Grants for summer camps

1,151 recreational and summer camps received at least $119.4 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 2,045 grants made from 1,540 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,300. Of these 1,540 foundations, 87% made just a single grant to summer camps, and 2% made grants to four or more summer camps. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$119,364,050
Total grant dollars given to summer camps
2,045
Number of grants made annually to summer camps
1,540
Number of grantmakers funding summer camps
$1,300
Median grant size to summer camps

Foundations that support recreational and summer camps

Out of all grants made to summer camps, 79% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 96% of the dollar-value of grants to summer camps. Foundations funding summer camps also made grants to multiservice human service organizations, religious organizations, food banks, educational service providers, and boys and girls clubs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
1,231
Medium
 
175
Large
 
133
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
 
38
Private
 
1,303
Corporate
 
78
Other
 
121

Grants made

Grants made to summer campsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
1,352
2-3
 
143
4-10
 
33
11+
 
12

Top 10 foundations supporting recreational and summer camps

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to summer campsNumber of grants made to summer campsMedian grant size
Baird FoundationWINational0.3%33$13
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%22$240
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%19$1,000
The Oscar C Rixson FoundationNCNational4.7%19$500
Arkansas Community FoundationARState0.0%18$1,000
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.1%17$1,500
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%16$230
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.1%16$250
Carmax FoundationVANational0.1%13$500
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.1%11$2,000

Recreational and summer camps grantees

Summer camps with more than $5 million in total revenues received 94% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 20% of all summer camps.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
2,040
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
5

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,266
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,700
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
324
California
 
166
Texas
 
108
Missouri
 
107
Other
 
1,340

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
273
Los Angeles
 
99
Atlanta
 
66
Kansas City
 
61
Other
 
1,228

Top 25 grants made to summer camps

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Camp Bowie Service Center$96,913,317Per AgreementKaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP)
Camp Bowie Service Center$6,692,348Per AgreementKaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP)
Victory Junction$4,497,422CCS - Child WelfareUnited Way of Greater St. Louis
Camp Beech Cliff$4,000,000EndowmentFidelity Foundation
Florida Elks Youth Camp$3,139,512Support Operations of Youth CampHarry-Anna Investment Fund
Camp Mak-A-Dream$5,000General OperatingKingsbury Memorial Foundation
One Heartland$5,000Wilderness PreservationFerguson Foundation
Kids Across America (KAA)$5,000Program SupportChristian Community Foundation of Memphis and the Mid-South
Camp Anderson Corporation$5,000Program AssistanceAlbemarle Foundation
Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs$5,000Social ServicesThe Columbus Foundation
Flying Horse Farms$5,000Social ServicesThe Columbus Foundation
Catholic Youth Summer Camp (CYSC)$5,000Social ServicesThe Columbus Foundation
Flying Horse Farms$5,000Social ServicesThe Columbus Foundation
Catholic Youth Summer Camp (CYSC)$5,000Social ServicesThe Columbus Foundation
Camp Hebron$5,000GrantHarold N and Thelma G Lenker Millersburg Community Trust
Lighthouse Ministries of Canton$5,000Meeting the Social-Emotional, Cognitive, Physical and Spiritual Needs of At-Risk Children and Families in Se CantonKismet Foundation
Camp Magical Moments Cancer Camp for Kids$5,000Equipment NeedsVoigt Foundation
The Circle Program$5,000Unrestricted DonationMclaneharper Charitable Foundation
Camp Challenge$5,000General AssistanceZurich Classic of New Orleans
Live Oak Wilderness Camp$5,000General AssistanceZurich Classic of New Orleans
Camp Spalding$5,000Christian CampSelah Charitable Trust
Camp For Change$5,000EntreprenuershipThe Richard M Schulze Family Foundation
The Goodtimes Project$5,000501(c)3 Fundraising GalaLu-Wong Foundation
John Austin Cheley Foundation$5,000UnrestrictedThe OAK Foundation
Texas Lions Camp Texas Lions League for Children (TLC)$5,000To Provide Outdoor Recreation To YouthGreater Killeen Lions Club 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 "Summer camps" category for this page is determined by the "N20: Recreational and Sporting Camps" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.