OVERVIEW: The Sprint Foundation supports education, arts and culture, youth development, community development and disaster relief with an emphasis on the greater Kansas City, Kansas, area.
IP TAKE: The Sprint Foundation has funded character education programs as well as programs that foster leadership, volunteerism, social skills and business and economic education. It runs an open, online application system and prioritizes projects that serve the greater Kansas City, Kansas area.
PROFILE: Based in Overland Park, Kansas, the Sprint Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Sprint telecommunications company, which provides wireless and internet services to over 50 million customers in the U.S. Since its inception in 1989, the Sprint Foundation has aimed to support the communities of its employees with grants for education, arts and culture, youth development, community development and disaster relief.
Sprint’s K-12 funding stems mainly from its education and youth development initiatives. Its education program emphasizes character education. Sprint has supported a “kid to kid” mentoring program in the public school system in Boston, Massachusetts which trained 9th graders to be mentors to younger children. Similarly, Sprint’s youth development initiative supports programs that foster leadership, volunteerism, social skills and business and economic education. Through this initiative Sprint has supported organizations such as the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, Boy and Girl Scouts, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Separately, Sprint supports the One Million Project, which provides reliable internet service and devices to one million underserved high school students.
The Sprint Foundation’s education and youth development grants generally range from $5,000 to $25,000, with much of the funding directed toward the greater Kansas, City area. Applications from organizations serving other areas in the U.S. are considered on a case by case basis.
The foundation runs an open, online application system and accepts applications from January through November. Applicants generally receive notice within 90 days of submission.
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