Foundation Stats

About Foundation Stats

The Foundation Center's Foundation Stats provides the most comprehensive resource available for generating tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community.

Foundation Stats


In 2012 the U.S. Was Home to 86,192 Foundations With $715 Billion in assets and $52 Billion in giving

Foundations provides access to the latest total giving, asset, and other key fiscal information for all U.S. independent, corporate, community, and operating foundations that reported giving in their most recent fiscal years. The data included in Foundations comes from Foundation Center surveys of the nation's largest foundations, foundation web sites and other public reporting, and from the IRS information returns filed annually by all U.S. foundations.

What's Included

All active U.S. independent, corporate, community, and grantmaking
operating foundations

Key financial data
(e.g., total giving, assets, and gifts received)

What's Not Included

Foundations that reported $0 in giving

Non-U.S. grantmakers

Public charities, other than community foundations


In 2012 A Subset of the Nation's Largest Foundations Awarded 153,821 grants Totaling $22.4 Billion

Grants shows how 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations distribute their domestic and international giving to organizations by issue, population, and geographic focus. It includes all of the grants of $10,000 or more awarded by this set of independent, corporate, and grantmaking operating foundations, as well as unrestricted and donor-advised fund grants (when available) for community foundations. Giving by these foundations together accounts for more than half of overall U.S. foundation giving each year. Grant amounts reflect the full authorized value of the grant in the year the grant was made, if this information was provided by the foundation. Otherwise, the grant amount reflects the amount paid in the year it was reported. The data included in Grants comes from direct reporting of grant-level data to the Foundation Center by foundations, foundation web sites and other public reporting, and from the IRS information returns filed annually by all U.S. foundations.

What's Included

1,000 of the top U.S. foundations by giving

All of their grants of $10,000 or more

Domestic and international grants

Full authorized grant amounts in the year the grant was made (if available)

Grants from unrestricted and donor-advised funds at community foundations
(if provided by the foundation)

What's Not Included

Grants to individuals

Grants from restricted funds at
community foundations

Grants from public charities, other than community foundations

Get Started With Foundation Stats

Choose your data set

Foundation data, which includes fiscal information on all active funders in a given fiscal year

Quick Start - Foundation Data



Choose the Foundations tab


Filter the data set by fiscal year, foundation type, and foundation location


Select the type of output for the filtered data: as aggregate information or as a list of top foundations by total giving, assets, or gifts received


View the data output as a list of data, a chart, or trends over time (when applicable)


The charts and tables can be sorted by category or by values


Export the data as a formatted PDF image, or as a machine-readable CSV (or just copy and share the URL)

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Don't see the exact data you're looking for?

Work with Foundation Center staff to get data customized according to your exact specifications.

Fees depend on the data you need and start at $350.

To learn more, contact our research staff at

Foundation Stats data is open and free.

Use this API and Query Builder tools to extract this data in your own applications. Web developers who are working in languages like JavaScript, PHP, and/or .NET can follow a simple three-step process to use the data:

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Sign up for your API key so you can get access to the data (although an API key is required, access to the data is always free).

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Use Our Query Builder

Construct a URL on your own, or use our query builder (see below).

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Insert the URL

Insert that URL into your own application (popular use for URLs like these are in AJAX applications)

Frequently Asked Questions

How frequently is Foundation Stats updated?

Both Grants and Foundations data are updated annually.

How can I share the data that I generate with others?

Data that you generate through Foundation Stats can easily be shared by copying and pasting the link or downloading a PDF.

Where can I find data not on this site?

If you are interested in obtaining data for earlier years or seeking more customized statistical tables and lists, Foundation Center staff will work with you to customize data according to your exact specifications. Contact us at

Can I access tables from the previous FC Stats site?

Tables from the previous FC Stats site available upon request.

What is the difference between Grants and Foundations?

Tables and charts in Foundations are based all active U.S. independent, corporate, community, and grantmaking operating foundations, while data from Grants is based on individual grant records of $10,000 or more awarded by 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations by giving.

Is there an API or developer program?

Yes, please visit for more information.

Are there restrictions to using the data found on this site?

Permission to use, copy, and/or distribute any data generated from Foundation Stats in whole or in part for internal purposes without fee is granted provided that the appropriate credit to the Foundation Center is included in copies of all individual documents.

Creative Commons License
Foundation Stats by Foundation Center is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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