OVERVIEW: Edison International’s education grantmaking focuses mainly on programs emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
IP TAKE: The majority of Edison’s education grants go to benefit undeserved populations.
PROFILE: Edison International has a history of philanthropy dating back some 130 years. This corporate funder’s giving “is focused in ways that address important issues like education, the environment, public safety & emergency preparedness, and civic engagement.” According to the company’s website, over two-thirds of its giving is dedicated to helping underserved populations including diverse ethnic groups, seniors, people with disabilities, women, LGBT populations, and low-income families.
Education is one of Edison’s main grantmaking priorities. The foundation dedicates half of its education spending to educational programs “designed to help keep youth in school while opening the doors to secondary education.” Edison seeks programs that emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It also offers support for arts education programs, tutoring, college scholarships for underserved populations, and college access programs. For example, Project Mathematics Intensive Summer Session (MISS) at California State University, Fullerton is a past grantee. The project helps “college bound young women enhance their mathematics skills.” To learn more about select Edison grantees, explore its Philanthropy in Action page.
Edison typically limits its grants to $5,000; however, Edison International states “Organizations that have demonstrated success in making a difference in our priority areas may be invited to apply for larger grants.”
Edison accepts unsolicited grant applications twice per year, generally in March and June.
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