GE Foundation: Fundraising for Disasters & Refugees

OVERVIEW: The GE Foundation awards grants for natural disaster response and recovery efforts. On a smaller scale, the foundation also promotes humanitarian aid, specifically medical and education aid, in certain regions of the world.

IP TAKE: GE tends to award its disaster response and relief grants to organizations with which it has already developed a relationship.

PROFILE: In funding a variety of natural disaster relief projects, the GE foundation has supported efforts from Japan to Bangladesh. The foundation also supports efforts to address man-made disasters. Regardless of the kind of disaster, the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Organizations can apply for a grant only once GE has contacted them to let them know they may submit a proposal. As a result, the majority of GE Foundation funds go to large and established nonprofits. 

An affiliate of the GE Foundation, the GE Volunteers Foundation runs a Disaster Relief Fund, which awards grants and provides volunteers for community-based organizations to assist in response and recovery efforts. While the GE foundation does not have a specific program that addresses refugee aid, the foundation gives indirectly to such causes through medical equipment and medical training. 

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