Edison International Turns the Lights On K-12 Education

Edison International’s Community Giving Program exists “to make a difference.” Its support of K-12 Education—particularly in regards to underserved populations—is part of this difference-making.

But in order for Edison International to light up your program, you must be based in either Southern or Central California. Its giving program covers 15 counties total, in a drop down list you can peruse through the program's Pre-Qualify portal.

Edison International's support of K-12 education flows through its Education focus area (naturally), which also includes higher education. In 2014, this electric company gave away more than $20 million through its philanthropic pursuits, and education got more than half of those dollars.

It's no surprise that this community giving program emphasizes STEM education given Edison’s corporate business. This emphasis flows through support of tutoring and academic enrichment programs at the K-12 level, as well as college readiness and access programs particularly slanted towards students intending to pursue STEM education as they move onward to college. Edison International is also committed to arts education at the middle and high school levels.

In all of these areas, Edison International is particularly committed tounderserved populations, which it defines as including women, people with low incomes, “diverse ethnic groups,” people with special needs, and LGBT populations.

Recent K-12 education giving made by Edison International includes the MIND Research Institute (based in Irvine, CA) for its ST Math: Secondary Intervention Program, a math education curriculum for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Another recent K-12 education grantee is Bright Prospect in Pomona, CA, for its Bright Prospect Seniors Program, which includes SAT preparation. There's also Walking Shield, for its Greater Los Angeles Education Initiative Leaders Program, which provides an array of college-readiness programs for Native American high school students and their families.

In arts education, Edison International awarded $5,000 to the San Bernardino Symphony for its teen music enrichment programs.

Payouts from Edison International primarily come in the form of $5,000 grants to nonprofit, community-based organizations. The $5,000 grants are an open, online process, with two deadlines each calendar year. However, Edison International does state that "organizations that have demonstrated success in making a difference in our priority areas may be invited to apply for larger grants.” Creating a connection through their $5,000 community grants is a viable and accessible way to start.

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