Private Funder: UPS Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 Grants; Funding Focus: Community development and the underserved; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies, last year, the foundation distributed more than $43 million in grants (grant-making is locally driven); Deadline: Rolling.
Summary: The UPS Foundation offers grants to help communities in a variety of ways — including supporting programs focusing on effective volunteerism and leadership. Although the foundation is not accepting any new unsolicited grant requests, it may be open to a letter of inquiry seeking funding for one of its major focus areas.
Make sure your project or nonprofit’s mission fits well with the foundation’s funding interests. If you don’t qualify, don’t apply. Keep in mind that much of the UPS Foundation’s philanthropy is locally driven; grants typically align with the foundation’s larger strategy. Write a letter of introduction describing your organization’s mission and activities and how it would help further the foundation’s mission.
Info: http://sustainability.ups.com/the-ups-foundation/ or Eduardo Martinez, foundation president at 404/828-4182.