The Top 100 Charities by Revenue in 2019

The top 100 charities for 2019 combined earn $181.0 billion in revenues each year and have $291.1 billion in investable assets
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The top 100 charities with the most revenue are massive and diverse. With each charity earning between $779.1 million and $10 billion in revenues, these organizations combined earn $181.0 billion in revenues each year and have $291.1 billion in investable assets.

Mission-wise, foundations (including donor-advised funds) are the most common, with ~20% of the top 100 charities. International development and relief organizations come second, with ~12% of the charities. Third place is surprising: Pharmaceutical charities set up by drug companies to help people pay for their prescription medications. After that are research institutes, sports leagues, religious organizations, and a variety of others.

Trends among the top 100 charities

Breakdown of top 100 charities by metro area

Nonprofit type Top metro areas
New York City100.0%
 
13
 
Washington DC53.8%
 
7
 
St. Louis53.8%
 
7
 
San Francisco38.5%
 
5
 
Philadelphia38.5%
 
5
 
Los Angeles38.5%
 
5
 
Boston30.8%
 
4
 
Seattle23.1%
 
3
 
Indianapolis23.1%
 
3
 
San Jose15.4%
 
2
 
Dallas15.4%
 
2
 
Columbus, OH15.4%
 
2
 
Chicago15.4%
 
2
 
Bridgeport15.4%
 
2
 
Atlanta15.4%
 
2
 
Albany, NY15.4%
 
2
 

Breakdown of top 100 charities by category of charity

Nonprofit type Top categories
Christian organizations100.0%
 
18
 
Health finance organizations72.2%
 
13
 
Public foundations55.6%
 
10
 
Private foundations50.0%
 
9
 
International humanitarian organizations33.3%
 
6
 
Religious organizations22.2%
 
4
 
Engineering and technology research centers22.2%
 
4
 
Home health care agencies22.2%
 
4
 
Biological research centers16.7%
 
3
 
Community foundations11.1%
 
2
 
Nonprofit management centers11.1%
 
2
 
Educational service providers11.1%
 
2
 

List of the top 100 charities

  1. Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
    Revenue
    $12 billion
    EIN
    11-0303001
    Location
    Year founded
    1990
    Employees
    0
  2. Battelle Memorial Institute
    Revenue
    $9.2 billion
    EIN
    31-4379427
    Location
    Year founded
    1925
    Employees
    37,218
  3. The Global Fund
    Revenue
    $6.9 billion
    EIN
    98-0380092
    Location
    Switzerland
    Year founded
    2002
    Employees
    0
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    Revenue
    $5.8 billion
    EIN
    56-2618866
    Location
    Year founded
    2007
  5. National Philanthropic Trust
    Revenue
    $5.3 billion
    EIN
    23-7825575
    Year founded
    1996
    Employees
    147
  6. Schwab Charitable Fund
    Revenue
    $4.8 billion
    EIN
    31-1640316
    Year founded
    1999
    Employees
    0
  7. Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund
    Revenue
    $3.7 billion
    EIN
    31-1774905
    Location
    Year founded
    2001
    Employees
    0
  8. Feeding America
    Revenue
    $3.5 billion
    EIN
    36-3673599
    Location
    Year founded
    1988
    Employees
    313
  9. Advanced Technology International
    Revenue
    $3.4 billion
    EIN
    57-1067151
    Website
    Year founded
    1998
    Employees
    283
  10. Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation
    Revenue
    $3.3 billion
    EIN
    26-2502555
    Year founded
    2010
  11. Senior Care Action Network Health Plan
    Revenue
    $3.0 billion
    EIN
    95-3858259
    Year founded
    1983
    Employees
    1,165
  12. Genentech Access To Care Foundation
    Revenue
    $3.0 billion
    EIN
    46-0500266
    Website
    Year founded
    2003
  13. HCR Manorcare
    Revenue
    $3.0 billion
    EIN
    82-5373223
    Location
    Year founded
    2018
    Employees
    57,375
  14. Partners Pooled Investment Holdings LLC
    Revenue
    $2.8 billion
    EIN
    82-1715859
    Year founded
    2017
    Employees
    0
  15. American National Red Cross
    Revenue
    $2.8 billion
    EIN
    53-0196605
    Year founded
    1900
    Employees
    18,984
  16. Johnson and Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation
    Revenue
    $2.8 billion
    EIN
    31-1520982
    Website
    Year founded
    1997
  17. Ascension Health
    Revenue
    $2.3 billion
    EIN
    45-3358926
    Location
    Year founded
    2011
    Employees
    7,230
  18. Gavi the Vaccine Alliance
    Revenue
    $2.3 billion
    EIN
    98-0593375
    Website
    Location
    Switzerland
    Year founded
    2009
    Employees
    23
  19. Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado
    Revenue
    $2.2 billion
    EIN
    84-0405257
    Year founded
    1968
    Employees
    11,161
  20. Presbyterian Healthcare Services
    Revenue
    $2.1 billion
    EIN
    85-0105601
    Website
    Year founded
    1908
    Employees
    13,795
  21. International Committee of the Red Cross
    Revenue
    $2.1 billion
    EIN
    98-6001029
    Website
    Location
    Switzerland
    Year founded
    1863
    Employees
    18,827
  22. Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
    Revenue
    $2.0 billion
    EIN
    23-2888152
    Location
    Year founded
    1997
    Employees
    63
  23. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Revenue
    $2.0 billion
    EIN
    04-2263040
    Location
    Year founded
    1951
    Employees
    6,972
  24. Passport Health Plan
    Revenue
    $1.9 billion
    EIN
    61-1325905
    Year founded
    1997
    Employees
    202
  25. VNS Choice
    Revenue
    $1.9 billion
    EIN
    13-3951057
    Location
    Year founded
    1995
    Employees
    838
  26. Direct Relief
  27. Mitre
    Revenue
    $1.9 billion
    EIN
    04-2239742
    Website
    Location
    Year founded
    1958
    Employees
    9,388
  28. National Christian Foundation / Natl Christian Charitable FDN Inc
    Revenue
    $1.8 billion
    EIN
    58-1493949
    Year founded
    1982
    Employees
    199
  29. Lilly Cares Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.7 billion
    EIN
    35-2027985
    Year founded
    1998
  30. Silicon Valley Community Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.7 billion
    EIN
    20-5205488
    Year founded
    2006
    Employees
    283
  31. Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.5 billion
    EIN
    22-3622487
    Website
    Year founded
    1999
  32. Research Foundation for the State University of New York
    Revenue
    $1.5 billion
    EIN
    14-1368361
    Website
    Location
    Year founded
    1951
    Employees
    15,071
  33. Smithsonian Institution
    Revenue
    $1.5 billion
    EIN
    53-0206027
    Website
    Year founded
    1846
    Employees
    7,219
  34. Mercy Hospitals East Communities
    Revenue
    $1.5 billion
    EIN
    43-0653493
    Website
    Year founded
    1891
    Employees
    38
  35. Commonwealth Care Alliance
    Revenue
    $1.5 billion
    EIN
    04-3756900
    Location
    Year founded
    2003
    Employees
    1,489
  36. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
    Revenue
    $1.5 billion
    EIN
    72-0423651
    Year founded
    1956
    Employees
    9,263
  37. American Online Giving Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.5 billion
    EIN
    81-0739440
    Location
    Year founded
    2015
    Employees
    0
  38. Bayada Home Health Care
    Revenue
    $1.4 billion
    EIN
    23-1943113
    Website
    Year founded
    2018
    Employees
    51,868
  39. Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Revenue
    $1.4 billion
    EIN
    59-0735717
    Website
    Year founded
    1953
    Employees
    2,474
  40. Saint Francis Hospital
    Revenue
    $1.4 billion
    EIN
    73-0700090
    Location
    Year founded
    1960
    Employees
    7,439
  41. Amgen Safety Net Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.4 billion
    EIN
    22-3850021
    Year founded
    2003
  42. AmeriCares Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.4 billion
    EIN
    06-1008595
    Location
    Year founded
    1979
    Employees
    208
  43. American Endowment Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.3 billion
    EIN
    34-1747398
    Location
    Year founded
    1993
    Employees
    84
  44. Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust
    Revenue
    $1.3 billion
    EIN
    52-7082731
    Year founded
    2001
    Employees
    0
  45. Aids Healthcare Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.3 billion
    EIN
    95-4112121
    Year founded
    1987
    Employees
    2,446
  46. Mount Carmel Health System
    Revenue
    $1.3 billion
    EIN
    31-1439334
    Location
    Year founded
    1995
    Employees
    10,866
  47. Franciscan Health System
    Revenue
    $1.2 billion
    EIN
    91-0564491
    Website
    Location
    Year founded
    1891
    Employees
    8,459
  48. Good Ventures Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.2 billion
    EIN
    46-1008520
    Year founded
    2013
  49. World Vision
    Revenue
    $1.2 billion
    EIN
    95-1922279
    Year founded
    1950
    Employees
    1,009
  50. Merck Patient Assistance Program
    Revenue
    $1.5 billion
    EIN
    01-0575520
    Year founded
    2003
  51. Avera McKennan
    Revenue
    $1.1 billion
    EIN
    46-0224743
    Website
    Year founded
    1911
    Employees
    8,880
  52. Health Research Incorporated
    Revenue
    $1.1 billion
    EIN
    14-1402155
    Location
    Year founded
    1953
    Employees
    2,430
  53. Aerospace Corporation
    Revenue
    $1.1 billion
    EIN
    95-2102389
    Year founded
    1960
    Employees
    4,961
  54. Virginia Premier Health Plan
    Revenue
    $1.1 billion
    EIN
    54-1760974
    Location
    Year founded
    2010
    Employees
    1,529
  55. The Nature Conservancy
    Revenue
    $1.1 billion
    EIN
    53-0242652
    Website
    Year founded
    1951
    Employees
    4,091
  56. Pfizer Patient Assistance Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.4 billion
    EIN
    26-1437283
    Location
    Year founded
    2008
  57. Sacred Heart Health System
    Revenue
    $1.1 billion
    EIN
    59-0634434
    Location
    Year founded
    1915
    Employees
    6,972
  58. College Board
    Revenue
    $1.1 billion
    EIN
    13-1623965
    Location
    Year founded
    1900
    Employees
    2,104
  59. Walton Family Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.5 billion
    EIN
    13-3441466
    Year founded
    1988
  60. Community Behavorial Health
    Revenue
    $1.0 billion
    EIN
    23-2766661
    Year founded
    1994
    Employees
    590
  61. Dogwood Health Trust
    Revenue
    $1.0 billion
    EIN
    83-0590696
    Year founded
    2019
  62. Ascension Technologies
    Revenue
    $1.0 billion
    EIN
    65-1257719
    Location
    Year founded
    2005
    Employees
    4,060
  63. Tides Foundation
    Revenue
    $1.0 billion
    EIN
    51-0198509
    Website
    Year founded
    1976
    Employees
    0
  64. Presence Chicago Hospitals Network
    Revenue
    $1.0 billion
    EIN
    36-2235165
    Location
    Year founded
    1949
    Employees
    0
  65. Educational Testing Service
    Revenue
    $1.0 billion
    EIN
    21-0634479
    Website
    Year founded
    1947
    Employees
    30,871
  66. MHM Support Services
    Revenue
    $1.0 billion
    EIN
    20-2553101
    Website
    Year founded
    2004
    Employees
    51,438
  67. Step Up For Students
    Revenue
    $988 million
    EIN
    59-3649371
    Year founded
    2000
    Employees
    288
  68. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
    Revenue
    $973 million
    EIN
    06-0646813
    Location
    Year founded
    1897
    Employees
    336
  69. Manitou Fund
    Revenue
    $969 million
    EIN
    41-6055113
    Year founded
    1966
  70. Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society
    Revenue
    $964 million
    EIN
    45-0228055
    Year founded
    1922
    Employees
    27,364
  71. Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
    Revenue
    $963 million
    EIN
    94-3100217
    Year founded
    1990
  72. riverspring health plans
    Revenue
    $959 million
    EIN
    80-0517818
    Location
    Year founded
    2009
    Employees
    397
  73. Compassion International Incorporated
    Revenue
    $953 million
    EIN
    36-2423707
    Year founded
    1956
    Employees
    1,196
  74. Kettering Medical Center
    Revenue
    $946 million
    EIN
    31-0621866
    Year founded
    1959
    Employees
    11,153
  75. Trinity Broadcasting of Texas
    Revenue
    $933 million
    EIN
    74-1945661
    Website
    Year founded
    1973
    Employees
    443
  76. Lilly Endowment
    Revenue
    $929 million
    EIN
    35-0868122
    Year founded
    1938
  77. Renown Health
    Revenue
    $918 million
    EIN
    88-0213754
    Website
    Location
    Year founded
    1985
    Employees
    0
  78. Research Triangle Institute
    Revenue
    $917 million
    EIN
    56-0686338
    Website
    Year founded
    1958
    Employees
    5,401
  79. Blue Meridian Partners
    Revenue
    $907 million
    EIN
    81-5086187
    Location
    Year founded
    2017
    Employees
    44
  80. Samaritan's Purse
    Revenue
    $894 million
    EIN
    58-1437002
    Location
    Year founded
    1980
    Employees
    4,039
  81. Baylor Scott & White HealthTexas Provider Network
    Revenue
    $891 million
    EIN
    75-2536818
    Location
    Year founded
    1994
    Employees
    5,929
  82. Knight Foundation
    Revenue
    $887 million
    EIN
    91-1791788
    Year founded
    1997
  83. Good360
    Revenue
    $879 million
    EIN
    54-1282616
    Year founded
    1984
    Employees
    68
  84. Open Society Foundations
    Revenue
    $878 million
    EIN
    26-3753801
    Location
    Year founded
    2009
  85. BCFS Health and Human Services
    Revenue
    $873 million
    EIN
    74-1260710
    Year founded
    1944
    Employees
    3,503
  86. St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center Catholic Health Services
    Revenue
    $868 million
    EIN
    11-2050523
    Website
    Location
    Year founded
    1922
    Employees
    4,478
  87. The Chicago Community Trust
    Revenue
    $862 million
    EIN
    36-2167000
    Website
    Location
    Year founded
    1915
    Employees
    138
  88. Mother Frances Hospital Regional Health Care Center
    Revenue
    $847 million
    EIN
    75-0818167
    Location
    Year founded
    1958
    Employees
    5,382
  89. Global Health Solutions
    Revenue
    $846 million
    EIN
    20-3674498
    Location
    Year founded
    2005
    Employees
    0
  90. Saint Joseph Health System / Saint Joseph Mount Sterling
    Revenue
    $844 million
    EIN
    61-1334601
    Year founded
    1998
    Employees
    4,618
  91. Providence St Joseph Hospital
    Revenue
    $836 million
    EIN
    95-1643359
    Location
    Year founded
    1941
    Employees
    3,123
  92. Southeastern Conference
    Revenue
    $833 million
    EIN
    63-0377461
    Year founded
    1933
    Employees
    47
  93. American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences
    Revenue
    $829 million
    EIN
    25-0965219
    Website
    Year founded
    1946
    Employees
    2,175
  94. SSM Health Care Corporation
    Revenue
    $829 million
    EIN
    46-6029223
    Year founded
    1874
    Employees
    2,941
  95. Save the Children Federation
    Revenue
    $808 million
    EIN
    06-0726487
    Year founded
    1932
    Employees
    1,469
  96. International Rescue Committee
    Revenue
    $805 million
    EIN
    13-5660870
    Website
    Location
    Year founded
    1933
    Employees
    2,246
  97. Camp Bowie Service Center
    Revenue
    $802 million
    EIN
    94-3299123
    Location
    Year founded
    1998
    Employees
    0
  98. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
    Revenue
    $782 million
    EIN
    94-1655673
    Year founded
    1968
  99. Driscoll Children's Health Plan
    Revenue
    $780 million
    EIN
    74-2838488
    Year founded
    1997
    Employees
    535
  100. Sanofi Cares North America Formerly The Sanofi Foundation for North America
    Revenue
    $779 million
    EIN
    43-1614543
    Year founded
    1992

Methodology

Cause IQ digitizes and cleans electronic and paper / scanned Form 990s for over 400,000 IRS-registered tax-exempt organizations. We narrowed these to only 501(c)(3) organizations, and excluded hospitals, colleges, universities, insurance companies, and their respective foundations. We did this because most of our customers colloquially do not include these when they refer to "charities". We also limited organizations to those eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions (i.e., appearing on the IRS's Publication 78).

Article originally published on December 18, 2019.

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