GE Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: GE Foundation supports education and skills, developing health and disaster and humanitarian relief in areas where its parent company maintains business operations.

IP TAKE: The GE Foundation supports college readiness through its education and skills initiative, which runs two signature programs: developing futures and developing skills. This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: The GE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the global conglomerate General Electric. The foundation “[i]s committed transforming our communities and shaping the diverse workforce of tomorrow by leveraging the power of GE.” The foundation’s funding initiatives are education and skills, developing health and disaster and humanitarian relief. The foundation also operates a matching gifts program to support its employees philanthropic interests.

GE's education and skills program consists of two signature programs: developing futures and developing skills. These programs partner with local GE operations and education nonprofits to “to empower all 14 to 24 year old students to become globally productive citizens by providing access to learning experiences necessary for the workforce of tomorrow.” In Boston, the foundation has supported Brilliant Boston, which “provides opportunities for students to become critical thinkers, innovators, creators, problem solvers and leaders while exploring careers and understanding the skills necessary for future jobs.”

While most GE grants range from $25,000 to $500,000, a few grants have exceeded $1 million. The GE Foundation supports organizations operating in areas where its parent company maintains business operations.

The GE Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Grantseekers may contact the foundation at gefoundation@ge.com.

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