Edit Module

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


Edit Module
Edit Module
Submit your comment

Comments are moderated. We review them in an effort to remove foul language, commercial messages, abuse, and irrelevancies.