Corporate Donations for Charities

There are a number of corporations, foundations and governing bodies that support charitable organizations and educational programs in the state of Texas:

1. Educate Texas

As part of their work, Educate Texas works in partnership with other organizations in order to better the Texas public education system so that all students have the skills to succeed in school, in a post-secondary program, in the workforce and in other aspects of their life.

Money raised through donations is awarded to various organizations such as educational programs, medical centers in low-income areas, cultural facilities and rehabilitation programs in Texas. Educate Texas gives two types of grants from the funding it receives. Donor-advised grants are given on a weekly basis to charities of the donors specification. Competitive grants are awarded from unspecified donation money and are made twice annually. Organizations wishing to apply for a grant should visit the Educate Texas website for more information on eligibility and the application process.

Among the many donations that are received each year, one of the largest donations came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Contact Information: www.edtx.org

2. Greater Texas Foundation

The Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) works to advance all areas of education for Texans with specific interest in the areas of math and science education, post-secondary enrollment for all students and helping individuals who may face unique barriers to success.

A successful grant application must begin with a letter of inquiry so that the Greater Texas Foundation may determine if the recipient organization's mission, interests, guidelines and requested amount of funding are in line with those of GFT. Letters are accepted year round, via the foundation's online application only, and upon receipt of the letter, GFT will sent out further information regarding the grant proposal and application process.

Application information can be found at: http://greatertexasfoundation.org/?page_id=2563

3. Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

For more than ten years, the goal of the organization has been to serve the needs of children living in urban poverty by initiating and supporting programs that encourage education and provide access to quality educations, provide basic health care and encourage healthy lifestyles.

Organizations looking for grants from the Dell Foundation must meet the eligibility requirements and then submit an online grant proposal. After a staff review, a response will be sent within six weeks. A short five-minute questionnaire will determine if an organization is eligible. The online proposal asks for specific details of the project and the organization such as the organizations operating expenses, total revenue, amount of funding requested, project budget, number of children that will benefit, a project description and success measures. This process can take anywhere from ten minutes to about an hour depending on the applicants preparedness. Grant proposals are only accepted online.

4. Communities Foundation of Texas

For over half a century this organization has helped match individual and corporate donations with the needs of communities around the greater Dallas area. Over $1 billion has been given out through the foundation via two types of grants. Donors can give donor-advised grants to the organization of their choice or the money can be put in the general grant fund and given out as needed. Grants provide funding for numerous projects each year and are a way of improving education, public safety, the arts and health care.

To apply for a grant, an organization must meet the following eligibility requirements: have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the IRS; have a DonorBridge profile with an approval date within the last year; and 50 percent or more of the people served must reside in Dallas, Denton, Tarrant Collin or Rockwall counties. If the criteria are met, organizations must send a letter of inquiry by the application deadline.