Enterprise Holdings Foundation: Grants for Disasters and Refugees

OVERVIEW: The charitable arm of the national car rental company Enterprise, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation awards grants to groups working disaster and recovery efforts around the world.

IP TAKE: Even though this is a rather large foundation, its grants are relatively modest. This is not a funder to approach for large grants.

PROFILE: The Enterprise Holdings Foundation was founded in 1982 by Enterprise Rent-A-Car founder Jack Taylor. The company now includes the Alamo and National car rental brands. Like many corporate nonprofits, the foundation was established as a means for the company to “give back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”

While most of this work encompasses organizations working in the United States, the St. Louis-based foundation does award global grants focused on disaster relief and recovery efforts—its biggest beneficiary being the American Red Cross.

Enterprise is a relatively large foundation, however, it tends to keep its grants modest. Typical amounts fall in the $2,500 to $5,000 range and first-time grantees are often limited to amounts not exceeding $1,500. Grantseekers should also note that nearly 90 percent of awards are done at the behest of Enterprise Holdings employees. 

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications three times per year (February 1, August 1, and November 1 by midnight EST) and the board meets to make grant decisions in mid-to-late October, November, and February. Grantees generally learn if their proposal has been approved within about a month of submitting. 

PEOPLE:

  • Jo Ann Kindle, President and Director

  • Rick Short, Vice President and Director

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