Dell Computers was founded in 1984 in Austin Texas and it became a worldwide leader in online sales of MSDOS/Windows/x86 computers within a decade. Michael and Susan Dell established their foundation in 1999 in an effort to present their booming company as a corporate citizen. The efforts of the foundation are to multiply the work of Dell’s individual employees:
Being a good corporate citizen is more than just writing a check to a nonprofit and checking ‘complete’ next to your external branding strategy. To make a meaningful difference, companies must integrate the process into its business model, strategically align community involvement with business initiatives and avoid diluting efforts by consciously focusing on areas where the greatest impact can be made. That’s the recipe for success in today’s global market.
If your organization would like to apply for support from the foundation, we have collated some resources to help you get started.
The foundation’s Trust for Public Land in New York City and their efforts to clean play grounds and develop community gardens with the help of public-school kids., and it’s focus is on education, scholarship, and the environment. In all these cases, the in the US and abroad. In 2011, the foundation awarded grants in the US ranging from $55,000 to $10 million for the US Charter School Growth Fund. The awards depend on the application and the project. Here is a video of a project for the
The grant proposals must be made online, and the foundation states it will respond to your proposal within six weeks. They generally do not support applications for the following constituencies:
- Medical research projects
- Event fundraisers or sponsorships
- Lobbying of any kind
The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation seems proud of its practical ambitions, and we hope your organization can build on the foundation’s support: “We aren’t naïve about the task we’ve set. We know that some efforts will fail, while others won’t grow as we’d hoped. But we also know that if we partner well and keep our sleeves rolled up, we’ll find far-reaching solutions in surprising places.”