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How the Richest Private U.S. Philanthropies Stack Up

Organization Founded Main source of wealth 2014 assets
(in billions)
2014 grants
(in millions)
Mission
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2000 Computer software $44.32
 
$3,991
 
Help all people lead healthy, productive lives
Ford Foundation 1936 Automobiles $12.40
 
$508
 
Strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, and more
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 1968 Health products $10.50
 
$362
 
Improve the health and health care of all Americans
J. Paul Getty Trust 1953 Oil $10.14
 
$36
 
Advance the understanding and preservation of the visual arts
Lilly Endowment 1937 Pharmaceuticals $10.07
 
$349
 
Support religion, education, and community development
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 1966 Electronics $9.04
 
$360
 
Solve social and environmental problems such as poverty and climate change
W.K. Kellogg Foundation 1930 Cereal $8.62
 
$311
 
Create conditions so that vulnerable children can realize their full potential
David and Lucile Packard Foundation 1964 Electronics $7.08
 
$295
 
Improve the lives of children, families, and communities; restore and protect the planet
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation 2000 Computer hardware $6.56
 
$220
 
Create enduring impact in environmental conservation, patient care, and science
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 1970 Insurance $6.47
 
$220
 
Help build a more just, verdant, and peaceful world

Where That $220 Million Went

Last year the MacArthur Foundation granted money toward a huge array of issues worldwide. This year MacArthur Foundation president Julia Stasch is making fewer, bigger bets: for example, on justice, security, and the environment. That means some existing grantees will see their funding cut. Read more about the changes.

2014 Grants by Issue …

… and by Location

NOTES: Excludes community foundations. Founding date as of creation, not funding. 2014 numbers reflect each foundation’s fiscal year; MacArthur’s were updated at presstime. Numbers in pie charts are approximate; grants by issue are the amounts budgeted for 2014; grants by location are for the typical year. Justice includes human rights; communities includes housing and economic development; education includes digital media and learning; environment includes conservation, sustainable development, and climate change mitigation; population includes migration and reproductive health.
SOURCES: Foundation Center; the respective foundations; Chicago estimates

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