American Express: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: American Express supports colleges and academic institutions across the country, but it prioritizes giving in six U.S. locations.

IP TAKE: This corporate funder supports a wide range of higher education projects and programs. 

PROFILE: Global financial services company American Express conducts its philanthropic work through the American Express Corporate Social Responsibility program, which seeks to "bring to life the American Express value of good corporate citizenship by supporting communities in ways that enhance the company's reputation with employees, customers, business partners and other stakeholders."  The program awards grants in the three major program areas of Leadership, Historic Preservation, and Community Service.

American Express awards most of its higher education grants through its Leadership program. For example, past grantees include the Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation, which received a grant for its Leadership Fellowship’s program and Georgetown University, which received a grant for its New Strategies program. To learn more about American Express grantees, explore its most recent grants list.

American Express grants can range anywhere from $5,000 to $1.5 million. Most grants however, typically fall in the $10,000 to $100,000 range. American Express awards grants to higher education organizations both large and small. American Express accepts unsolicited grant applications from eligible organizations on a rolling basis. While it awards grants to organizations located across the United States, it gives grantmaking priority to the following U.S. and global locations.


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