Charles Edison Fund Grant

Charles Edison Fund

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Grant amount: Up to US $125,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in New Jersey: Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Counties in New York: Bronx County, Dutchess County, Kings County, Nassau County, New York County, Orange County, Putnam County, Queens County, Richmond County, Rockland County, Suffolk County, Westchester County Other eligible locations: United States

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Note: The Fund's Trustees meet three times a year, usually in February or March, June and December at which time requests which have been submitted at least three weeks prior to the meeting will be considered.

Charles Edison was the son of Thomas Edison, the famous inventor and entrepreneur. Charles was a businessman and philanthropist and in 1948 established the Charles Edison Fund ("Fund"). The Fund was created to maintain the legacy of his father, Thomas Edison, and to meet his own philanthropic goals in good and bad economic times.

The Fund also engages in licensing the Edison Intellectual property, including the name, image, quotes and artifacts of Thomas Edison ("Edison IP"). The extra revenues generated support educational programs run by its sister foundation, Edison Innovation Foundation.

Mission Statement

Charles Edison Fund (the "Fund") is an endowed philanthropic institution dedicated to the support of worthwhile endeavors generally within the areas of science and technology education, medical research and preserving The Edison legacy. The Fund is an extension of the philanthropy of its Founder, Charles Edison, a man of discerning foresight, rare achievement and background.

Grants and "Seed Money"

The Fund, in addition to funding its own programs, has given financial support to other charitable, scientific and educational organizations, institutions and projects in an amount which exceeds $35 Million. The Fund is a seed money organization. It does not just make grants but makes grants happen. It starts projects which would not otherwise "get off the ground." The Fund remained relatively small until its inheritance from the estate of Charles Edison, at which time its record of providing financial assistance to other organizations expanded following his death.

Patterns of Giving

In more recent years, a pattern of giving has emerged within the Fund. Its contributions tend to be equally divided among medical research projects, science and technology education and preservation of the Edison Legacy. Additionally, but with some important and increasing exceptions, institutions and organizations assisted are based principally in the New York-New Jersey Metropolitan area. This concentration of interest facilitates the efforts of the Trustees to evaluate the work of recipient groups, frequently accomplished by personal visitations.

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  • The Fund, in addition to funding its own programs, has given financial support to other charitable, scientific and educational organizations, institutions and projects.
  • Organizations must have tax-exempt status.