Consolidated Communications Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Consolidated Communications Foundation is a corporate funder that awards grants for hunger, homelessness, children and families, physical health, and mental health in Northern California and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Hunger, homelessness, children and families, physical health, mental health.

IP TAKE: The Roseville and Sacramento areas are of particular interest to this funder in Northern California, with the most money going towards children and families here.

PROFILE: Established in 1992, the Consolidated Communications Foundation (CCF) is the grantmaking arm of the broadband and business provider, Consolidated Communications. This company serves customers in a 24-state area and specialized in fiber optic networks, voice, data, video, cloud computing and wireless backhaul. Employees and management in the company’s California market established the foundation, which was later expanded to the company’s Kansas market. The foundation aims to support local nonprofits “serving those in need and creating more vibrant communities in which to live and work.” Grantmaking areas of interest include hunger, homelessness, children and families, physical health, and mental health.

CCF’s grantmaking program is funded through current and retired employees who donate money through payroll contributions that are matched by the company. A total of 100 percent of all employee donations go to organizations in need with no administrative costs taken out. Grantmaking is focused on giving back to the communities where these employees live, work, and play. Sacramento Business Journal has ranked CCF #7 in its list of corporate philanthropic foundations. As a general rule, this foundation does not support religious or political causes, special occasion or goodwill advertising, cause-related marketing, fraternal/veteran/labor groups to serve their memberships, individuals, or loans.

Foundation grants tend to be a few hundred to a few thousand dollars each. In a recent year, CCF provided more than $410,000 in funds to nonprofits and community initiatives in its three geographic giving programs. The funder awarded $90,000 in grants to California nonprofits in a recent half-year grant cycle. Although this company is headquartered in Mattoon, Illinois, its foundation grantmaking is focused on California, Kansas, and Minnesota. The following Northern California communities are in this foundation’s funding area: Antelope, Arden Park, Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Curtis Park, East Sacramento, Elk Grove, Downtown Sacramento, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Fruitridge, Granite Bay, Land Park, Lincoln, Midtown Sacramento, Natomas, North Highlands, Oak Park, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, Town & Country, and West Sacramento.

The foundation accepts new funding requests at certain times but not at others, so check the California page of its website for the most up-to-date deadline information. In general, funding requests are usually accepted between early-November and mid-January. The grant application is available online. Grantseekers can direct general questions to CCF at 844-968-7224 or via online form.

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