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Private Funder: Walgreens; Opportunity: Company Contribution Program; Funding Focus: Health and education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits, including faith-based institutions; Funding: Multiple awards, up to $10,000 each (it distributed about $7.5 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: Walgreens operates a Company Contribution Program primarily to make grants to nonprofit organizations in local Walgreens communities.

While Walgreens awards grants mostly to local eligible nonprofits, it reserves a portion of the budget for select national organizations. The major area of focus is health, but education also is a priority. Eligible applicants include nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations with 501 (c)(3) status that operate within an area Walgreens serves, as well as metro-Chicago, where its headquarters is located. For grant consideration, eligible nonprofits must apply online. Telephone inquiries and faxed requests are not accepted.

Other priorities include:  

  • Faith-based organizations: Walgreens does contribute to faith-based organizations provided the contributions are not used for inherently religious purposes or to serve a limited constituency. Contributions to faith-based organizations are designed to enhance services to the larger community in which an organization operates.
  • Single-Disease Agencies: Walgreens selects national nonprofit organizations that focus on medical research, treatment, and service for diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes or arthritis.

Info: http://www.walgreens.com/about/community/guidelines.jsp?cf=ln http://tinyurl.com/kp6aszn; 847/914-2962 or 877/250-5823.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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