Deloitte Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Deloitte Foundation is dedicated to funding higher education initiatives that “better prepare students for tomorrow’s business challenges.” The foundation has a generous employee matching funds program and supports organizations and events as well as doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

IP TAKE: The application process for Deloitte is not entirely clear, but many Deloitte grants have supported efforts related to the study of tax and finance. Although these are grants, Deloitte often likes to attach itself as a named partner of the programs it supports. The foundation has a generous employee matching funds program and supports organizations and events as well as doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

PROFILE: The philanthropic arm of its namesake financial consulting firm, the Deloitte Foundation is likewise focused on finance, tax, and related business consulting. The foundation does not have a traditional mission statement, but its guiding philosophy is broadly rooted in marketing: “Accelerating education to meet the pace of business.” The Deloitte Foundation seeks to do this by “working alongside leading educators” and sponsoring “real-world and classroom initiatives to better prepare students for tomorrow’s business challenges.”

Deloitte divides its higher education grantmaking initiatives into Educator Resources and Student Resources. Educator Resources sponsors the following programs:

  • Accounting Doctoral Scholars: financial support to “encourage professionals with public accounting experience in auditing and tax and an interest in teaching, to transition into academic roles at the university level.”

  • Doctoral Fellowship Program: $25,000 to “help cover expenses during their final year of coursework and the first year of their dissertation.”

Student Resources include:

  • Student Case Study Competitions: including National Audit Innovation Campus Challenge, Cyber Threat Competition, FanTAXtic National Case Study Competition, MBA National Case Competition.

Lastly—and not to be overlooked—the Deloitte Foundation has an enormous employee matching gifts program, focused on matching its employees contributions to “degree granting colleges and universities” across the U.S. and beyond its borders. The foundation gives more than $5 million annually through this funding stream to higher education institutions including Ivy League universities, major state university research hubs, and small public and private regional colleges.

Follow the links above for more information on eligibility and application guidelines for individual awards. With the exception of its scholarships and fellowships, the foundation doe not advertise how to apply for funding or partnership.

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