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