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What are Foundations Funding? -- Foundation Center as Grant Resource

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

We often get questions from people about how “fundable” their organization or project might be if they continue to do this or start to do that. While each situation is unique in its own way, dependent upon many variables such as location, need and population served, tax-exempt status, etc., this got us thinking, just how much grant money do various “fundable” areas attract? 

For some intitial answers, we turned to The Foundation Center, an online resource that not only provides grant-maker and grant recipient information, but also collects and distributes data on the number of grant-making organizations (federal agencies or foundations), dollars distributed, and more. 

According to The Foundation Center, there were 81,777 foundations in the United States in 2011 that gave almost $49 billion ($48,998,948,594 to be exact). The total number of foundations included all independent, corporate, community, and operating foundations. The total amount given includes grants that were paid to organizations and individuals as well as employee matching gifts. In comparison, the total amount these foundations brought in from donors totaled $42,158,676,746, which included all cash and in-kind contributions. 

What areas of need or interest received these monies? The chart below displays the distribution of these funds by the top 1,000 foundations.

Foundation Grants   Funded Areas   Graph 1    

Just as some need or interest areas received more grant money than others, some states and areas received more grant money than others. The chart below demonstrates the top seven states in the U.S. that received the most money from the top 1,000 foundations.

     Foundation Grants   Funded Areas   Graph 2

According to the 2010 U. S. Census, the states mentioned above had the following populations as of the end of 2010. As you can see, the population of states did not always matter in where the states ranked in receiving funding.

State

Population

Population Rank   (if in Top 10)

Funding Rank

California

37,253,956

1st

1st

District of Columbia

601,723

N/A

3rd

Illinois

12,830,632

5th

7th

Massachusetts

6,547,629

N/A

4th

New York

19,378,102

3rd

2nd

Pennsylvania

12,702,379

6th

6th

Texas

25,145,561

2nd

5th

Finally, The Foundation Center reports that 86% of the grant money distributed by the top 1,000 grant-making foundations was distributed nationwide, whereas 14% of it was distributed to organizations outside the U.S.

If you are interested in more statistics or data on how much your particular geographical locations or areas of need or interest receive from grant-makers, you may want to visit The Foundation Center’s press room. There, you can find frequently asked questions, grant and grant maker statistics, the top funders, and more. 

If you need assistance interpreting grant information or are interested in finding grant funds that fit your organization’s needs, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Topics: foundation funding, foundation grant, foundation grants, areas of funding