Grants for universities

700 universities received at least $3.6 billion in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 7,679 grants made from 3,785 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $2,000. Of these 3,785 foundations, 70% made just a single grant to universities, and 7% made grants to four or more universities. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$3,596,986,694
Total grant dollars given to universities
7,679
Number of grants made annually to universities
3,785
Number of grantmakers funding universities
$2,000
Median grant size to universities

Foundations that support universities

Out of all grants made to universities, 80% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 60% of the dollar-value of grants to universities. Foundations funding universities also made grants to colleges, educational institutions, religious organizations, and trade / professional associations.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
3,030
Medium
 
371
Large
 
382
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
 
98
Private
 
3,186
Corporate
 
139
Other
 
362

Grants made

Grants made to universitiesNumber of grantmakers
1
 
2,675
2-3
 
808
4-10
 
235
11+
 
67

Top 10 foundations supporting universities

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to universitiesNumber of grants made to universitiesMedian grant size
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational1.7%142$250
Fidelity FoundationMANational9.5%131$1,000
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.4%116$1,000
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.8%100$850
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.3%93$390
Baird FoundationWINational1.8%88$500
Tulsa Community FoundationOKNational0.3%69$5,000
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT)TNMetro0.2%63$1,000
The Richard M Schulze Family FoundationMNMetro0.6%60$5,000
Johnson Controls FoundationWINational0.9%58$1,025

Universities grantees

Universities with more than $5 million in total revenues received 99% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 99% of all universities.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
7,411
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
268

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$880
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,000
$1M-$5M
 
$2,250
>$5M
 
$2,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
893
Pennsylvania
 
787
Massachusetts
 
712
Illinois
 
555
Other
 
4,732

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Boston
 
596
Chicago
 
525
Philadelphia
 
473
New York City
 
463
Other
 
5,117

Top 25 grants made to universities

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
New York University (NYU)$882,312,690Support Clinical, Educational, and Research Activities of Nyu School of Medicine.Nyu Langone Hospitals
Stanford University$121,264,579BookStanford Health Care
Stanford University$113,641,277Children's HealthLucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Harvard University$100,000,000Support for Education and ResearchBlavatnik Family Foundation
Stanford University$77,672,477Access To Care and Research SupportStanford Health Care
Washington University in St. Louis (Wash. U)$54,451,315Research, Patient Support, Education, MD RecruitmentThe Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois$54,285,219CashBig Ten Conference (B1G)
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois$54,285,219To Support the Missions of Member InstitutionsBig Ten Conference (B1G)
Northwestern University$54,276,781CashBig Ten Conference (B1G)
Northwestern University$54,276,781To Support the Missions of Member InstitutionsBig Ten Conference (B1G)
Stanford University$48,010,136BookStanford Health Care
Baylor University (BU)$39,942,188CashBig Twelve Conference
Baylor University (BU)$39,942,188Annual DistributionBig Twelve Conference
Texas Christian University (TCU)$37,093,936CashBig Twelve Conference
Texas Christian University (TCU)$37,093,936Annual DistributionBig Twelve Conference
Stanford University$33,856,623Annual Distribution To Support Member InstitutionsPAC-12 Conference
University of Southern California (USC)$33,601,641Annual Distribution To Support Member InstitutionsPAC-12 Conference
Boston College$32,408,502Allocation of General SupportAtlantic Coast Conference
University of Miami (UM)$32,290,818Allocation of General SupportAtlantic Coast Conference
University of Pittsburgh$32,221,006Allocation of General SupportAtlantic Coast Conference
Wake Forest University (WFU)$32,053,592Allocation of General SupportAtlantic Coast Conference
Duke University$31,140,673Allocation of General SupportAtlantic Coast Conference
Syracuse University (SU)$31,106,635Allocation of General SupportAtlantic Coast Conference
Northwestern University$28,852,048Academic and Other SupportNorthwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC)
Emory University$27,650,000Discovery and Translational Sciences; Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases; Malaria; Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health; MNCH Discovery and Tools; Neglected Tropical Diseases; Pneumonia; Vaccine DevelopmentBill & Melinda Gates 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 "Universities" category for this page is determined by the "B43: University or Technological Institute" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.