The Verizon Foundation is dedicated to improving lives and giving back to communities. Specifically, we focus on:


We're using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Our comprehensive strategy leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).


Verizon Foundation is leveraging its technology and resources to improve quality and access for children, women and seniors in rural and urban communities in need. Our main focus is to reduce healthcare disparities, improve access and quality, and enable better chronic disease outcomes through health information technology that educates and empowers patients to self-manage their health.

Energy Management

We see a growing market for digital technology that will increasingly give communities more control over their energy use. We're beginning to glimpse the future - where technology can be used to help people make smarter energy decisions and save money. The Verizon Foundation is seeking to accelerate change through research partnerships and philanthropic investment to find better ways to manage our energy use and Build Smarter Neighborhoods.


To be considered for an invitation, an organization must be:

*Classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code AND are further classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1)-509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as follows:

?Section 509(a)(1) - Organizations described in section 170(b)(1)(A) clauses (i) - (vi):

170(b)(1)(A)(i) - Church, provided that the grant will benefit a large portion of a community without regard to religious affiliation and does not duplicate the work of other agencies in the community.

170(b)(1)(A)(ii) - School.

170(b)(1)(A)(iii) - Hospital or medical research organization.

170(b)(1)(A)(iv) - Organization which operates for benefit of college or university and is owned or operated by a governmental unit.

170(b)(1)(A)(v) - Governmental unit.

170(b)(1)(A)(vi) - Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public.

?Section 509(a)(2) - Organizations that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.

?Section 509(a)(3) - Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with organizations described in the previous seven items.

An elementary or secondary school (public or private) registered with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), providing that the grant is not for the sponsorship of a field trip.


Please Note: As of January 2013, all applications are considered on an invitation-only basis. To see if you are eligible to apply, please contact