Grants for sports competitions

421 sports competitions received at least $30.5 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 1,285 grants made from 957 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 957 foundations, 91% made just a single grant to sports competitions, and 2% made grants to four or more sports competitions. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$30,458,993
Total grant dollars given to sports competitions
1,285
Number of grants made annually to sports competitions
957
Number of grantmakers funding sports competitions
$1,000
Median grant size to sports competitions

Foundations that support sports competitions

Out of all grants made to sports competitions, 80% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 94% of the dollar-value of grants to sports competitions. Foundations funding sports competitions also made grants to food banks, multiservice human service organizations, animal shelters, homeless shelters, and universities.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
774
Medium
 
97
Large
 
85
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
 
25
Private
 
791
Corporate
 
74
Other
 
67

Grants made

Grants made to sports competitionsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
873
2-3
 
63
4-10
 
9
11+
 
12

Top 10 foundations supporting sports competitions

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to sports competitionsNumber of grants made to sports competitionsMedian grant size
Carmax FoundationVANational0.3%30$500
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%29$500
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.1%28$1,000
BaxterILNational0.0%26$40
Synchrony FoundationCTNational0.1%22$100
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.0%20$50
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%17$152
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%12$384
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.0%12$50
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.0%11$100

Sports competitions grantees

Sports competitions with more than $5 million in total revenues received 97% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 60% of all sports competitions.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
1,280
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
5

Grant amount by grantee size

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

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
District of Columbia
 
191
California
 
105
Illinois
 
69
New York
 
61
Other
 
859

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Washington DC
 
193
Philadelphia
 
45
San Diego
 
42
Austin
 
39
Other
 
848

Top 25 grants made to sports competitions

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Us Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOC)$10,162,464General SupportUnited States Olympic Endowment
Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)$5,640,490Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
Colonial Athletic Association$4,876,610Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
America East Conference$4,561,187Scholarships/grantsNational Collegiate Athletic Association
Crim Fitness Foundation$3,300,000To Support the Expansion of A 21st Century Community Schools Model in Flint Community Schools and Other Flint Area Schools.Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Free To Run$5,000She Can Tri ProgramAll the Little Ones Foundation
Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio$5,000GeneralCharles Loehr Charitable Trust
Special Olympics Virginia$5,000General SupportCommonwealth Foundations
USA Wrestling$5,000To Support Events Held in Wisconsin DellsWisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau (WDVCB)
Special Olympics$5,000General SupportThe Permanente Foundation
Special Olympics Iowa$5,000Central Iowa Athlete Events and ProgramsPrairie Meadows Race Track & Casino
Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation$5,000EducationDTE Energy Foundation
Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI)$5,000Human NeedsDTE Energy Foundation
Special Olympics Florida$5,000Program SupportThe Miami Foundation
Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI)$5,000General SupportThe Thompson Family Foundation / Thompson Richard K Ttee
Us Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOC)$5,000UnrestrictedPaul D and Joyce B Rheingold Family Foundation
Special Olympics Hawaii$5,000General SupportThe Kosasa Foundation
Special Olympics Montana$5,000To Fund Olympic(s)tournaments for the Disabled.Herb Waltermire Comm Enhancement FNDT
Special Olympics Virginia$5,000Programming in Local SchoolsCommunity Foundation Serving Western Virginia
Special Olympics Utah$5,000HumanitarianThe Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation
Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI)$5,000Kalamazoo Participants - Special Olympics at WmuDorothy U Dalton Foundation
Special Olympics Idaho$5,000General Program SupportT-Mobile USA Foundation
Special Olympics Southern California$5,000General Program SupportT-Mobile USA Foundation
Special Olympics New Mexico$5,000General Program SupportT-Mobile USA Foundation
Special Olympics Southern California$5,000General Program SupportT-Mobile USA 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 "Sports competitions" category for this page is determined by the "N70: Amateur Sports Competitions" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.