Appendix H: Which foundations invested most in social justice strategies?

Table 1: Top 20 foundations by share of grant dollars for social justice, 2003-2013.

Foundation Name State Type

% of its grant dollars
for social justice

Public Welfare Foundation, Inc. DC IN 77%
Gill Foundation CO IN 75
The Hyams Foundation, Inc. MA IN 68
Marguerite Casey Foundation WA IN 66
New York Foundation NY IN 65
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Inc. NY IN 63
Carnegie Corporation of New York NY IN 62
Arcus Foundation NY IN 60
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc. NY IN 58
Sea Change Foundation CA IN 58
The Overbrook Foundation NY IN 58
Mertz Gilmore Foundation NY IN 57
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund CA IN 56
Open Society Foundations NY IN 54
Moriah Fund DC IN 54
The Nathan Cummings Foundation NY IN 54
Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc. CT IN 53
William T. Grant Foundation NY IN 53
The Fund for New Jersey NJ IN 52
The Commonwealth Fund NY IN 52

IN = Independent Foundation

Table 2: Top 20 foundations by total grant dollars for social justice, 2003-2013

Foundation Name State Type Total U.S. Dollars
for social justice
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation WA IN $1,878,479,380
Ford Foundation NY IN    1,435,363,555
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation NJ IN 1,107,246,658
W. K. Kellogg Foundation MI IN 909,208,269
Open Society Foundations NY IN 706,622,723
The California Endowment CA IN 443,535,694
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation CA IN 416,194,831
Annenberg Foundation CA IN 381,569,764
Carnegie Corporation of New York NY IN 368,344,700
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation FL IN 368,164,161
Lilly Endowment Inc. IN IN 367,826,803
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation IL IN 332,655,776
The James Irvine Foundation CA IN 310,443,284
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation CA IN 293,882,675
The Wallace Foundation NY IN 286,134,944
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation NE IN 282,475,087
Walton Family Foundation, Inc. AR IN 274,837,252
The Kresge Foundation MI IN 247,691,881
The Annie E. Casey Foundation MD IN 212,241,962
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation MI IN 201,847,470

IN = Independent Foundation