Grants for unions and employment organizations

2,830 unions and employment organizations received at least $283.5 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 2,393 grants made from 1,694 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,500. Of these 1,694 foundations, 84% made just a single grant to unions and job orgs, and 2% made grants to four or more unions and job orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$283,532,467
Total grant dollars given to unions and employment organizations
2,393
Number of grants made annually to unions and employment organizations
1,694
Number of grantmakers funding unions and employment organizations
$1,500
Median grant size to unions and employment organizations

Foundations that support unions and employment organizations

Out of all grants made to unions and employment organizations, 75% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 65% of the dollar-value of grants to unions and job orgs. Foundations funding unions and job orgs also made grants to youth development programs, multiservice human service organizations, religious organizations, universities, and food banks.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
1,281
Medium
 
219
Large
 
191
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
 
57
Private
 
1,304
Corporate
 
106
Other
 
227

Grants made

Grants made to unions and job orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
1,430
2-3
 
218
4-10
 
35
11+
 
11

Top 10 foundations supporting unions and employment organizations

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to unions and job orgsNumber of grants made to unions and job orgsMedian grant size
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%64$250
Seattle FoundationWAState0.1%38$1,000
Charity Partners FoundationMANational1.9%27$119
Westrock FoundationGANational0.0%27$20
Baird FoundationWINational0.6%24$656
Synchrony FoundationCTNational0.2%23$500
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.1%23$130
Alliant Energy FoundationWIState0.7%17$1,000
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.1%13$750
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.1%12$4,094

Unions and employment organizations grantees

Unions and employment organizations with more than $5 million in total revenues received 76% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 36% of all unions and job orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
2,341
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
52

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$2,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,500
>$5M
 
$1,800

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
260
New York
 
226
Massachusetts
 
154
Washington
 
143
Other
 
1,610

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
205
Boston
 
126
Seattle
 
123
Chicago
 
105
Other
 
1,671

Top 25 grants made to unions and employment organizations

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
The Shirley Ware Education Center$32,500,000Project SupportKaiser Permanente
Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)$29,500,000To Provide Covid-19 SupportBlue Meridian Partners
California Teachers Association$11,793,904Financial AssistanceNational Education Association of the United States
Philadelphia Youth Network$8,088,633Job-TrainingPhiladelphia Works
Hotel Restaurant and Club Employees and Bartenders Union$8,083,606FMVNew York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC)
Clarkson Regional Health Services$8,000,000General SupportNebraska Medicine
AFL-CIO - Working America$6,813,500Operating Subsidy, Program Support, Office SpaceAmerican Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
Dallas County Hospital District$6,547,623CashParkland Foundation
Dallas County Hospital District$6,547,623Support To PHHS Capital Projects and Patient ProgramsParkland Foundation
Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)$6,000,000To Support Ceo'S Current Strategic PlanThe Edna Mcconnell Clark Foundation
Motivation Education and Training (MET)$5,906,444Recruitment, Training, and Job Placement of SeniorsSenior Service America (SSAI)
New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)$5,849,383Financial AssistanceNational Education Association of the United States
PRIDE Industries$5,757,768General SupportPRIDE Industries
American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees - C0093ma AFSCME Council 93$5,553,998Contractual AgreementsAmerican Federation of State County and Municipal Employees
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees$5,130,240AllocationAmerican Federation of State County and Municipal Employees
Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA)$5,045,419Financial AssistanceNational Education Association of the United States
Ohio Education Association$5,027,951Financial AssistanceNational Education Association of the United States
The Louisville Urban League$5,008,000Support Construction and Operation of the Sports and Learning Complex To Support and Assist African Americans and Other Minority Groups To Attain Social and Economic Equality and StabilityNorton Healthcare
Jobs for the Future (JFF)$4,800,000Postsecondary SuccessBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Michigan Education Association$4,473,060Financial AssistanceNational Education Association of the United States
Illinois Education Association$4,354,483Financial AssistanceNational Education Association of the United States
Impact Services Corporation$4,192,072Job-TrainingPhiladelphia Works
Massachusetts Teachers Association$4,117,932Financial AssistanceNational Education Association of the United States
Year Up$4,000,000To Support Scaling PlanBlue Meridian Partners
New England Carpenters Training Fund (NECTF)$4,000,000Support for Training.North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters
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 "Unions and employment organizations" category for this page is determined by the "J00: Employment, Job Related: General" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.