Grants for social science institutes

397 social science organizations received at least $97.0 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 802 grants made from 617 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,347. Of these 617 foundations, 85% made just a single grant to social science orgs, and 2% made grants to four or more social science orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$96,951,960
Total grant dollars given to social science institutes
802
Number of grants made annually to social science institutes
617
Number of grantmakers funding social science institutes
$1,347
Median grant size to social science institutes

Foundations that support social science organizations

Out of all grants made to social science institutes, 68% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 80% of the dollar-value of grants to social science orgs. Foundations funding social science orgs also made grants to universities, civil liberties organizations, public sector improvement organizations, high schools, and legal aid societies.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
421
Medium
 
91
Large
 
105
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
 
17
Private
 
543
Corporate
 
23
Other
 
34

Grants made

Grants made to social science orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
526
2-3
 
75
4-10
 
13
11+
 
3

Top 10 foundations supporting social science organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to social science orgsNumber of grants made to social science orgsMedian grant size
Seattle FoundationWAState0.1%22$2,500
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%12$367
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.0%12$444
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%9$325
Woodford FoundationCONational3.2%7$500
Creigh Family FoundationNENational7.1%5$3,500
Annie E Casey Foundation (AECF)MDNational0.0%5$2,500
Community Foundation of North Texas (NTXCF)TXState0.0%5$250
James Deering Danielson FoundationILNational5.7%4$4,500
The Robertson-Finley FoundationTXNational8.3%4$4,000

Social science organizations grantees

Social science institutes with more than $5 million in total revenues received 77% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 51% of all social science orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
783
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
19

Grant amount by grantee size

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

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
District of Columbia
 
254
California
 
83
New York
 
73
Massachusetts
 
66
Other
 
326

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Washington DC
 
297
New York City
 
67
Boston
 
60
Chicago
 
44
Other
 
319

Top 25 grants made to social science institutes

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
The Education Finance Institute$15,000,000To Provide Covid-19 SupportBlue Meridian Partners
The Holdsworth Center$13,000,000Training Center ConstructionThe Charles Butt Foundation
Trustees for Harvard University$11,177,807CostHarvard University
Freedom Forum Institute$7,615,137General SupportFreedom Forum
RSF Social Finance (RSF)$4,256,266General SupportNew Field Foundation
Center for Global Development (CGD)$3,691,987International Education ResearchBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Economic Innovation Group (EIG)$3,533,285EmploymentNew Venture Fund
Economic Innovation Group (EIG)$3,533,285EmploymentNew Venture Fund
Rim Foundation$3,451,231Distribution of Charitable Assets in Accordance With Vanguard Sale AgreementLegacy DMC
American Bar Foundation$3,443,994Unrestricted Supports Law Related ResearchAmerican Bar Endowment
The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew)$3,400,00076818 Broadening the Community Opioid Response andRobert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Center for Global Development (CGD)$3,348,550International DevelopmentSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Urban Institute$3,324,102Us Poverty and Mobility AnalysisBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
National Opinion Research Center (NORC)$3,018,385Sub-AwardJohns Hopkins University (JHU)
Washington Center for Equitable Growth$3,000,000General SupportSandler Foundation
Machine Intelligence Research Institute$2,762,500SciencesSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Trustees for Harvard University$2,690,875To Support the Bipolar Disorder Fund for Neuroscience ResearchDauten Family Foundation
The Brookings Institution$2,640,000To Improving the Performance of American Institutions and the Quality of the Policies They Make.Hutchins Family Foundation
The Milken Institute$2,515,408For Donee's Exempt PurposeResnick Foundation
The Heritage Foundation$5,000General Operating SupportTown Branch Foundation
The Independent Institute$5,000General FundSusquehanna Foundation
Institute for Humane Studies$5,000Assistance for Charitable PurposeFoundation for Individual Liberty
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI)$5,000Assistance for Charitable PurposeFoundation for Individual Liberty
The Heritage Foundation$5,000To Aid the General Charitable Purpose of the OrganizationThe Karp Foundation
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI)$5,000To Help Org. Fulfill Its Charitable PurposeThe Karp 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 "Social science institutes" category for this page is determined by the "V20: Social Science Research Institutes, Services" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.