Verizon Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Verizon Foundation supports a diverse set of global health organizations and does not focus on any specific global health related causes.

IP TAKE: This corporate funder’s grants tend to be modest.

PROFILE: Formerly known as the Bell Atlantic Foundation, the Verizon Foundation was established in 1985 as the primary philanthropic arm of its corporate sister. The Verizon Foundation’s grantmaking programs include science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM education) for K-12 youth, and domestic violence prevention and education for youth, women, and older adults. The foundation supports a wide range of programs that “benefit diverse communities including minorities, veterans, and LGBTQ+.”  As a result, Verizon supports both secular and non-secular organizations.

The foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to global health causes; however, its tax filings indicate an interest in supporting global health related organizations. In the past, Verizon has awarded grants to organizations such as Global Brigades and Children International. To learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking, download its latest available tax filings here.

Verizon typically makes a large number of modest sized grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. However, it encourages grant seekers to get in touch with their local community relations manager to learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking.


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