501(c)(3) Private Foundations


There are approximately 100,000 private foundations in the U.S. A founding individual, a family, or a corporation usually endows these organizations. The vast majority make grants to fund 501(c)(3) public charities, although they may also provide scholarships, support government activities, or conduct operating activities similar to those of public charities. Not all private foundations file annually with the IRS. Revenues and assets below are only for those organizations that do.

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The Numbers (United States)

  • The number of organizations registered with the IRS changed by 0 percent from 108,807 in 2002 to 112,646 in 2012.
  • The number of organizations reporting to the IRS changed -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to 99,582 in 2012.
  • Total revenues for reporting organizations changed by -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to $49,725,033,062 in 2012.
  • Total assets for reporting organizations changed by -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to 921,794,178,723 in 2012.

(Note: Financial data have not been adjusted for inflation.)

Statistical Tables

Registered Organizations

Organizations That File Annually with the IRS

These foundations filed IRS Form 990-PFs. (All registered private foundations are required to do so, but some may have ceased operations.)

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