Autodesk Foundation: Grants for Disasters

OVERVIEW: The Autodesk Foundation awards disaster response and relief grants, in-kind donations, and employee volunteers to help recovery efforts.

IP TAKE: Autodesk is on the lookout for innovative organizations with dynamic leaders and teams to carry out disaster response and relief work. Smaller and grassroots outfits should note that this funder tends to back larger international organizations. 

PROFILE: The Autodesk Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the software company of the same name. The foundation supports “organizations taking on humanity’s biggest challenges” and responds to global calamities with grants, in-kind donations, and volunteers.

The foundation backs groups that respond to both natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Recent tax filings suggest this funder backs natural disaster response and recovery efforts more often than humanitarian crises.

Grants typically range from $10,000 to $20,000, and Autodesk does not make a large number of awards each year. In the past, the foundation has offered support in the wake of the Nepal earthquake, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the Ebola crisis in Africa. To learn more about organizations receiving Autodesk support, explore its grantees page.

The Autodesk Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Instead, it uses its “extensive network” to seek out suitable grantees.


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