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Educational Program Structure

  • Computers for Learning

    Computers for Learning (CFL) provides schools and educational nonprofit organizations a place to request excess computer equipment. It also provides a quick and easy way for government agencies and the private sector to donate that equipment to schools and educational nonprofits. The result is a benefit to schools who receive much needed computers. Organizations no longer need to waste space storing surplus computers. The community is better served as a useful computer is deployed as a valuable learning tool.

  • Computers for Schools

    The Computers for Schools Association is a national non-profit dedicated to providing a low cost alternative for achieving technology in the classroom. Computers for Schools is an association of computer refurbishers from across the country. Our Goal: To bridge the digital divide, the economic gap that prohibits access to technology. The Solution: Donations of retired computer equipment are refurbished for educational use and placed in schools. In some states, non-profit organizations are also eligible for equipment.

  • DirecTV Goes to School Program

    What kids learn is important, especially at school. That's why DIRECTV created the DIRECTV GOES TO SCHOOL® program. DIRECTV is great for schools because teachers can: Use the DVR to get what you want without showing commercials Show students educational programming Discuss current events Give color and life to Shakespeare's plays Go back in time with History Channel documentaries Make more things visual, for those visual learners The programming package, called SCHOOL CHOICE®, is FREE and available to state-accredited public and private schools, grades K-12. The SCHOOL CHOICE package offers a high concentration of nonviolent educational programming.

  • How to Get Free Classroom Supplies

    Educators share tips for stocking up -- without reaching into their own wallets.

  • ING Unsung Heroes Grant

    ING Unsung Heroes began in 1995 as a way for ING to demonstrate its commitment to the education community. Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year, educators submit applications for an ING Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its: * Innovative method * Creativity * Ability to positively influence the students

  • Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction

    The Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction recognize K-12 schools in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in implementing innovative, replicable programs supporting positive educational outcomes. The awards showcase the effective use of technology, the benefits of strong teamwork and the development of excellent classroom teachers. Each category winner receives a $10,000 grant from the Intel and a host of educational products and services provided by Scholastic Inc. “Best of the Best” winners receive an additional $15,000 for a total of $25,000.

  • State Farm Insurance Foundation Grants

    State Farm Companies Foundation was established in 1963 as an independent private foundation. The Foundation is primarily committed to education, helping to raise the level of student achievement in our elementary and secondary schools, as well as supporting key higher education initiatives. The Foundation is a separate nonprofit organization funded by the State Farm Mutual Company. The Foundation provides funding for our Education Excellence (education) initiatives that are national in scope: K-12 Public Schools; Service Learning; Systemic Improvement; Teacher Excellence.

  • The Boeing Company Grants in Education

    Boeing works in partnership with schools, colleges and universities to support high academic standards and prepare students for further education and tomorrow's workplace. In higher education, we also contribute to research and to policy initiatives aimed at improving the quality of education and bringing the benefits of education and job opportunities to a diverse group of students. We support public schools in communities where Boeing employees live and work, and strategically focus our support on colleges and universities where we recruit future employees.

  • The Fund for Teachers

    The Fund for Teachers is a unique foundation whose mission is to enrich the lives of schoolteachers and students by providing recognition and opportunities for renewal to outstanding teachers. Making a difference one teacher at a time, Fund for Teachers awards grants directly to teachers to support professional development opportunities of their own design.

Family Involvement

  • DDPC: Exploring Options to Offset the Costs of Attending Conferences

    There is assistance available to help citizens pay for the cost of attending conferences regarding developmental disability issues. However, there is no one funding source or standardized application process available to get to this assistance. This website offers a step-by-step if you are a family member of an individual with developmental disabilities seeking funding to attend a conference or workshop.

  • Lowe's Toolbox for Education

    To empower parents and further encourage their involvement in their children's schools, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has established the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program to fund school improvement projects initiated by parents. Lowe’s will donate a total of $5 million to schools and school parent teacher groups at more than 1,000 different schools in 2006 and 2007.

  • The Rite Aid Foundation

    The Rite Aid Foundation, founded in July 2001, is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping people in the communities Rite Aid serves lead happier, healthier lives. This foundation is specifically interested in improving the lives of our customers and associates through projects that focus on health care, women and families.

Interagency & Interdisciplinary Collaboration

  • Adopt-A-Classroom

    Adopt-A-Classroom invites the community into the classroom in support of teachers and their students. By adopting a classroom, donors form partnerships with specific classrooms providing financial and moral support. The result is a meaningful contribution to education in which donors experience the impact of their efforts and celebrate in a classroom's success.

  • Allstate New York Region Agency Hands in the Community Grant

    The Agency Hands in the Community grant is sponsored by the Allstate Foundation and recognizes volunteer commitment by awarding $500 to the nonprofit where an Allstate Exclusive Agent or Exclusive Financial Specialist serves.

  • Ford Motor Company Fund

    The Ford Fund supports not-for-profit organizations in three major areas: innovation and education, community development and American legacy, and auto-related safety education. Through active involvement, Ford Fund seeks to build partnerships with organizations that have a well-defined sense of purpose, a demonstrated commitment to maximizing available resources and a reputation for meeting objectives and delivering high-quality programs and services. Ford Fund places priority on supporting organizations the promote diversity and inclusion.

  • Gannett Foundation

    The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc. We give grants to organizations in the communities in which Gannett owns a daily newspaper or television station. The Gannett Foundation’s mission: to invest in the future of the communities in which Gannett does business, and in the future of our industry. We value projects that take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

  • Gifts in Kind

    Gifts In Kind International is dedicated to providing quality products and services nonprofits need to continue improving lives and communities around the world,linking resources to enhance, empower and restore communities and people in need.

  • New York State DDPC RFP Process Overview

    The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) typically provides project funding through the use of a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Workgroups supported or established by the DDPC explore the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and identify projects that have the potential to spur capacity building and/or systems change. The current DDPC State Plan drives all activities. Once a worthwhile project has been identified and loosely designed, the RFP process begins.

  • The Educational Foundation of America

    The Educational Foundation of America (EFA) makes grants to qualifying non-profit organizations that have tax-exempt status and those that are not private foundations as defined in the Internal Revenue Code. EFA provides grants for specific projects. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the environment, theatre, education, medicine, drug policy reform, democracy, peace & national security issues and human services.

Student Development

  • Adobe Youth Voices

    Adobe Youth Voices is a global philanthropic initiative that empowers youth worldwide to comment on their world using multimedia and digital tools to communicate and share their ideas, demonstrate their potential, and take action in their communities. Adobe Youth Voices employs an integrated approach in and out of the classroom to show the power technology brings to learning and enable middle- and high-school age youth to think creatively, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively — critical 21st century skills.

  • American Express Economic Independence Program

    The philanthropic program supports initiatives that encourage, sustain and develop economic self-reliance through programs that: Serve youth, emphasizing school to career and other career readiness programs in partnership with the retail, travel and hospitality industries. Build awareness about career and employment options for individuals facing significant barriers to employment; and provide education, training and workplace experiences so they may actively pursue these options. Provide education in the fundamentals of business and economics, the importance of savings, the basics of personal financial management and related consumer issues. Promote entrepreneurship and small business development.

  • Corning Incorporated Foundation

    Selected public K-12 school districts, community colleges and four-year institutions of higher learning are the consistent beneficiaries of Corning Foundation support. Corning's areas of involvement have included community service programs for students, curriculum enrichment, student scholarships, facility improvement and instructional technology projects for the classroom.

  • CyperLearning Grants for K-12 Schools

    Our primary mission is to provide the highest quality education to all, especially the disadvantaged, at the lowest fee. We can provide your school/school district up to 50% matching grants. Matching grants may be used to access our 1,000 plus high-quality online courses in IT (Information Technology- all levels and almost all topics), Management (Harvard ManageMentor modules) and TestPrep (Barrons SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT…). In addition, we provide follow up cash grants to the grantees to assist them in implementing holistic CyberLearning or TTCM (Teacher/Mentor-Technology-Courseware-Motivation) solutions that make a difference in the lives of their target populations. Grantees can use the follow up cash grants to improve teacher/mentor training as well as to acquire computers, software, Internet access and motivational rewards for students and teachers.

  • DonorsChoose

    DonorsChoose is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund. Proposals range from "Magical Math Centers" ($200) to "Big Book Bonanza" ($320), to "Cooking Across the Curriculum" ($1,100). Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, a teacher impact letter, and an expenditure report showing that their tax-deductible gift was spent as directed.

  • Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation

    An organization that is a major source of financial support for education and research projects designed to promote careers in graphic communications.

  • I Love Schools: A Helping Hand for Teachers is a free donor-matching service for education! School teachers build WishLists of equipment, materials and supplies; anything they need for their classroom. Donors locate teachers through our WishList search and offer their donations of new or used items or the cost of the teacher's WishList.

  • National Science Teacher Association -- Tapestry Grant

    Toyota TAPESTRY recognizes outstanding educators who are making a difference by demonstrating excellence and creativity in science teaching. Since 1991 the program has awarded more than $7 million to 826 teams of teachers for innovative science classroom projects. Thanks to these teachers’ tireless efforts to improve their skills and increase their effectiveness, students nationwide are gaining a better understanding of science principles and methodologies.

  • NEA Fine Arts Grants

    The National Education Association (NEA) Fine Arts grants are awarded to teachers, through local NEA affiliates, to enable them to create and implement fine arts programs that promote learning among students at risk of school failure. Programs must address the arts (e.g., painting, sculpture, photography, music, theater, dance, design, media, or folk arts).

  • Plus Vision Corporation Education Spotlight Program

    In its continuing effort to enhance the education opportunities for K-12 students, PLUS Vision Corp. has developed a special grant program for primary and secondary schools. Named "Education Spotlight," this program gives a projector or an electronic copyboard to a selected school. School teachers or administrators only need to complete the simple application below to receive these free PLUS presentation tools. Applicants need only state the reasons why the use of a PLUS multimedia projector or copyboard will enhance their students education and submit some unique examples of how they might use PLUS tools. At the end of each calendar year, PLUS Vision Corp.'s Education Spotlight committee will select the recipient of the projector or electronic copyboard. This will then be delivered to the winning school. Winners will be selected based upon how they will creatively use the digital projector.

  • Target Field Trip Grants Program

    As part of the Target commitment to supporting education, the new Target Field Trip Grants program will award U.S. educators grants of $1,000 each to fund a field trip for their students. Target Field Trip Grants may be used to fund trips ranging from visits to art museums and environmental projects to cultural events and civic experiences. Up to eight hundred grants will be awarded. Grants are awarded to educators, teachers, principals, para-professionals, and/or classified staff.

  • Tommy Hilfiger Foundation

    The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, Inc. believes education is the cornerstone for today's youth. For America to remain competitive in the global marketplace, we believe a stronger emphasis should be placed on exposing youth to experiences in education and career-related opportunities. By focusing on preparing students for the demands of today's global society, our goal is to be a major force in improving education.

  • Sprint Character Education Grant Program

    The Sprint Character Education Grant Program accepts applications for funding of character education programs promoting leadership, youth volunteerism, character education and school pride. Grants will fund the purchase of resource materials, supplies, teacher training and equipment that facilitates character education for K-12 students.

Student Involvement

  • Angel Soft -- Angels in Action Program

    The makers of Angel Soft® toilet paper believe that kids who have dedicated themselves to acts of kindness should be rewarded for their efforts. That's why they created the Angel Soft® Angels in Action® Program. Children and teens, ages 8-18, will be recognized and rewarded for executing exemplary acts of service to benefit their community, a charity or cause.

  • CVS Caremark Community Grants

    CVS Caremark Community Grants target effective and innovative programs for children under age 18 with disabilities that address health and rehabilitative services, inclusion in student activities and extracuuricular programs, and creating opportunities or facilities with give greater access to physical movement and play.

  • GiveTech

    Computer tools designed specifically for those with severe physical disabilities allow for increased self-reliance and a vastly enhanced computing and Internet experience. GiveTech's goal is to provide such technological tools to those in need. GiveTech does not give away computers; rather we give away input devices that allow people with quadriplegia to use computers.

  • NSTA-Toshiba ExploraVision Awards

    ExploraVision is a competition for all students in grades K-12 attending a public, private or home school in the U.S., Canada, or U.S. Territories. It is designed to encourage students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore visions of the future. Teams of students select a technology, research how it works and why it was invented, and then project how that technology may change in the future. They must then identify what breakthroughs are required for their vision to become a reality and describe the positive and negative consequences of their technology on society. Winning ideas have focused on things as simple as ballpoint pens and as complex as satellite communications. The student teams write a paper and draw a series of Web page graphics to describe their idea. Regional winners make a Web site and a prototype of their future vision.

  • Oracle Education Foundation ThinkQuest

    ThinkQuest inspires students to think, connect, create, and share. Students work in teams to build innovative and educational websites to share with the world. Along the way, they learn research, writing, teamwork, and technology skills and compete for exciting prizes. Sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation, the competition offers a unique project-based learning experience to students and teachers across the globe. Everybody wins by having their completed websites published in the ThinkQuest Library, a rich online resource visited by millions monthly.

  • Student Leaders -- Bank of America

    Student Leaders demonstrate a clear interest in the crucial issues facing communities today and a strong desire to help build and sustain vibrant neighborhoods for tomorrow. The program features: Five young adults in each of the 45 markets. A week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC to gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Exciting 8-week paid internship program at a local nonprofit/charitable organization.