Kate Spade & Company Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Kate Spade & Company Foundation’s higher education related grants tend to support academic institutions located in New York City’s five boroughs, Hudson County, and New Jersey

IP TAKE: This funder does not award many higher education grants each year. It also awards grants for general operating support, specific projects, direct services, public policy, public awareness, and infrastructure.

PROFILE: The Kate Spade & Company Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the lifestyle and luxury brand company Kate Spade. The foundation is “committed to providing women with access to the training, tools and access necessary to achieve economic independence,” and focuses its grantmaking on three areas: women in entrepreneurship, women in technology, and women in the arts.

The foundation prioritizes organizations located in New York and New Jersey; however, not only does this funder support organizations beyond its geographic priority regions, it also funds organizations conducting work outside of its main areas of grantmaking interests.

While higher education causes are not on the foundation’s list of giving priorities, it supports colleges and universities across the United States, such as Kean University, U.C. Berkeley, and William Patterson College. To learn more about select grantees, explore its featured grants listing.

Kate Spade & Company Foundation grants vary in amount from $25 to over $150,000. The majority of grants typically fall in the $1,000 to $10,000 range. The foundation awards grants for general operating support, specific projects, direct services, public policy, public awareness, and infrastructure.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from February 1 to March 1. Grantees must submit their applications to foundation@katespade.com.

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