Xerox Foundation: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Xerox Foundation funds science education, environmental affairs, and arts and cultural programming.

IP TAKE: The Xerox Foundation tends to support a handful of large and established organizations. It also appreciates working with universities and institutes. 

PROFILE: The Xerox Foundation is the philanthropic arm of its corporate namesake, and operates under the belief that “a successful corporation must be an active participant in society.” The foundation’s giving is fairly broad in scope, and offers three grantmaking programs: governance, environment, and society

While the Xerox Foundation's three programs do not reflect a focus on the environment, the foundation has nonetheless committed itself to environmental affairs. Indeed, Xerox gave 6.8% of its overall giving to support conservation in 2013 alone. Its environmental conservation giving supports nonprofits "that work toward the goal of a sustainable world." Past environmental conservation grantees include the Golisano Institute of Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology, which received a grant for "research, scholarships and collaboration" between Xerox and the university. The foundation has also funded the Nature Conservancy for its sustainable forestry work in Northern Boreal Forests of Canada, and the SUNY College of Environment and Forestry and the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton's Global Environmental Program.

As evident from past grantees, the foundation appreciates working with universities and research institutions. It also prefers to create partnerships, including opportunities for its own employees to participate in the work of your nonprofit. The Xerox Foundation does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking. However, it prefers to fund a handful of organizations a year that are large and established. The foundation’s open LOI process is a free-form letter; if grantseekers can integrate active employee engagement into their financial ask, so much the better. 


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