Sprint Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Sprint Foundation broadly funds education, the arts, community and youth development, and disaster relief.

IP TAKE: Sprint prioritizes organizations located in the company’s headquarters of Kansas City, Missouri.

PROFILE: The telecommunications giant Sprint established its philanthropic arm, the Sprint Foundation, in 1989. The foundation intends to "[act] as a champion for [its] communities." The foundation invests in education, arts and culture, youth development, community development and disaster relief

The Sprint Foundation does not maintain a program dedicated to higher education, but colleges and universities may seek funding in each of its program areas. Education grants support “urban K-12 education” research, while arts and culture grants fund “visual and performing arts organizations, theatres, symphonies, museums, and other cultural organizations. Its youth development program supports “mentoring programs, leadership initiatives, social skills, volunteerism, and programs that support business and economic education for youth.” Lastly, its community development program supports “regional initiatives that contribute to a strong civic infrastructure and a vibrant, healthy and sustainable community.” The foundation generally funds research and policy work carried out by universities in these areas.

The Sprint Foundation’s higher education grants are modest and range from about $1,000 to $10,000. Its higher education grantmaking also prioritizes organizations located in Overland Park, Kansas, where the Sprint Corporation is headquartered. However, tax filings reveal that this corporate funder also invests in organizations located across the United States. For example, past grantees include Arizona State University and Babson College.

The Sprint Foundation does not make its giving habits public.  The foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals throughout the year via its online portal. The formal review process can take up to 90 days. Sprint does not make grants to individuals.


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