Nationwide Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Nationwide Foundation awards grants to higher education institutions located within and around its geographic priority region.  

IP TAKE: This funder limits its grantmaking to organizations located Brea/Orange County, California; Columbus, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; Des Moines, Iowa; Gainesville, Florida; Harleysville, Pennsylvania; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Sacramento, California; San Antonio, Texas; Scottsdale/Phoenix Arizona and Wausau, Wisconsin.

PROFILE: The Nationwide Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Nationwide companies. Founded in 1959, Nationwide focuses its charitable giving on emergency and basic needs, crisis stabilizations, personal and family empowerment, and community enrichment.

Nationwide does not operate a higher education grantmaking program; however, tax filings indicate an interest in this field. Past higher education grantees include Adrian College and Boston University, both of which received grants to support general operating costs. Although the foundation awards occasional grants in excess of $1 million, the majority of grants amounts fall in the $10,000 to $150,000 range. The foundation awards general operating support and program specific grants. It also offers capital support grants, however; these grants are limited and made on a case-by-case basis.

The Nationwide Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. The foundation typically accepts applications from mid-May to September 1.

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