OVERVIEW: The FCA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the automobile manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and gives grants to community, regional, and national initiatives in support of education, youth development, military families, and multicultural inclusion.
IP TAKE: The FCA Foundation’s college readiness support primarily focuses on STEM education and STEM-related professional development, particularly for students coming from underserved populations. The foundation’s community giving is limited to specific cities where the parent company operates, but it also looks to support regional and national programs.
PROFILE: Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the FCA Foundation was established by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Company in 1953 as a means of “rebalancing inequalities to promote the full realization of every human being.” Positioning itself in today’s world of philanthropy, the foundation states that it exists to "help empower people, and build strong, viable communities." It aims to support youth development, education, military and veterans causes, and volunteerism in the communities of its employees and across the United States.
While the foundation does not have a dedicated college-readiness giving program, it broadly supports STEM education and STEM professional development. This approach invites more applicants and unique projects. Past grantees FCA college readiness include Winning Futures, Great Minds in STEM, Gateway to College National Network, and U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education for general operating support, among several others.
Applicants should consider that this foundation prioritizes communities where it has corporate office. Some of these communities are major U.S. cities, but others are less known on the map: Yucca, AZ; Irvine, CA; Englewood, CO; Washington, DC; Orlando, FL; Belvidere IL; Lisle, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Kokomo, IN; Elkridge, MD; Detroit, MI; Syracuse, NY; Tappan, NY; Perrysburg, OH; Toledo, OH; Twinsburg, OH; Addison, TX; and Kenosha, WI. For college readiness, the foundation also lends its support to regional- and national-level programming.
The FCA does not have an open application process on its website for grants or scholarships. Individual applicants should visit the sites of the supported programs for more information on applying for funding.
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