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.
The Numbers (United States)
- The number of organizations registered with the IRS changed by -0 percent from 108,222 in 2002 to 105,588 in 2012.
- The number of organizations reporting to the IRS changed -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to 96,123 in 2012.
- Total revenues for reporting organizations changed by -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to $105,723,913,298 in 2012.
- Total assets for reporting organizations changed by -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to 775,152,459,676 in 2012.
(Note: Financial data have not been adjusted for inflation.)
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.)
- By Size of Organization (Total Expenses, Total Revenue, or Assets)
- By Organization Age (The IRS's "ruling date.")
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