Verizon Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Verizon Foundation’s animal-related giving often supports local chapters of the Humane Society, rescue shelters, and pet adoption organizations.

IP TAKE: While Verizon is a massive corporation, it is a relatively modest grantmaker.  As a result, grantseekers should expect modest support at most. 

PROFILE: The Verizon Foundation does not name specific grantmaking program for animals and wildlife nor does it state a clear mission. Instead, it prefers a broad approach, enabling the foundation to invest funds in areas it deems necessary each year. It does, however, support causes important to its employees, which includes animals and wildlife.

According to its tax filings, the foundation gives widely to local animal shelters, rescue organizations, and service animal outfits. For example, 4 Paws for Ability and 2nd Chance Pet Adoptions are grantees as are a host of local Humane Societies across the United States. To learn more about Verizon’s Foundation grantmaking, see its latest available tax filings here.

Grants are modest, typically from $1,000 to $10,000, with most grants at the low end of the spectrum. Rather than awarding large grants to a handful of organizations, Verizon prefers to invest smaller amounts in many organizations.  

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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