Investopedia.org 2018 Funding Guidelines

Investopedia is the world’s leading source of financial content on the web, with more than 27 million unique visitors each month. Powered by a team of data scientists and financial experts, Investopedia offers trusted and actionable financial information, and believes passionately in financial empowerment for all.

In line with this mission, “Investopedia.org” is Investopedia’s initiative to support activities that enhance financial empowerment among low-income individuals and communities. Investopedia.org defines “financial empowerment” as providing the information, tools and coaching needed to achieve financial sustainability in the short- and long-term. As further described below, organizations eligible for funding include those that are working to help low income individuals and communities reduce bad debt, make the most of their financial resources, and build assets.

Investopedia seeks to award grants in the range of $10,000-$25,000 in 2018 towards both specific projects and general operating support, as determined by Investopedia.

Eligibility:

Eligible applicants must be certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations based in the United States and serve missions related to our philanthropic goal of enabling financial empowerment.

Investopedia grants will NOT fund: specific religious activities or beliefs; public school systems; public or private educational institutions; direct grants to individuals; lobbying or political activities; major research projects; any commercial business purpose; multi-year grants; event sponsorship, volunteerism or community initiatives; private foundations (but excluding Private Operating Foundations, which may be eligible); endowments, building campaigns, special events, annual funds, or any other prohibited activities, in its sole discretion. Nor will Investopedia grants fund any organizations that Investopedia believes to have been or currently be engaged in any conduct that violates any law, rule, or regulation.

Any applicant offered a grant must sign the Terms and Conditions in order to participate in the program.

Applications:

Applications can be completed online at bit.ly/INVorg2018app
 
The deadline for submitting all applications is January 31, 2018.
 
Please have all material prepared before completing our online application form. The form must be completed in one session before you submit; corrections cannot be made after the form has been submitted. Once your application form has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation with a copy of your completed application. Keep that email for your records. Investopedia will not consider any applications that fail to include all required background documentation and disclosures.

Notification:

Only completed applications for eligible applicants that meet Investopedia’s mandate of financial empowerment will be reviewed. Applicants may be contacted with follow-up questions after they submit their applications. Funding decisions will be announced by April 2018.
 
Investopedia shall award the grant(s) in its sole discretion, and nothing herein shall create any obligation for Investopedia to make any grant to any applicant.

For avoidance of doubt, Investopedia is a for-profit limited liability corporation.

Final Report:

After an organization’s approved funds have been expended, they will be required to provide Investopedia with a report (approx. 2-3 pages) detailing how the funds were implemented, an expenditures budget, and any supporting documents, updates or status reports. We require that such report be submitted to the email address below by April 1, 2019. 

Publicity:

Any entity that is awarded an Investopedia grant will be required to participate in reasonable publicity efforts with Investopedia related to the award of the grant and the Investopedia.org program.

Contact:

Please contact philanthropy@investopedia.com with any questions.