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 benefit undeserved populations. This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals.
PROFILE: Edison International, an energy company based in Rosemead, California, has a history of philanthropy dating back some 130 years. It aims to "brighten" the communities it serves and to "build a better tomorrow." This funder’s priorities include 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 priorities and accounts for about one half of its funding. It supports 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.”
Edison typically limits its grants to $5,000, but has awarded larger amounts to organizations that are closely aligned with its giving priorities. This funder is active mainly in Southern California.
Edison International does not accept unsolicited grant applications. General inquiries may be made via the organization's website.
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