Foundation / Corporation
Western Digital Foundation
07/15/18 5:00 PM PST
Grants to California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Utah nonprofits and public schools to improve the well-being, quality of life and education, and economic health of communities in eligible counties where employees of the Funding Source live and work. Funding is also intended to improve education and the environment.
The Foundation awards grants to support the needs of the communities in alignment with the three key areas of interest:
- Education: STEM, particularly programs targeted at under-represented and/or under-privileged youth
- Hunger Relief: Programs with a predominant focus on alleviating hunger locally
- Environmental Preservation: Programs aimed at environmental protection or preservation, and the public education of such issues
GrantWatch ID#: 178130
The Western Digital Foundation awards community grants to nonprofit organizations and public schools in the regions where employees live and work.
Applications are welcome from organizations with programs serving one of the following geographical areas:
- Greater Bay Area, CA (Alameda, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties)
- Orange County, CA
- Boulder County, CO
- El Paso County, CO
- Middlesex County, MA
- Olmsted County, MN
- Salt Lake County, UT
WDC requires that nonprofit organizations and schools seeking support from WDC or any of its subsidiaries meet specific criteria to be considered for support:
- Be a tax-exempt nonprofit organization or public school in good standing with local authorities, including without limitation tax authorities like the IRS
- Show program capability, sound fiscal policies, responsible management, and evidence of long-range planning and effective use of volunteers
- Have a competent, active board of directors or similar governing body providing sound policies and guidance to the organization and its members
- Produce a budget, financial statements and a plan for funding beyond the period covered by the proposed contribution
- Show a method of evaluating the results of the proposed project
In addition, the WDC requires:
- The charity is not being recommended by a foreign official
- The charity is not owned or operated by a foreign official or close relative
- There are no deals that are contingent (either in fact or in appearance) upon the granting of the charitable aid
- Normal due diligence has been conducted to verify that the charity is legitimate and reputable, and financially stable
- The charity’s mission is consistent with the philanthropic priorities of the Western Digital Corporation (Education, Hunger Relief, Environmental Issues)
The Foundation will not provide grants or other charitable contributions under circumstances that are not permitted by or are in conflict with the policies of the Western Digital Corporation or the Western Digital Foundation, applicable law, or budgetary considerations, which include but are not limited to requests made by the following:
- Customers or other business partners or providers
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual preference, disability, age, or national origin
- Grant-making foundations
- Political organizations
- Organizations failing to meet Western Digital’s corporate standards for ethical operation and social value
Proposals are reviewed by Western Digital Corporation employee committees twice a year at each location site for recommendation of approval or denial. The Western Digital Foundation then makes the final recommendation.
The Foundation offers two application periods per year with deadlines on January 15th and July 15th. Organizations seeking funding may apply once in any 12 month period. Community grant awards are limited to one per organization, per year. Organizations receiving three consecutive years of funding will be required to cycle out for one year before applying for additional funding.
The application will be available on an annual basis according the following schedule:
Application Opens: June 1
Application Due Date: July 15, 5pm PST
Application Opens: December 1
Application Due Date: January 15, 5pm PST
Paper applications are no longer accepted by the Western Digital Foundation.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
5601 Great Oaks Parkway
San Jose, CA 95119
Corporate Offices: 408.717.6000
USA: California: Greater Bay Area (Alameda, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties), Orange County; Colorado: Boulder County, El Paso County; Massachusetts: Middlesex County; Minnesota: Olmsted County; Utah: Salt Lake County