Wrigley Company Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Wrigley Company Foundation focuses much of its grantmaking on oral health and oral health education. However, it also pays attention to overall health matters as they relate to the global development challenges of education and poverty alleviation.

IP TAKE: Wrigley is a very approachable corporate funder. Grantseekers should note that it accepts unsolicited requests for funding so they should highlight how closely their work aligns with Wrigley’s mission. 

PROFILE: Founded in 1987, the Wrigley Company Foundation is the charitable arm of the chewing gum company. The foundation’s primary grantmaking concerns revolve around oral health, the environment and litter prevention education, education, and disaster response and relief. Wrigley also supports health projects as they relate to the global development challenges of education and poverty alleviation.

In recent years, the Wrigley has expanded its global grantmaking to include countries in which the company may not have a significant employee or operational presence. Given the foundation’s reach, it does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking. Grant amounts vary widely, generally from $10,000 to $400,000. However, Wrigley occasionally awards global development grants of $500,000 to $900,000, and on occasion, multimillion-dollar grants.

Wrigley often awards its global development grants to large international organizations. Examples include rather substantial grants to Pratham to support its ongoing work advocating increased education for children in India. Wrigley has also awarded sizable grants to Save the Children to support its ongoing commitment to the safety and well-being of poor and marginalized children around the world.

The Wrigley Company Foundation accepts unsolicited requests for funding. Applications should be addressed to executive director, Maureen Jones. Applications should be submitted by October 1 to be considered for funding in the following year.


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