Private charitable foundations.
To the general public, they’re just those names they hear read off at the end of their favorite NPR show.
But to nonprofit development workers, they’re a valuable source of funding and support.
Many of these foundations pay out millions of dollars a year to deserving nonprofit organizations. Often times, the causes they support align with the values of the wealthy individual who founded them (even if he or she has long since passed).
So who are the biggest players in private foundations near you? I put together this handy spreadsheet breaking down the largest foundations by state, along with how much they distributed in the form of grants for the latest calendar year available (2014 for most).
Take a look to see who’s near you!