Sprint Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Sprint Foundation awards higher education grants to both small and larger academic institutions across the United States.

IP TAKE: Sprint prioritizes organizations located in the company’s headquarters of Kansas City, Missouri. Grants are modest.

PROFILE: The telecommunications giant Sprint established its philanthropic arm, the Sprint Foundation, in 1989. The foundation intends to "[act] as a champion for [its] communities." The foundation invests in education, arts and culture, youth development, community development and disaster relief. 

The Sprint foundation supports colleges and universities across the United States. Its higher education grants are modest and typically range from about $1,000 to $10,000. Its higher education grantmaking also prioritizes organizations located in Overland Park, Kansas, where the Sprint Corporation is headquartered. However, taxes reveal that this corporate funder also invests in organizations located across the United States. For example, past grantees include Arizona State University and Babson College are past grantees.

Th foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals throughout the year via its online portal. The formal review process can take up to 90 days. Sprint does not make grants to individuals.

PEOPLE:

  • Ralph Reid, President
  • Greg Block, Director
  • Bill White, Director
  • Steve Gaffney, Direct

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