Verizon Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Verizon Foundation supports a variety of organizations dedicated to women and girls. The foundation emphasizes domestic violence prevention and education in its related grantmaking.   

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

PROFILE: Formerly known as the Bell Atlantic Foundation, the Verizon Foundation was established in 1985 as the primary philanthropic arm of its corporate sister. The foundation does not discriminate in its grantmaking and supports a wide range of programs that “benefit diverse communities including minorities, veterans, and LGBTQ+”.  The foundation supports both secular and non-secular organizations. It invests in 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 maintain a specific grantmaking program supporting girls and women’s organizations; however, its tax filings indicate an interest in supporting global health related organizations. In the past, Verizon has awarded grants to organizations such as Girls Who Code, Connections for Abused Women and Families, and Empowering Women Leaders.  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. 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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