Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Grant Declination: Sprint Foundation (Chicago)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) exists to fund BDPA programs and services that might advance the careers of African Americans from the classroom to the boardroom. We submit grant proposals on a regular basis. Unfortunately, our efforts often hit a brick wall.

The grant proposal submitted to Sprint Foundation by BETF on behalf of BDPA Chicago chapter has been declined.

The company wrote:

Dear Mr. Hicks:

Thank you for submitting your grant proposal for the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) Program. After careful consideration, we regret to inform you we are unable to provide the funding you seek.

The Sprint Foundation prioritizes its grant awards to programs that support youth initiatives, specifically K-12 public education, youth development (leadership, mentoring and community service), and arts and culture outreach programs designed to bring arts to at-risk and diverse children. Once an opportunity is identified as being eligible and in scope, it is evaluated for its ability to support the Sprint Foundation's philanthropic and community objectives within our budgetary restrictions.

Unfortunately, not all in-scope opportunities can be funded. By carefully selecting which projects to fund, we are able to have a greater impact on the opportunities we do choose to pursue.

We appreciate your consideration of the Sprint Foundation and hope you will understand that our response is in no way a reflection on the fine work accomplished through the BDPA Education And Technology Foundation. Although we are unable to provide funding, we wish you success with the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) Program.

Ralph Reid, Executive Director
Sprint Foundation

BETF will continue to seek out funds for all 45 chapters, including the one located in Chicago. You can help ... do you have any ideas on corporate foundations, like Sprint, that may be open to funding BDPA programs and services?

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