The Best Buy Foundation Gives Back Where Its Stores Are

The Best Buy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the consumer electronics big box store, and through its Community Grant Program gives to schools, libraries, and other local nonprofits that provide“21st-century skills” to teens aged 13 – 18.

If you have a program for underserved students in this age range, this foundation funds technology-utlizing programs that are hands-on and creative. There are lots of opportunities here, so long as your organization and its work occurs within 50 miles of a Best Buy location, including its stores, mobile stations, distribution centers and service centers.

There's plenty of opportunity to find the chain's nearly ubiquitous bright yellow sign within 50 miles of your program, and the Best Buy Foundation really does give throughout its for-profit footprint. Recent grantees provide an Americana roadtrip through 44 states (plus Washington, D.C.). Here's a bunch, state by state:  

  • AL: $2,500 to the Shoals Area Chamber Foundation (Florence)
  • AK: $7,500 to the Girl Scouts of Alaska (Anchorage)
  • AZ: $8,000 to Junior Achievement of Arizona (Tempe)
  • AR: $6,562 to the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation (Fayetteville)
  • CA: $2,000 to the Knox School (Santa Barbara)
  • CO: $8,000 to Rocky Mountain BEST (Littleton)
  • CT: $5,000 to the American School for the Deaf (West Hartford)
  • DE: $7,000 to the Rose Hill Community Center (New Castle)
  • DC: $7,500 to the Latin American Youth Center
  • FL: $5,000 to the Orlando Science Schools (Orlando)
  • GA: $3,500 to the Georgia Robotics Alliance (Atlanta)
  • HI: $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (Honolulu)
  • ID: $6,000 to Gizmo-CDA (Coeur d'Alene)
  • IA: $4,400 to the Mitchellville Public Library (Mitchelleville)
  • IL: $6,500 to the Childrens First Fund-the Chicago Public Schools (Chicago)
  • IN: $5,500 to Carmel High School (Carmel)
  • KY: $5,000 to the Louisville Central Community Center (Louisville)
  • LA: $4,000 to the Bossier Arts Council (Bossier City)
  • ME: $5,000 to the Mission Possible Teen Center (Westbrook)
  • MD: $6,000 to the Dulaney VEX Robotics Club (Timonium)
  • MA: $6,000 to Sociedad Latina (Roxbury)
  • MI: $7,500 to ITEC Lansing (Lansing)
  • MN: $5,000 to the Page Education Foundation (Minneapolis)
  • MS: $5,000 to the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center (Gulfport)
  • NE: $6,500 to Girls Incorporated of Omaha (Omaha)
  • NV: $7,000 to Damonte Ranch High School (Reno)
  • NH: $1,200 to the Circle Program (Plymouth)
  • NJ: $5,000 to the Jubilee Center (Hoboken)
  • NM: $10,000 to the Albuquerque Boys Club (Albuquerque)
  • NY: $5,000 to BronxNet (New York, NY)
  • NC: $7,500 to UNC Pembroke (Pembroke)
  • OH: $5,000 to the Great Lakes Museum of Science, Environment, and Technology (Cleveland)
  • OK: $5,000 to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma (Tulsa)
  • OR: $6,500 to Beaverton PAL (Beaverton)
  • PA: $7,500 to the Bald Eagle Area School District (Wingate)
  • RI: $11,000 to Education in Action (Providence)
  • SC: $7,500 to Carolina Studio Corp (Charleston)
  • TN: $7,500 to RePublic Schools (Nashville)
  • TX: $10,000 to the Plano Public Library System (Plano)
  • UT: $5,000 to Spy Hop Productions (Salt Lake City)
  • VT: $4,336 to the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington (Burlington)
  • VA: $8,500 to the Blacksburg Children's Museum (Blacksburg)
  • WV: $7,000 to Golden Girl Group Home (Ceredo)
  • WI: $5,000 to the YMCA of the Fox Cities (Appleton)
  • WY: $10,000 to Greater Wyoming Big Brothers Big Sisters (Laramie)

Community Grant applications are due early July. If you happen to be a Twin Cities-based organization, then a special pot called the Twin Cities Fund gives you the opportunity to apply four times per year.

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