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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Grantmaking Foundations

Overview: the U.S. Grantmaking Foundations Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Grantmaking Foundations: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Grantmaking Foundations industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Membership Services

Rental Of Non-Residential Space In Buildings Or Other Facilities

All Other Receipts

All Other Operating Receipts

Contributions, Gifts, And Grants - Government

Contributions, Gifts, And Grants - Private

Investment Income, Including Interest And Dividends

Gains (Losses) From Assets Sold (Report Losses By Including A Dash Prior To The Dollar Amount.)

Program Service Revenue Including Government Fees And Contracts

All Other Revenue

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

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Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Grantmaking Foundations company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Grantmaking Foundations industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Grantmaking Foundations measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 16%

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Top Executives 6%
Chief Executives1%
General and Operations Managers 5%
General and Operations Managers5%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 26%
Business Operations Specialists 22%
Fundraisers 9%
Fundraisers 9%
Miscellaneous Business Operations Specialists 8%
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 8%
Community and Social Service Occupations 11%
Counselors, Social Workers, and Other Community and Social Service Specialists 11%
Miscellaneous Community and Social Service Specialists 8%
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 6%
Media and Communication Workers 5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 22%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 9%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 9%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 6%
Other Office and Administrative Support Workers 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Grantmaking Foundations Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

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Innovation News

  • U.s. Soccer Federation Foundation trademarks "PASSBACK" - Charitable services - 05/23/2017

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    U.s. Soccer Federation Foundation

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • Five Best Practices Of Extraordinary Grantmakers - Here’s what these extraordinary grantmakers can teach us ... Much has been written about efforts to “streamline” foundation application processes — reducing the number of hoops applicants must jump through, right-sizing applications to the grant ... (01/10/2018)
    • Kohler Foundation names new executive director - Previously, Taylor was director of True Value Foundation in Chicago, where she oversaw grant making, fundraising, scholarships, financial planning and operations, and served on the inaugural board of directors. Taylor will manage the development and ... (01/10/2018)
    • Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Names New Chair and Vice Chair - Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation ... (01/10/2018)
    • Bohemian Foundation Seeks Grant Applicants - What: The Bohemian Foundation today announced that Pharos Fund is now accepting applications for the Spring 2018 grant round. Pharos Fund is a responsive grantmaking initiative of Bohemian Foundation’s Community Programs. Bohemian Foundation is a ... (01/10/2018)
    • Bush Foundation exec Duchesne Drew offers insight on their $900M endowment - More importantly, we make being more inclusive and equitable into our staff professional development goals and into the grantmaking we do. This is a priority and area where we are committed to growing. The Bush Foundation has a mantra – “Think bigger. (01/10/2018)
    • Cleveland Foundation announces new hires, streamlined grant process - CLEVELAND, Ohio - - The Cleveland Foundation on Monday announced two hires and a plan to restructure its staff in an effort to refine its grant-making process and have a greater impact on the community. Dale Anglin officially joined the foundation in ... (01/09/2018)
    • What Happens When a Funder Listens to Nonprofit Advice on Good Grantmaking? - But practice has shifted at the Iowa West Foundation in recent years. Prodded in part by a national call by nine nonprofit leaders to philanthropy to adopt grantmaking practices that are more actively supportive and respectful, Iowa West Foundation CEO ... (01/09/2018)
    • Act Foundation continues begins 2018 grant cycle, calls for application - Inspired by an unmatchable success rate during its first year of existence, Nigeria’s grant-making non-profit, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation has announced the commencement of its 2018 grant cycle. Naira The 2018 grant cycle which began with ... (01/08/2018)
    • Fortifying community's foundation - The foundation experienced unprecedented growth in assets, grant-making and scholarships doled out under Bennett's leadership. There was also a shift in gift-giving at the organization, allowing money to be given toward community development initiatives ... (01/03/2018)
    • FCA Foundation names Estereicher as permanent CEO - Fiat Chrysler's U.S. unit has named Christine Estereicher to lead its corporate grantmaking arm, the FCA Foundation. The appointment was made in October but not publicly announced. Estereicher, who was also named director of state relations, civic ... (12/28/2017)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $377,919 on Grantmaking Foundations. It has awarded 17 contracts to 10 companies, with an average value of $37,792 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Grantmaking Foundations to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Membership Services
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Grantmaking FoundationsOpportunity/Threat
    Business Associations
    Professional Organizations
    Condominium & Homeowner's Associations & Athletic Associations
    Human Rights Organizations
    Environment, Conservation & Wildlife Organizations

    Since sales from Grantmaking Foundations are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Membership Services, companies in the Grantmaking Foundations industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
    Membership Services Product Sales Report

    Social Assistance
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Grantmaking FoundationsOpportunity/Threat
    Voluntary Health Organizations
    Business Associations
    Human Rights Organizations Competing industry
    Condominium & Homeowner's Associations & Athletic Associations Competing industry
    Environment, Conservation & Wildlife Organizations Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Social Assistance are less than those from Grantmaking Foundations. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Social Assistance sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Social Assistance Product Sales Report

    Licensing Of Rights To Use Intellectual Property
    Licensing Of Rights To Use Intellectual Property Product Sales Report

    Licensing Of Rights To Intellectual Prop - Protected By Copyright
    Licensing Of Rights To Intellectual Prop - Protected By Copyright Product Sales Report

    Licensing Of Rights To Use Intellectual Property - Protected By Trademark
    Licensing Of Rights To Use Intellectual Property - Protected By Trademark Product Sales Report

    Segments classified within this market research report

    This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
    Scholarship trusts (i.e., grantmaking, charitable trust foundations), Charitable trusts, awarding grants, Grantmaking foundations, Community foundations, Corporate foundations, Trusts, educational, charitable, Philanthropic trusts, Educational trusts, religious, etc.

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