Magazine article Technology & Learning

Going Corporate: Corporations Can Be a Great Source for Grant Funding

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Going Corporate: Corporations Can Be a Great Source for Grant Funding

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When your school or district needs additional funding, do you look to the private sector for assistance? Numerous corporations offer support to the community through charitable foundations. Some of these foundations focus on national initiatives, but many earmark their resources for regional, state, and local programs.

The recent economy has reduced the amount of available money, but education is often a high funding priority and grants are being awarded to well-conceived programs. Here's how to learn more about opportunities offered through foundations.

Explore the possibilities. Begin by reviewing listings for local, regional, and state foundations in free online foundation directories such as the Northern California Community Foundation (www.foundations.org/ grantmakers.html) or Fundsnet Services Online (www.fundsnet services.com). Once you have a sense of what foundations can offer, make a list of large businesses and corporations in your area. Visit their Web sites to learn about their policies and priorities for charitable giving, usually found through links called "Community" or "Corporate." Depending upon the size of the foundation, its decision makers will be looking for different things. …

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