OVERVIEW: The Flextronics Foundation's global development grants tend to support education and community-building projects around the world.
IP TAKE: This funder actually awards grants to a wide variety of global health and development causes. But it does emphasize how its grantees’ work benefits local communities--something grantseekers should keep in mind.
PROFILE: The Flextronics Foundation, also referred to as the Flex Foundation, is the charitable arm of Flextronics International, an international supply chain logistics company. Established in 2002, the Flex Foundation “[s]erves as a catalyst for positive change in communities around the world.” The foundation focuses on giving to education, medical aid, community building, human rights and disaster relief.
Flex invests in a fairly wide variety of global causes; however, tax filings indicate that the Flex consistently gives to education and community-building efforts in the U.S. and in developing countries. Disaster relief, human rights and medical aid grants are awarded on a smaller scale.
The Flex Foundation typically awards between 15 and 20 grants each year. Grant amounts generally fall in the $5,000 to $50,000 range and are awarded in support of specific projects rather than general operating costs.
Flex accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. Interested parties in the U.S. should address their applications to the attention of Lori Kenepp at the address provided below.
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