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Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), now including the Pepco Holdings utilities, is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2015 revenues of approximately $34.5 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,700 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Exelon’s six utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries
One way we connect with our communities is through local grants. Exelon’s grant applications are easy to complete. You can submit online applications for program, event and sponsorship support.
Exelon Directs Corporate Giving To Four Key Areas:
We fund programs that deliver measurable, sustainable improvements in the communities we serve. We invest in organizations that have proven track records in these areas:
Building Exelon’s Future Workforce
- Programs that encourage students to stay in school and develop their full potential, promote math and science, improve workforce skills, and encourage personal development through scholarships, mentoring and internships.
Energy Empowerment in Our Communities
- Programs that improve the quality of our environment; promote environmental education, conservation and preservation; develop cleaner sources of energy; protect endangered species; and beautify neighborhoods.
Equal Access to Arts and Culture
- Cultural institutions with broad public exposure and programs designed to make arts and culture more accessible to a wider and more diverse audience.
Enrichment Through Local Vitality
- We support a wide range of nonprofit organizations that support individuals and families most in need through our Employee Engagement programs, including our Employee Giving Campaign, Matching Gifts. and Dollars for Doers.
- We also make a limited number of contributions in this area with strategic partners such as local United Way chapters in the communities we serve.
Vulcan Materials Company Foundation Grant
Vulcan Materials Company Foundation
Helping Build Stronger Communities
The Mission Statement of Vulcan Materials Company states that Vulcan “will be a good corporate citizen in each community in which we operate. We will support and take an active part in public and charitable projects.” Vulcan established the Vulcan Materials Company Foundation in 1988 to assist in carrying out that mission. Because contributions made by the Foundation are corporate-based business dollars, it is essential that they be made in a planned and consistent manner that best serves the combined interests of Vulcan and the communities in which we operate.
Helping Build Stronger Communities
The Foundation supports many types of worthwhile organizations that enhance the quality of life in Vulcan’s communities. The Vulcan Materials Foundation focuses on three areas in particular:
- Working with schools;
- Supporting environmental stewardship; and
- Encouraging employee involvement.
A major focus of the Foundation is to play a part in maintaining or improving the quality of life and standard of living through the support of education.
The Foundation will consider proposals that provide public education programs and projects that enhance the quality of learning for all students. The Foundation works to support efforts to improve educational systems and individual schools in Vulcan’s communities by partnering with public schools located in its operating areas. Vulcan has adopted 276 schools in its communities through support from the Foundation. It is Vulcan’s goal to increase the number of its school partnerships every year.
The Foundation is also interested in efforts to encourage young people to develop an interest in math, science and business. The Foundation, therefore, gives consideration to proposals designed to help maintain students’ curiosity and excitement about the world of math and science and to explore the world of industry and business. The Foundation is particularly interested in helping young people and their teachers understand the relevance of math and science to society, and supports efforts to link these subjects to their application in the workplace. The Foundation also will consider programs designed to educate our students about the vital role of business and industry in society.
Higher education will play an increasingly critical role in helping the economy effectively compete in the global market. The Foundation recognizes the invaluable contributions made by institutions of higher learning in educating the nation’s future workforce.
The Foundation will consider proposals from those institutions located in states where the Company has facilities, particularly proposals that focus on science and engineering or improving public education. Although proposals for capital improvements will be considered, the Foundation prefers to fund projects that directly affect the outcome of the educational process, such as scholarships and science and technology programs.
The Foundation supports the philosophy that economic development and environmental stewardship have common goals. Responsible economic growth provides the resources necessary to be a good steward of the environment, while this stewardship helps to sustain growth.
There are important links between industry, the environment and technological innovation. A society that is better informed about environmental issues will be able to participate more effectively in public policy debates. Grantmaking will focus on organizations and programs that seek to develop an understanding of the connection between environmental stewardship and sustainable development.
The Foundation will consider supporting those environmental organizations that adhere to fact-based, balanced environmental principles.
Vulcan has a history of encouraging its employees to participate in volunteer activities in their communities. We recognize that our workforce offers a unique resource to provide leadership in the communities where we operate. Thus, high priority will be given by the Foundation to proposals from those organizations in which company employees are actively involved, especially in our focus areas of education and environmental stewardship.
Geographic Funding Priorities
In addition to the corporate headquarters, located in Birmingham, Alabama, there are eight Construction Materials divisions. Further, Vulcan has 400* active aggregates facilities located in 22 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico and the Bahamas. Regarding proposals submitted to the Foundation, first consideration will be given to those organizations that will benefit the communities where Vulcan employees live and work. The Foundation’s giving program is decentralized to spread ownership of the program to a wider base. Because unit managers are directly involved with the communities where they do business, decentralization enables the Foundation to be more informed about, and to better address, local needs. Proposals submitted to the Foundation should be sent directly to the charitable contributions officer in the appropriate geographical area.
* Updated after the acquisition of U.S. Concrete
Gratis Foundation Grant
NOTE: Application deadlines
- October 1 - January 31: Applications accepted during this time period for organizations focused in the following areas:
- Health care and medical research
- Children’s medical, heart disease, and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Churches & Religion
- February 1 - May 31: Applications accepted during this time period for organizations focused in the following areas:
- Institutional scholarships (need-based awarded to and by colleges and universities)
- At-Risk Youth & Families
- Abused, neglected, and disadvantaged children; adoption & foster care; victims of domestic abuse; and homelessness
- International humanitarian aid
- June 1 - September 30: Applications accepted during this time period for organizations focused in the following areas:
- U.S. military personnel and family support
- Animal Welfare & Advocacy
- Food Pantries & Feeding Programs
The mission of the Gratis Foundation is to support programs in the fields of education, health care and medical research, humanitarian services, abused and neglected children, and assisting U.S. Military personnel and their families. It is the intent of the foundation to award grants based on achievement, excellence, significance, or leadership in a specific field or charitable endeavor.
- Animal Welfare & Advocacy
- At-Risk Youth & Families
- Churches & Religion
- Food Pantries & Feeding Programs
- Health Care & Medical Research
- International Humanitarian Aid
- U.S. Military Personnel & Family Support
Supports programs in the fields of education, health care and medical research, humanitarian services, abused and neglected children, and assisting U.S. Military personnel and their families.
- District of Columbia
William E. Dean III Charitable Foundation Grants
William E. Dean III Charitable Trust
Dr. William Evans Dean III (Bill) attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Nevada. He served his country in Vietnam as part of the U.S. Air Force and later graduated with honors from dental school. In addition to all these accomplishments, he was a registered Texas longhorn rancher, recreational pilot and avid animal lover. His passion for helping others continues in perpetuity through the establishment of the William E. Dean III Charitable Foundation, which he created in 2009.
- Human Services;
Cafritz Foundation Grants
Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
The Foundation seeks to be responsive to community issues and needs. Our process is highly competitive and is open to new projects and new organizations. The following summary, Examples of our Grant-Making, is offered to help guide applicants. While this is not intended to be an exhaustive description and may, as appropriate, change over time, we hope that the following will suggest the kind of meaningful work in which the Foundation is seeking to invest.
Generally, the Foundation looks to support work that improves the lives of DC-area residents, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable and underserved individuals. We encourage organizations that provide comprehensive services and work towards systemic change, which addresses all levels of, and all who are affected by, the issue. The goal is that all in the region become self-sufficient and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. We search for nonprofits that also employ effective partnering and show cultural competence in engaging effectively with communities and people of various cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. On occasion, the Foundation invests directly in strengthening the nonprofit sector by helping current grantees to build organizational capacity and by supporting advocacy and other efforts.
Grants are made in five program areas:
Arts and Humanities
Our giving in the Arts and Humanities includes theater, dance, music, visual arts, film and other multidisciplinary art forms, as well as organizations that promote the humanities. We focus on nonprofits that have deep, meaningful impact and can demonstrate the depth and breadth of their local initiatives. The Foundation examines how access to the Arts and Humanities for diverse populations is created and how unique opportunities are provided for all ages to engage. In addition to more traditional approaches, we believe in the power of the Arts and Humanities to be innovative and create social change.
Community Development: The Foundation’s Community Development grant-making includes affordable housing production and preservation, homeless services, transitional and permanent supportive housing, foreclosure and eviction prevention, community economic development and wealth building, and civic engagement
Children, Youth and Families: The Foundation’s Children, Youth and Families portfolio includes out-of-school time programs, youth development and academic enrichment in schools, as well as programs for homeless youth or those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems.
Justice: Access, Violence Prevention, Reentry: The Foundation invests in organizations and programs that help increase access to justice for low-income individuals.
The Foundation’s Education docket invests in learning from cradle to career. It includes schools that provide early childhood education, kindergarten through twelfth-grade instruction and undergraduate and graduate institutions. The Foundation also looks for models that provide comprehensive services to help students improve academic success and future employment outcomes. This may include charter and private schools, college access programs, groups focusing on teacher and school leader training, as well as certain supportive scholarship programs. In addition, the Foundation invests in adult basic education, literacy programs and preparation and testing for the General Equivalency Diploma.
The Foundation’s grants related to workforce development largely reflect two types of organizations: those that focus on a specific field and help individuals on a career pathway or those that concentrate on broader job- and career-readiness.
The Foundation strives to preserve the region’s resources and raise awareness so that individuals can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives in a clean environment. Through our grant-making, we support groups that are concerned with our natural environment’s past, present and future. To help restore and protect our region’s natural resources, we have focused on local parks, the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We have also funded programs that create future stewards. Through such education and outreach efforts, the public becomes more aware of the dangers of an unhealthy environment — including pesticides and toxins — and better understands the need to protect open natural spaces.
Our giving in Health and Wellness supports integrated healthcare and prevention efforts and broad collaborations, to ensure that all DC metropolitan residents live longer, healthier lives. We strive to bridge the worlds of health and healthcare through a broad range of investments. These may include support for community-based nonprofit health centers and coalitions of healthcare providers, in order to increase access to coordinated, high-quality medical, dental and mental health services for our region’s low-income and most vulnerable residents.
We also look for models that keep people healthy in the first place. Support may go towards increasing access to nutritious, affordable food; creating opportunities for better health in our neighborhoods, homes, schools and workplaces; and decreasing the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the DC metropolitan region.
To address disparities among our region’s most vulnerable populations, the Foundation also funds nonprofits that provide community-based, culturally competent, comprehensive services to children, older adults and disabled individuals. Our hope is that every metropolitan Washington resident can actively participate in a robust community life and maintain independent living for as long as possible.
Wellbeing for All Grants
Women’s Sports Foundation
Wellness for All,
Well-being for All, a Power of She Fund grant, supports women of color entrepreneurs and women of color-led organizations committed to making wellness and fitness more accessible, and to making well-being resources more inclusive to female BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities. In 2022, 15-time GRAMMY Award winner Alicia Keys will join Well-being for All (formerly Wellness for All) as an advisor and mentor.
An advocate for women’s empowerment, Alicia will help select grant recipients and provide the community with mentoring resources and learnings from her own well-being journey over her career.
The Power of She Fund was established by Athleta in partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply:
- Women of color entrepreneurs, actively creating or building businesses and/or programs that aim to make well-being and fitness practices more inclusive to female BIPOC communities
- Women of color-led non-profit organizations or for-profit businesses whose purpose is to make well-being and fitness more inclusive to female BIPOC communities
Applicants who fail to meet these requirements will be deemed ineligible.
Funds can be used for, but are not limited to, the items listed below.
- Purchase of new software, hardware, website, and email tools to implement their project vision
- Leasing of physical space for events, program operations, community gatherings
- Marketing, communications, PR, operational, and business expenses
Wawa Foundation: Financial Grants (Grants over $2,500)
The Wawa Foundation provides financial grants on a local, regional and national level ensuring that our commitment extends from the local communities Wawa serves to the regional footprint Wawa occupies in the mid-Atlantic and Florida. Only registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations operating in Wawa’s six-state area are eligible to apply. Organizations must fall into The Wawa Foundation’s three key areas of focus: Health, Hunger and Everyday Heroes. To learn more, review our Criteria for Success.
Wawa Foundation Financial Grants
Our submission windows for grants over $2,500 will be the months of January, April, July and October. Qualified organizations can submit grant requests and Letters of Inquiry during those timeframes. Requests will be reviewed and organizations will receive a response before the next grant submission window opens.
Areas of Focus
The Wawa Foundation will provide funding to organizations committed to saving and improving lives in the communities Wawa serves. Specifically, The Wawa Foundation will support organizations dedicated to Championing Life-saving Research & Care for People in Need by:
- Providing grants to hospitals with a focus on pediatric institutions
- Funding research
- Supporting care and comfort Initiatives
The Wawa Foundation will play a leading role in hunger relief in the communities Wawa serves. To achieve this, we will support programs that enable us to Lead Hunger Relief Efforts by:
- Providing food donations to local pantries daily through Wawa Share
- Improving access to food through financial grants
- Enabling Feeding America Food Banks to reach more communities through annual in-store campaigns
The Wawa Foundation is committed to Supporting the Heroes Making a Difference Every Day by:
- Showing appreciation and care to our military, veterans, first responders and other heroes in our local communities
- Enhancing the education and mentoring of at-risk youth in grades K-12.
- Supporting heroes through crisis response, blood drives, and volunteering
Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants
Best Friends Animal Society
About Rachael Ray Foundation™
The Rachael Ray Foundation™ is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachael's pet food, Nutrish®. The Foundation was launched by Rachael in 2016 to better support the causes she cares for most such as helping animals in need.
The Rachael Ray Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society are committed to helping Best Friends Network Partners increase lifesaving in their communities through impactful, innovative, and inclusive programming. Every year, there are two types of Rachael Ray grants for which partners can apply.
Grants for Animal Rescue to Save More Lives: The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants
The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants fund projects to reduce the lifesaving gap of cats and dogs in U.S. shelters. We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving in a community.
The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants fund projects that increase lifesaving of cats and dogs in U.S. shelters. We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, as well as rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations focused on impacting lifesaving at shelters.
Your organization can apply for a grant of up to $50,000, with the amount requested not exceeding 10% of your operating budget. The average grant awarded last year was just under $13,000, therefor granting may only cover partial funding needed for your project.
- Projects can be focused on just one event/program or can include multiple events/programs.
- Proposed projects should align with regional priorities. Projects that satisfy these priorities will have the largest impact on lifesaving in each region.
- We welcome project proposals from public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations that enable lifesaving.
- If the applicant that is applying is an organization that is already no-kill, their project needs to be impacting a shelter that has a lifesaving gap and has not achieved a 90% save rate.
- If awarded, the applying organization will need to submit quarterly impact statistics of how many lives were impacted through the project.
- The impacted shelter’s intake and outcome data will need to be submitted as well, in order to calculate the reduction in gap to 90%, which will measure success of the project.
- Best Friends will make calculations for reduction in lifesaving gap after all data points are submitted. These two metrics (impacts and reduction number in lifesaving gap) will be used for grant accountability and measuring success.
Before you begin an application, please review the priorities for your region to ensure that your project aligns.
Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina
South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Great Plains: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Mountain West: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Mid-Atlantic: District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Wallace Foundation: Funding Opportunity to Advance Cross-Sector Partnerships for Adolescents
The Wallace Foundation
Wallace is seeking expressions of interest from groups of organizations that are working together to promote youth development, are seeking financial support to strengthen their work and can help us determine new directions for our Learning and Enrichment programs.
We seek not individual organizations, but groups of organizations working together in formal or informal partnerships to support adolescent youth development. We could fund, for example, a partnership between a school district, the community’s office of health and human services and an out-of-school time intermediary to work with community partners to support unhoused adolescent youth’s physical, mental and educational needs. Each group of organizations selected will receive grants averaging $200,000 for a year of work, as well as access to other supports such as peer learning and technical assistance.
Wallace has three goals for this effort:
- To support innovative partnerships that serve youth and strengthen the communities in which they reside;
- To learn about those partnerships’ strengths, challenges, and opportunities for improvement; and
- To use what we learn during this period – which we are referring to as an exploratory phase – to inform the design of future Wallace initiatives.
What Participation Entails
This one-year, exploratory phase is intended to support and strengthen collaborative strategies communities are using to promote youth development, help Wallace learn more about those strategies and inform Wallace’s future efforts in the area. In particular, we are looking to fund projects over the course of one year that are an element of a broader strategy or effort that would play out over a longer period of time.
Participants will use Wallace support to implement or improve their work, reflect on their progress and identify the resources they need to meet their objectives. Independent researchers, youth development experts and Wallace staff will study the work to help us learn more about the kinds of partnerships that exist, the goals they hope to achieve, the strategies they employ to achieve them, the barriers they confront and the supports they need to make progress. Researchers will share their findings with Wallace and the partnerships selected to participate in the exploratory phase.
We intend to use lessons we learn from this exploratory phase to help design our next initiative in learning and enrichment, which will likely span five to seven years. That initiative will, we hope, produce further insights and evidence that could benefit the broader youth development sector.
We therefore ask grantees to commit to:
- One year of participation by a team that includes representatives from each of the organizations partnering to implement the funded strategy;
- Work with a research team that will study the work by convening focus groups, conducting interviews and/or administering surveys; and
- Host researchers, consultants and/or Wallace staffers for site visits.
If participants request them, we may also offer access to peer learning opportunities and consultants who can provide technical assistance. We expect to have a better sense of offerings and activities once we have selected grantees for the exploratory phase and learned more about their needs.
We anticipate that projects might include:
- Professional development to adults serving youth
- Human resources strategies to recruit, train, and retain high-quality instructors
- Comprehensive cross-sector planning that includes stakeholder engagement
- Mapping existing youth service offerings
- Engaging the broader community
- Giving young people a greater say in programming
- Managing finances and/or mapping of existing funding streams, and
- Planning for continuous improvement, through, for example, identification of required data sources, roll out of a data system, and staff training.
Wallace is interested in exploring projects that serve adolescents who are facing systemic challenges or who are impacted by structural factors that make it difficult to thrive. For example, this may mean that a young person who is:
- Living in a high-poverty community
- Systems-involved (e.g., juvenile justice or foster care)
- An English-language learner
- A migrant or an immigrant
- Dealing with a learning difference or a physical, mental or behavioral disability
- And/or others, as identified by communities