Xerox Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Xerox Foundation supports science education, environmental affairs, and arts and cultural programming.

IP TAKE: The Xerox Foundation tends to support a handful of large and established organizations. It also appreciates working with universities and institutes. 

PROFILE: The Xerox Foundation is the philanthropic arm of its corporate namesake, and operates under the belief that “a successful corporation must be an active participant in society.” The foundation’s giving is fairly broad in scope, and offers three grantmaking programs: Community Involvement, Science Consultant, and the FIRST Robotics and LEGO League. 

While the Xerox Foundation's three programs do not reflect a direct focus on marine conservation, the foundation has nonetheless committed itself to addressing marine conservation. Its environmental conservation giving supports nonprofits "that work toward the goal of a sustainable world." Recent grantees include The Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk, CT), the National Aquarium (Baltimore, MD), and the Mill River Collaborative (Stamford, CT). The foundation also recently supported SoundWaters, which seeks to protect the Long Island Sound "through education."

As evident from past grantees, the foundation appreciates working with universities and research institutions. It also prefers to create partnerships, including opportunities for its own employees to participate in the work of applicants' nonprofit. The Xerox Foundation does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking. However, it prefers to fund a handful of organizations a year that are large and established. The foundation’s open LOI process is a free-form letter; if grantseekers can integrate active employee engagement into their financial ask, so much the better. 

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