21 Ways – Private Foundations

[cs_content][cs_element_section _id=”1″ ][cs_element_row _id=”2″ ][cs_element_column _id=”3″ ][cs_element_gap _id=”4″ ][cs_element_headline _id=”5″ ][cs_content_seo]21 Ways to Fund a Nonprofit
Information for Private and Family Foundations Accepting Contribution Requests\n\nSubheadline space\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_column][/cs_element_row][cs_element_row _id=”6″ ][/cs_element_row][cs_element_row _id=”7″ ][cs_element_column _id=”8″ ][cs_element_image _id=”9″ ][cs_element_gap _id=”10″ ][/cs_element_column][/cs_element_row][cs_element_row _id=”11″ ][cs_element_column _id=”12″ ][cs_element_text _id=”13″ ][cs_content_seo]Top foundations giving $1 million or more annually
The below list of foundations have been known to accept unsolicited grant/donation requests as of January 1, 2019.  Be sure to check each foundation’s website for current request guidelines as this information is subject to change at anytime without notice.\n\n[/cs_content_seo][cs_element_gap _id=”14″ ][cs_element_accordion _id=”15″ ][cs_element_accordion_item _id=”16″ ][cs_content_seo]Private Foundations by Contributions Given\n\nPrivate foundations are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public entities that use their own funds or funds from a small donor base to support charitable causes.  There are many types of private foundations including corporate, independent, and grant-making foundations. This list is made up of a various foundation types which have been selected based on their annual contribution amount and their willingness to accept unsolicited grant requests.

Foundation Name
City
State
990-PF Year
Total Assets
Charitable Giving

Ford Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$13,709,189,477
$556,032,905

Lilly Endowment Inc. 
Indianapolis
IN
2017
$15,079,716,377
$451,527,026

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Battle Creek
MI
2017
$412,181,797
$342,983,784

Wells Fargo Foundation
San Francisco
CA
2018
$26,352,887
$314,784,071

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$6,855,615,466
$302,078,167

Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Charlotte
NC
2017
$10,495,307
$162,446,844

Wal-Mart Foundation
Bentonville
AR
2017
$62,659,442
$151,362,130

Kresge Foundation
Troy
MI
2017
$3,951,731,079
$147,796,065

Duke Endowment
Charlotte
NC
2017
$2,682,038,711
$132,411,105

John Templeton Foundation 
West Conshohocken
PA
2017
$3,440,948,540
$128,709,712

Coca-Cola Company Foundation
Atlanta
GA
2017
$396,418,049
$98,392,981

Charles Koch Foundation
Wichita
KS
2017
$685,006,688
$88,776,579

James Irvine Foundation
San Francisco
CA
2017
$2,371,094,583
$87,377,604

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$1,874,496,418
$84,437,306

Colorado Health Foundation
Denver
CO
2017
$2,619,475,033
$80,139,883

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Kansas City
MO
2017
$2,430,928,764
$74,463,759

Houston Endowment
Houston
TX
2017
$1,364,353,629
$66,817,537

Heinz Endowments
Pittsburgh
PA
2017
$1,183,360,970
$57,153,700

Windgate Charitable Foundation
Little Rock
AR
2016
$581,719,652
$54,775,344

PNC Foundation
Pittsburgh
PA
2018
$178,431,659
$52,968,182

Ahmanson Foundation
Beverly Hills
CA
2016
$1,207,638,028
$52,899,938

Anschutz Foundation
Denver
CO
2016
$1,234,717,156
$51,854,012

Koch Foundation, Inc.
Gainesville
FL
2017
$86,878,775
$51,472,328

M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Vancouver
WA
2017
$1,193,676,004
$50,342,276

Lumina Foundation for Education
Indianapolis
IN
2017
$1,270,789,945
$46,040,104

Albertsons Foundation
Boise
ID
2017
$33,988,661
$44,429,202

Marisla Foundation
Laguna Beach
CA
2017
$40,729,551
$41,941,775

Otto Bremer Trust
St.Paul
MN
2018
$1,187,411,494
$41,795,040

Publix Super Market Charities
Lakeland
FL
2017
$276,357,395
$40,273,888

Metlife Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$159,281,848
$39,886,380

Fidelity Foundation
Salem
NH
2017
$980,830,060
$39,404,139

F.M. Kirby Foundation
Morrisown
NJ
2017
$378,424,352
$39,250,500

Longwood Foundation
Wilmington
DE
2017
$715,121,774
$39,073,752

Meyer Memorial Trust
Portland
OR
2017
$790,090,705
$35,854,817

California Wellness Foundation
Los Angeles
CA
2017
$1,006,120,644
$34,615,572

Pinkerton Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$689,134,144
$33,971,577

Duke Energy Foundation
Charlotte
NC
2017
$20,314,484
$33,635,027

Enterprise Holdings Foundation
St. Louis
MO
2016
$330,053,463
$33,133,960

Weingart Foundation
Los Angeles
CA
2017
$802,302,244
$30,029,147

Arcus Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$209,802,125
$28,347,803

Caterpillar Foundation
Peoria
IL
2018
$49,288,099
$27,411,700

James M Cox Foundation of GA Inc
Atlanta
GA
2017
$468,204,676
$24,713,190

Comcast NBCuniversal Foundation
Philadelphia
PA
2017
$8,535,060
$21,664,195

Dow Chemical Company Foundation
Midland
MI
2017
$40,722,775
$21,568,863

Inasmuch Foundation
Oklahoma City
OK
2017
$379,062,706
$19,952,076

Shell Oil Foundation
Houston
TX
2017
$18,582,808
$18,468,106

SunTrust Foundation
Atlanta
GA
2017
$285,525,048
$16,955,136

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation
Phoenix
AZ
2017
$2,893,374
$16,272,303

State Street Foundation
Boston
MA
2016
$8,600,245
$15,772,517

Northrop Grumman Foundation
Falls Church
VA
2017
$19,203,647
$15,644,915

DTE Energy Foundation
Detroit
MI
2017
$152,291,838
$15,397,171

Anthem Foundation
Indianapolis
IN
2017
$122,566,243
$13,733,296

American Electric Power Foundation
Columbus
OH
2018
$91,607,786
$12,719,479

Kroger Co Foundation
Cincinnati
OH
2017
$117,932,870
$12,567,518

Deloitte Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$26,069,627
$12,420,137

Cisco Systems Foundation
San Jose
CA
2017
$205,884,265
$12,417,327

State Farm Companies Foundation
Bloomington
IL
2017
$45,823,469
$12,314,420

Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation
Chicago
IL
2017
$1,391,901,639
$12,221,288

Humana Foundation
Louisville
KY
2017
$249,531,744
$11,591,429

Motorola Solutions Foundation
Chicago
IL
2017
$8,001,587
$10,914,181

Fifth Third Union Trust CO Foundation
Cincinnati
OH
2017
$26,691,267
$9,629,525

T. Rowe Price Foundation
Baltimore
MD
2017
$74,088,374
$9,377,205

Eaton Charitable Fund
Brooklyn
OH
2017
$1,471,083
$9,361,229

Georgia Power Foundation
Atlanta
GA
2017
$159,918,463
$8,631,537

Southern Company
Atlanta
GA
2017
$71,649,392
$7,433,127

Compass Bank Foundation
Houston
TX
2017
$2,318,342
$7,045,971

Aegon Transamerica Foundation
Cedar Rapids
IA
2017
$154,268,366
$7,041,598

Ecolab Foundation
St. Paul
MN
2017
$10,637,248
$6,988,767

Air Products Foundation
Allentown
PA
2017
$91,273,534
$6,884,552

CarMax Foundation
Richmond
VA
2017
$8,021,063
$6,540,986

Merancas Foundation
Charlotte
NC
2018
$33,578,280
$6,104,000

Oak Foundation USA
Portland
ME
2017
$60,658,161
$6,078,670

Clorox Company Foundation
Oakland
CA
2017
$1,144,740
$5,824,192

Halliburton Foundation
Houston
TX
2017
$11,248,138
$5,818,446

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Boston
MA
2017
$104,098,864
$5,668,135

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Lynn
MA
2018
$104,098,864
$5,668,135

Burton D Morgan Foundation Inc
Hudson
OH
2017
$116,284,739
$5,156,819

Voya Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$2,637,423
$4,886,735

Georgia-Pacific Foundation
Camas
WA
2017
$25,000
$4,550,296

Baxter Foundation
Deerfield
IL
2017
$78,160,856
$4,149,552

International Paper Foundation
Memphis
TN
2017
$66,809,179
$4,144,302

Mosaic Company Foundation
Plymouth
MN
2017
$2,343,145
$2,890,064

BrickStreet Foundation
Charleston
WV
2017
$43,317,288
$2,880,917

Tegna Foundation
Tysons
VA
2017
$3,896,079
$2,780,154

Kohler Foundation
Kohler
WI
2017
$55,595,427
$2,779,029

H&R Block Foundation
Kansas City
MO
2017
$63,648,132
$2,703,918

WestRock Foundation 
Norcross
GA
2018
$12,397,810
$2,469,318

Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
Winston-Salem
NC
2017
$13,392,967
$2,346,000

Express Scripts Foundation
St. Louis
MO
2017
$19,763,407
$2,297,955

In-N-Out Burgers Foundation
Irvine
CA
2017
$32,540,212
$2,284,500

Eastman Foundation
Kingsport
TN
2017
$2,676,644
$2,154,280

PacifiCorp Foundation
Portland
OR
2017
$50,561,306
$2,093,613

Mustard Seed Foundation, Inc.
Falls Church
VA
2018
$441,105
$1,943,634

Majestic Realty Foundation
City of Industry
CA
2017
$558,278
$1,642,403

A.O. Smith Corporation
Milwaukee
WI
2018
$6,001,416
$1,560,546

AEC Trust
Willmington
DE
2017
$37,493,916
$1,448,413

Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation
Ridgefield
CT
2018
$77,526,591
$1,447,491

Hallmark Cards Foundation
Kansas City
MO
2017
$262,392
$1,405,381

Kinder Morgan Foundation
Houston
TX
2018
$6,845,716
$1,353,772

American Honda Foundation
Torrance
CA
2017
$32,171,599
$1,208,043

First Nonprofit Foundation 
Hummelstown
PA
2017
$4,187,036
$1,200,042

GSF Foundation 
Irvine
CA
2017
$12,493,638
$1,194,370

AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation 
Wilmington
DE
2018
$6,127,547
$1,176,759

Avery Dennison Foundation
Glendale
CA
2017
$27,826,828
$1,130,248

American Water Charitable Foundation
Camden
NJ
2017
$23,867,154
$1,023,699

The source for this information is www.irs.gov, guidestar.org, and each foundation’s public website, respectively.  This information was accessed between January 1, 2019 and August 30, 2019.\n\n[/cs_content_seo][cs_element_accordion_item _id=”17″ ][cs_content_seo]Family Foundations by Contributions Given\n\nThe term “Family” foundation is not a term recognized by the IRS and there is no IRS definition for it.  The nonprofit sector uses the term “family” foundation in a descriptive way because two-thirds of private foundations are formed, controlled, and funded using private family assets. This list is made up of foundations that were formed as family foundations.  Over time, a family foundation may transition into a private foundation governed by a diverse board.  Some of the foundations on this list have made that transition; however, the majority of the foundations listed here are still considered “Family Foundations”.
These foundations were selected based on their annual contribution amount and their willingness to accept unsolicited grant requests.

Foundation Name
City
State
990-PF Filing  Year
Total Assets
Charitable Contributions

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle
WA
2017
$51,830,224,097
$4,415,204,265

Walton Family Foundation
Bentonville
AR
2017
$3,651,954,185
$490,674,838

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Menlo Park
CA
2017
$9,888,877,234
$431,219,377

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton
NJ
2017
$11,399,649,815
$418,469,294

David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Los Altos
CA
2017
$7,850,230,455
$335,249,144

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago
IL
2017
$6,999,766,070
$255,597,682

Carnegie Corporation of New York
New York
NY
2017
$3,581,604,875
$159,033,581

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Atlanta
GA
2017
$653,534,918
$149,765,015

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Flint
MI
2017
$3,098,258,647
$123,519,474

William Penn Foundation
Philadelphia
PA
2017
$2,589,456,614
$112,911,385

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Tulsa
OK
2017
$2,113,431,833
$106,065,282

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Miami
FL
2017
$2,325,815,386
$104,030,191

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Owens Mills
MD
2016
$1,908,695,656
$94,527,288

Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation 
Atlanta
GA
2018
$1,530,189,362
$91,778,344

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Austin
TX
2017
$1,831,518,540
$89,650,845

Annenberg Foundation
Conshohocken
PA
2017
$1,609,958,544
$85,610,590

Moody Foundation
Galveston
TX
2017
$855,208,148
$76,658,511

Houston Endowment
Houston
TX
2017
$1,364,353,629
$66,817,537

Jack, Joseph, & Morton Mandel Foundation
Cleveland
OH
2017
$1,628,473,410
$52,538,154

Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Milwaukee
WI
2017
$913,084,548
$48,190,369

Henry Luce Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$889,025,360
$39,552,527

Joyce Foundation
Chicago
IL
2017
$1,062,106,276
$36,440,380

Goizueta Foundation
Atlanta
GA
2107
$469,208,375
$32,382,603

Skoll Foundation
Palo Alto
CA
2017
$618,798,067
$31,155,850

Rockefeller Brothers Fund
New York
NY
2017
$1,213,633,061
$30,706,826

Ford Family Foundation
Roseburg
OR
2017
$935,604,462
$29,725,631

Sobrato Family Foundation
Mountainview
CA
2017
$288,142,117
$29,153,336

Amon G. Carter Foundation
Fort Worth
TX
2017
$404,097,783
$27,700,536

Rasmuson Foundation
Anchorage
AK
2017
$711,676,707
$26,495,042

Gates Family Foundation
Denver
CO
2018
$459,776,527
$20,628,758

Mathile Family Foundation
Dayton
OH
2016
$240,484,050
$20,600,332

Timken Foundation of Canton
Canton
OH
2017
$65,687,958
$13,483,594

Hearst Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$357,347,333
$12,370,000

Segal Family Foundation
Warren
NJ
2017
$124,944,785
$12,052,860

Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation
Royal Oak
MI
2017
$299,168,241
$11,922,567

Sara Giles More Foundation
Atlanta
GA
2017
$40,359,330
$11,657,700

Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation
Atlanta
GA
2017
$57,269,870
$7,869,385

Adolf Coors Foundation
Denver
Co
2017
$194,216,804
$7,476,583

Semnani Family Foundation 
Salt Lake City
UT
2017
$85,966,347
$4,381,338

Russell Sage Foundation
New York
NY
2017
$347,230,046
$4,054,244

Winthrop Rockerfeller Foundation
Little Rock
AR
2017
$141,195,708
$3,956,791

Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust
Laredo
TX
2017
$66,557,056
$3,709,000

Henry T. Nicholas III Foundation 
Aliso Viejo
CA
2017
$33,039,267
$3,273,199

John and Polly Sparks Foundation
Pennington
NJ
2017
$62,824,206
$3,228,050

Scaife Family Foundation
Pittsburgh
PA
2017
$72,571,452
$2,904,000

Anschutz Family Foundation
Denver
CO
2017
$33,009,511
$2,466,500

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
Washington
DC
2017
$60,526,018
$1,918,730

McLaughlin Family Foundation 
Oklahoma City
OK
2018
$32,904,949
$1,545,570

Chatlos Foundation 
New York
NY
2018
$54,055,096
$1,521,600

Jesse Parker Williams Foundation
Atlanta
GA
2017
$31,682,252
$1,201,500

The source for this information is www.irs.gov, guidestar.org, and each foundation’s public website, respectively.  This information was accessed between January 1, 2019 and August 30, 2019.\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_accordion][cs_element_gap _id=”18″ ][/cs_element_column][/cs_element_row][/cs_element_section][/cs_content]