The GE Foundation Supporting Humanitarian Issues around the Globe

The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of General Electric Company, invests in initiatives that work to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. The Foundation focuses on education, health, environment, public policy, human rights, disaster relief and community success around the globe. The GE Foundation also supports employees and retirees engaging in their communities through its Matching Gifts program and United Way campaigns.

The Foundation aims to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, focusing its efforts in the areas of health, education, the environment and disaster relief.

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Thematic Areas

  1. Health
  2. Education
  3. Public Policy
  4. Human Rights
  5. Humanitarian Relief
  6. Environment
  7. Community Development
  8. Disaster Preparedness
  9. Public Affairs

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Charitable Organizations:

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Participating organizations must be one of the following (excluding those listed in the “Ineligible Recipient Organizations” section):

United States:

  • Recognized by and registered with the United States I.R.S. as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization; or
  • Accredited Public PreK-12 Schools or School Districts in the U.S. to which contributions are tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States; or
  • Accredited Public or Non-Profit Colleges and Universities in the U.S. to which contributions are tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.

All Other Countries:

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  • Recognized by and registered with the United Kingdom Charity Commission as a charitable organization; or
  • Recognized by Charities Aid Foundation-America as a charitable organization.
  • All organizations must be approved by the GE Foundation and must confirm compliance with program criteria to participate in the program.

Ineligible Recipient Organizations:

  • Ineligible organizations include, but are not limited to, the following (please note that this list is representative of frequent questions and may be expanded or amended by the GE Foundation):
  • United Ways (e.g. United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, United Way of King County, etc.) or GE Employee-led charities (e.g. Good Neighbor Fund, Employee Community Fund, Community Service Fund, etc.). These are supported by the GE Foundation through a separate program.
  • Political organizations (partisan organizations or those supporting specific candidates or legislation).
  • Religious organizations (churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship), or other organizations primarily promoting religious purposes. Other faith-based community service organizations or schools may be considered eligible if their programs:
    • are open to all individuals in the community regardless of religious belief;
    • serve a secular purpose, such as food pantry, homeless shelter, or education;
    • do not require participation in prayer, worship, or other religious activities as a condition of receiving service(s) offered; and
    • do not use the individual donation or resulting match for religious purposes.
    • Donor advised funds, private foundations, personal trusts.
    • Organizations that do not comply with GE’s non-discrimination policy (i.e. organizations that discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or other characteristic(s) protected by law).
    • Organizations that do not comply with the USA Patriot Act (or other applicable anti-terrorism rules/laws).

For more information and to register, please visit GE Foundation Registration page.

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