Monday, April 11, 2011

American Express Philanthropy

American Express Philanthropy accepts inquiries for funding on an ongoing basis throughout the year. They welcome innovative ideas and approaches, however, they seldom support unsolicited requests.

As such they encourage eligible organizations to submit a letters of inquiry (maximum 1-2 pages, no attachments) that answers the following questions:
  • What is your organization's mission?
  • What is the nature of the project for which you are requesting support?
  • How does this project fit into our giving themes of Cultural Heritage, Leadership and Community Service?
  • What is the proposed timeline for the project?
  • What is the project budget and how much will you be requesting from American Express?
  • Do you have any other supporters or pending requests for support for this project?
  • What are your criteria for evaluating the success of the project?
  • The giving area for which you are applying (Cultural Heritage, Leadership, Community Service) should be clearly marked on the envelope containing the letter
Local Priorities: As a global company, American Express Philanthropy touches many local communities within the United States and around the world. When working with local organizations to support their giving themes, priority is given to projects in the locations co-located with BDPA chapters in Atlanta, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, South Florida and Washington DC.

Does your chapter have current supporters or members that work at American Express?

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