Verizon Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Verizon Foundation supports a variety of colleges and universities across the United States.

IP TAKE: This corporate funder’s grants tend to be modest on the modes side and rarely exceed $10,000.

PROFILE: Formerly known as the Bell Atlantic Foundation, the Verizon Foundation was established in 1985 as the primary philanthropic arm of its corporate sister. The foundation does not discriminate in its grantmaking and supports a wide range of programs that “benefit diverse communities including minorities, veterans, and LGBTQ+."  Verizon supports both secular and non-secular organizations. The Verizon Foundation invests in science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM education) for K-12 youth, and domestic violence prevention and education for youth, women, and older adults.

The foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to higher education institutions and organizations; however, its tax filings indicate an interest in this area. In the past, Verizon has awarded grants to Andrews University and Albion College, as well as higher education foundations such as the Brooklyn College and Arizona State University foundations. Verizon offers grants to both secular and non-secular higher education institutions. To learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking, download its latest available tax filings here.

Verizon typically awards a large number of modest sized grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding; however, it encourages grantseekers to get in touch with their local community relations manager to learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking.


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