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Patterns in foundation grant making form the background context of many nonprofit organizations’ grant-seeking efforts and are potentially of considerable interest to them as competitive grant seekers.

 

This post will explore recipients’ shares (stated as percentages) of the total number of foundation-awarded grants in terms of various types of applicants identified in the Foundation Center’s Foundation Giving Trends series. Later posts will explore other related trends in foundation grant making.

 

Shares of Total Numbers of Grants: The Losers

In exploring trends in foundation grant making during 2005-2009, among the Losers in terms of their shares of total numbers of foundation grants were:

  • Education – down from 19.9% to 19.5%
  • Arts and Culture – down from 14.3% to 13.4%
  • Public Affairs – down from 12.1% to 11.4%
  • International Affairs – down from 2.6% to 2.5%
  • Social Sciences – down from 1.0% to 0.8%

 

Within these trends, the biggest losers were Arts and Culture (down 0.9% of total awards), Public Affairs (down 0.7% of total awards), and Education (down 0.4% of total awards).

 

Naturally, the shares awarded to each type of applicant fluctuated considerably year-to-year, and selecting different start- and end-points will yield different results. For the two points selected here, only the trend-lines for Arts and Culture and for Social Sciences had a consistently flat or downward slope.

 

 

Share (as %) of

Total Number of Grants Awarded

Categories

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Arts and Culture

14.3%

14.3%

14.3%

13.9%

13.4%

Education

19.9%

20.3%

20.0%

19.5%

19.5%

Int’l Affairs, Development, Peace

2.6%

2.7%

2.4%

2.7%

2.5%

Public Affairs, Society Benefit

12.1%

12.0%

11.4%

11.2%

11.4%

Social Sciences

1.0%

0.9%

0.9%

0.9%

0.8%

 

Shares of Total Numbers of Grants: The Winners

In exploring trends in foundation grant making during 2005-2009, among the Winners in terms of their shares of total numbers of foundation grants were:

  • Health – up from 13.1% to 13.4%
  • Human Services – up from 26.0% to 27.3%
  • Environment and Animals – up from 6.3% to 6.8%
  • Religion – up from 3.1% to 3.3%
  • Science and Technology – flat at 1.6% to 1.6%
  • Other – flat at 0.1% to 0.1%

 

Within these trends, the biggest winners were Human Services (up 1.3% of total awards), Environment and Animals (up 0.5% of total awards), and Health (up 0.3% of total awards).

 

Once again, the shares awarded to each type of applicant fluctuated considerably year-to-year, and selecting different start- and end-points will yield different results. For the two points selected here, only the trend-line for Other had a consistently flat slope.

 

 

Share (as %) of Total Number of Grants Awarded

Categories

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Environment and Animals

6.3%

6.1%

6.6%

6.6%

6.8%

Health

13.1%

13.0%

13.1%

13.5%

13.4%

Human Services

26.0%

25.7%

26.0%

26.4%

27.3%

Religion

3.1%

3.2%

3.5%

3.5%

3.3%

Science and Technology

1.6%

1.7%

1.8%

1.7%

1.6%

Other

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

 

Later posts will look at the most recently reported status of distributions of foundation grant awards across the recipient categories and compare them to the historical trends.

 

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