Berger Charitable Foundation: Grants for STEM Education

OVERVIEW: Berger Charitable Foundation awards grants to higher education institutions around the world.

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes higher education institutions that promote sustainability, diversity, economic development and innovation.

PROFILE: Formerly known as the Louis Berger Foundation, which was established in 1986, the Berger Charitable Foundation is on a “[d]ual mandate of education and community development,” and “[c]omitted to managing, supporting and expanding educational, scientific and other charitable endeavors.” The foundation is the charitable arm of the global professional services company Louis Berger. Louis Berger is now a subsidiary of WSP Global, a management and consultancy services company based in Canada.

The Berger Foundation’s education grantmaking supports programs growing the next generation of scientists, engineers, economists, planners and “[o]ther infrastructure focused professionals.”

Grant amounts typically average between $10,000 and $15,000. Past higher education grantees include the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), which received a grant for a fellowship program for students for students pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering; and the American University of Afghanistan, which received a grant to establish the Louis Berger Cultural Center. To learn more about select Berger Foundation grantees, examine its recent annual reports.

The Berger Foundation’s website does not clearly state its grantmaking processes or requirements. Grantseekers should get in touch with foundation staff for additional grantmaking information.

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