[Question] How much do major foundations grant per hour of staff time?

[Edit: origi­nal source has been found. The way I framed this ques­tion was off, since I’d mis-re­mem­bered it as “amount that a given grant­maker grants per year” rather than “grants per hour of staff time”. Up­dated the ti­tle]

I re­call read­ing an ar­ti­cle once that claimed that, when ex­am­in­ing many small and large foun­da­tions, it turned out that there was a max­i­mum amount that a given grant­maker typ­i­cally gave out. And as or­ga­ni­za­tions scaled to give out more money, this amount stayed sur­pris­ingly fixed, with a higher over­head ra­tio than you might have ex­pected.

(i.e. when an org gives out a mil­lion a year, it has N grant­mak­ers, and when it gives out 100 mil­lion a year, it typ­i­cally has 100N grant­mak­ers).

I don’t re­mem­ber the num­ber, or the method­ol­ogy that de­ter­mined it. Cu­ri­ous if any­one can re­mem­ber the ar­ti­cle. (It might have been from OpenPhil’s blog, or it might have been some ran­dom news site).

I vaguely re­mem­ber the num­ber “3” be­ing in­volved, pos­si­bly $300k, or $3 mil­lion.

The take­away I re­mem­ber was some­thing like “you might naively think you can scale up an or­ga­ni­za­tion and then give away money more effi­ciently, but weird forces seem to limit that.”

Does this sound fa­mil­iar to any­one?