SC Johnson Giving: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: SC Johnson Giving prioritizes economic development, access to healthcare, education, and empowering low-income communities within the areas where the company operates.

IP TAKE: SC Johnson has a penchant for awarding numerous small grants rather than just a few large ones. Grantseekers should be aware that improving the lives of local community residents is key to securing SC Johnson funding.

PROFILE: Based in Racine, Wisconsin, SC Johnson Giving is the charitable arm of the company SC Johnson. This foundation dedicates many resources to supporting its local community; however, it devotes similar attention to the over 125 local communities in which the company operates globally. Citing its corporate This We Believe statement, which articulates its goal to make a positive impact in all of the communities in which it operates, the foundation is committed to its communities. 

While SC Johnson makes many product and in-kind contributions, they do not comprise the majority of SC Johnson’s global development giving. In the global development space, SC Johnson's main areas of grantmaking interest include Community & Economic Development, Health & Wellness, Social Services and Education. These focus areas account for the majority (around three-quarters) of SC Johnson’s global grantmaking.

The foundation is relatively transparent regarding its funding interests and application process. Unfortunately, it is not as forthcoming in grant award amounts. It only reveals that it awards “[h]undreds of smaller grants every year, as well as occasional large grants to support major or multi-year programs.”

SC Johnson Giving accepts unsolicited proposals throughout the year via its website.

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