Verizon Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Verizon Foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to LGBT causes; however, it offers grants to LGBTQ organizations across the country.

IP TAKE: This corporate funder’s grants tend to be on the modest side and rarely exceed $10,000.

PROFILE: Formerly known as the Bell Atlantic Foundation, the Verizon Foundation was established in 1985 and is the primary philanthropic arm of the global technology and telecommunications company. The foundation does not discriminate in its grantmaking and supports a wide range of programs that “benefit diverse communities including minorities, veterans, and LGBTQ+.”  Verizon supports both secular and non-secular organizations. The Verizon Foundation’s grantmaking programs include science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM education) for K-12 youth, and domestic violence prevention and education for youth, women, and older adults.

The foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to LGBTQ organizations; however, its tax filings indicate an interest in this field. Past grantees include organizations such as Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Gay and Lesbian National Hotline. To learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking, download its latest available tax filings here.

Verizon typically awards a large number of modest-sized grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Grants generally support smaller and established organizations about equally.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding; however, it encourages grantseekers to get in touch with their local community relations manager to learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking.


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