Comcast Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The Comcast Foundation is the philanthropic arm of American mass media company Comcast. The Comcast Foundation does not have a dedicated college readiness program, but has shown a historic commitment to both community service and youth development, with an overarching goal of diversity inclusion.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers interested in college readiness would be better off presenting a diversity-oriented program that connects college readiness to youth development and support for underserved communities. Try reaching out to staff through its Comcast Cares Day program.

PROFILE: The Comcast Foundation was established in 1999 by the Comcast Corporation, and has since distributed over $200 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the country. Its overarching goal is, simply put, to support projects "that strengthen our communities." On the corporate side, Comcast has more recently merged with NBC Universal, but the corporate consolidation does not affect the philanthropy. The Comcast Foundation and the NBC Universal Foundation remain separate entities. Comcast’s main focus areas are Digital Inclusion, Volunteerism and Service, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Skills for the Digital Economy.

Though Comcast does not specifically prioritize college readiness, many of its funded programs are dedicated to helping children and teens succeed in the future. Recent grantees include bilingual programs to help prepare Latino high school students interested in pursuing college education; a program that to expand the Comcast Mobile Computer Lab, which uses technology such as tablet computers in college prep, ESL, and other courses; and the National Urban League's NULITES Youth Leadership Summit, a conference that "gathers young people" to hear speakers on subjects including postsecondary success and career exploration, among others.

Comcast also has a Digital Connectors program, which it describes as "a year-long course in which students [ages 14-21] receive digital literacy training three times per week at a local school, community center or other facility" via partnerships that Comcast has established with "dozens of local nonprofit organizations." Nonprofit partners are located throughout the country.

Comcast shares a complete list of the organizations it has recently supported, which can be accessed by going to this site, clicking "Show More" under the heading for the Comcast Foundation, and then clicking the "Organizations We Support" link on the right-hand side of the page; the list does not display grant values. Comcast does not accept unsolicited proposals, except for its annual Comcast Cares Day. Grantseekers may reach out to their local Comcast service location to initiate Comcast Cares Day requests and introduce their nonprofits. Note that grantseekers must be located in regions serviced by Comcast.

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