Grants for television broadcasters

204 television producing and broadcasting nonprofits received at least $306.7 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 996 grants made from 706 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 706 foundations, 88% made just a single grant to tv broadcasters, and 2% made grants to four or more tv broadcasters. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$306,662,401
Total grant dollars given to television broadcasters
996
Number of grants made annually to television broadcasters
706
Number of grantmakers funding television broadcasters
$1,000
Median grant size to television broadcasters

Foundations that support television producing and broadcasting nonprofits

Out of all grants made to television broadcasters, 78% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 99% of the dollar-value of grants to tv broadcasters. Foundations funding tv broadcasters also made grants to universities, food banks, land conservation groups, homeless shelters, and international humanitarian organizations.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
551
Medium
 
85
Large
 
70
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
 
625
Corporate
 
37
Other
 
28

Grants made

Grants made to tv broadcastersNumber of grantmakers
1
 
627
2-3
 
58
4-10
 
12
11+
 
9

Top 10 foundations supporting television producing and broadcasting nonprofits

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to tv broadcastersNumber of grants made to tv broadcastersMedian grant size
Seattle FoundationWAState0.1%45$1,000
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.0%21$500
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)NJNational0.0%21$500
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.0%18$1,000
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.0%18$80
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%16$275
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.1%13$2,500
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.0%13$125
Corporation for Public BroadcastingDCNational25.0%12$6,590,569
Johnson Controls FoundationWINational0.0%10$80

Television producing and broadcasting nonprofits grantees

Television broadcasters with more than $5 million in total revenues received 99% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 85% of all tv broadcasters.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
976
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
20

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$500
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$4,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$750

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
150
Pennsylvania
 
110
California
 
97
Washington
 
77
Other
 
562

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
118
Philadelphia
 
80
Los Angeles
 
72
Seattle
 
71
Other
 
643

Top 25 grants made to television broadcasters

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Iowa State Univeristy of Science and Technology$100,386,531See Part IvIowa State University Foundation
Iowa State Univeristy of Science and Technology$39,394,877Annual DistributionBig Twelve Conference
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)$29,243,900TVPRGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Sesame Workshop (SW)$25,107,013To Enhance Caregiver-Child Engagement and Improve Children's Learning and Socio-Emotional Outcomes By Implementing A Large-Scale Early Childhood Intervention in the Syrian Response Region.John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation
Independent Television Services$15,574,046TVPRGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)$12,900,590RTLCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Wnet$12,237,557TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)$11,088,222Support for Films, Outreach, EducationThe Better Angels Society
WGBH Educational Foundation$7,859,857TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
WGBH Educational Foundation$6,765,954TVPRGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)$6,415,184TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)$6,160,903TVPRGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Independent Television Services$6,025,000Arts & CultureSilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
Kcetlink PBS Socal Or Link TV$5,533,638TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Twin Cities Public Television (TPT)$3,894,800TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Iowa State Univeristy of Science and Technology$3,747,386ResearchFoundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)
Window To the World Communications (WTTW)$3,642,410TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)$3,250,000Execution of Mental Health SponsorshipKaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP)
WGBH Educational Foundation$3,184,136See Part Iv: #1Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission$3,095,165TVCSGCorporation for Public Broadcasting
Iowa State Univeristy of Science and Technology$5,000Scholarship for 2019-2020 Academic YearInland Empire Community Foundation (TCF)
Connecticut Public Broadcasting$5,000Inform, Educate and Inspire the People of ConnecticutTrinity Health of New England Corporation
Ideastream$5,000General OperationsHastings Community Foundation
CBA Television Productions$5,000Project SupportThe Chicago Bar Foundation
Klru$5,000SponsorshipAustin Parks Foundation (APF)
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 "Television broadcasters" category for this page is determined by the "A32: Television" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.