angeles Urban League$5,000For Unrestricted SupportJames Irvine Foundation
Ventures$5,000CharitableByron and Alice Lockwood Foundation
SCORE Association (SCORE)$5,000To Develop and Communicate Critical Training on Resilience and Recovery Plans for Nonprofit ClientsFoundation for Delaware County (CCF)
Omaha Small Business Network$5,000The House of Afro Capes and CurlsThe Lozier Foundation
Junior Achievement of Central Indiana (JACI)$5,000Local CommunityJewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI)
Junior Achievement of Central Indiana (JACI)$5,000SponsorshipEskenazi Health Foundation
Enterprise Center (TEC)$5,000Unrestricted GrantThe Harry and Catherine Halloran Family Trust
The Business Center For Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise$5,000GeneralClarence A Rowell #2
Mi Casa Resource Center$5,000Program ServicesInsurance Management Associates Foundation
Reconcile New Orleans$5,000Education, Recreation & Opportunities for ChildrenWoldenberg Foundation
Inquiring Systems$5,000Project Support: the Teaching WellNovo Foundation
Social Venture Network (SVN)$5,000General SupportThe Nathan Cummings Foundation
Beaufort Cty Black Chamber of Commerce$5,000Microgrant ProgramUSBC Economic Development Corporation
Jewish Free Loan Association$5,000General Operating SupportTeshinsky Family Foundation Fred & Lucy Teshinsky Trustees
Jewish Free Loan Association$5,000UnrestrictedLon V. Smith Foundation
Grameen America$5,000General SupportThe Blackstone Charitable 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 "Small business bureaus" category for this page is determined by the "S43: Management Services for Small Business, Entrepreneurs" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.