Location: 1 Verizon Way, Basking Ridge, 07920 NJ
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Reviewer 9953 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019
Verizon Foundation contributed funds for a crisis hotline for victims of domestic violence. Funding was cut in half from previous years (15,000 to 7,5000); we work closely with a local rep who told us how much we should request. We have been advised that the program will likely be phased out in the next year or two, so we should not count on funding after this cycle.
Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues
Current or former grantee
Funded for lesser amount
Our local rep discussed with us by phone how much they'll be willing to fund in the current cycle. We received payment just a few weeks after submitting the application.
In the past, Verizon collected used cell phones in their stores to donate to shelters and crisis centers. Consumers changed their ways and are now less likely to give up their phones because they have trade-in value, so Verizon began giving modest grants to the shelters and help lines they previously served. This grant application gives me 500 words to describe the program to be funded, and 2000 to describe how we'll make the Verizon brand visible in the process. At such a modest gift size, it feels like they're buying advertising.
It's impractical to expect an organization to do extensive reporting for a grant of this size. After spending a few hours on the application and more on the reporting, we'll go through at least 10% of the grant just to cover salaries for that time. Please trust us to do good work and just fund operational costs based on our programming success and goals.
Clear communication and expectations.
More than 15
Reviewer 301 - Did not apply
Incredibly hard to get in touch with. Have reached out to the local program officer 5x with no response. The local program officer position has been switched between 3 people in the last year (according to their website), and none have responded to 5x contact requests.
Did not apply