Charitable Contribution Guidelines
FedEx is committed to actively supporting the communities we serve through strategic investment of our people, resources and network. Our corporate resources include financial contributions, in-kind charitable shipping services and volunteer services by our team members.
We have three core focus areas that our investments can impact in important and meaningful ways:
- Disaster Readiness, Relief and Recovery: FedEx accepts applications from organizations that bring relief to victims of emergencies or natural disasters. Specifically, we direct our funds toward the quick and efficient transport of aid, and disaster preparedness education initiatives. Note: FedEx has relationships with the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Way Worldwide and Heart to Heart International; applications from local chapters of these organizations are generally not accepted.
- Child Pedestrian Safety: FedEx is interested in supporting organizations that help keep child pedestrians safe through increasing awareness and knowledge of pedestrian safety as an issue, helping change unsafe child pedestrian behaviors, and/or creating environmental improvements to keep child pedestrians safe in local communities.
- Sustainability: EarthSmart Outreach programs extend our commitment to sustainability to communities through charitable and team member support. EarthSmart Outreach investments focus on sustainable transportation solutions that reduce emissions and congestion, enhance safety and expand accessibility; building sustainable cities through the conservation and restoration of parks and green spaces; and, promote ecosystem vitality through the rehabilitation of natural habitats impacted by disaster and improving disaster resilience. In addition to our commitment to these core areas, FedEx supports select education as well as local community projects identified by our team members.
FedEx supports projects that engage students in the global economy, catalyze reform that close the achievement gap, and advance opportunities for minorities through access to higher education. Applications for local community projects or programs are by invitation only; your organization must be invited by an approved FedEx team member to be considered.
The majority of charitable activities we support are initiated by FedEx. While not strongly encouraged, if your organization chooses to submit an unsolicited request, please note the following guidelines outlined below.
FedEx considers requests from registered 501(c)(3) organizations and is especially interested in supporting nonprofit organizations in good financial and public standing that request: 5% or less of a total project budget; support for specific program needs rather than special events or capital campaigns; contingency grants; or seed monies with the thought that other sources will contribute matching amounts. Organizations must show evidence of competent management, low administrative/fundraising expense ratios, and a nondiscriminatory program benefiting broad segments of the community.
To be considered for support, all requests must fit within our funding priorities and show evidence of current personal and active engagement by one or more FedEx team members. Priority is assigned to requests that fall within the three core focus areas. Please be advised that the majority of our charitable shipments are related to Emergency and Disaster Relief. We grant only a limited number of other shipping requests that meet our eligibility requirements.
Corporate funds are generally not available for the following:
- Additional funds to organizations already under a multi-year commitment
- Athletic groups or activities, including charity-benefit sporting events
- Complimentary shipping of items sold through fundraisers
- Exclusively tax-supported educational institutions
- Endowments or memorials
- FedEx promotional merchandise
- Individual needs, including scholarships and beauty contest candidates
- Labor or political organizations
- Membership dues
- Operational support for organizations that are associated with the United Way
- Public or private elementary schools, secondary schools or colleges
- Sectarian or religious denominations
- Travel funds for tours, expeditions or trips
For U.S.-Based Organizations
FedEx accepts grant applications online only. Applicants are first asked to complete a brief eligibility quiz to determine fit with our guidelines. At this stage applicants will be asked to enter the organization’s Tax Exempt Number, which will be automatically validated against the IRS database.
If eligible to proceed to the next step, applicants will be directed to an online application and required to include the following information:
- Brief description of your organization, including goals and population served
- Overview of the proposed use of FedEx assistance
- Explanation of why assistance is needed
- Description of the area and population served by this particular project
- Detailed information on your organization’s anticipated sources of revenue and expenses
- Detailed information on how you will measure the project’s success
- Detailed timeline
For Non U.S.-Based Organizations
Non-U.S. organizations that meet the eligibility requirements should submit a request to FedEx Global Citizenship via mail. The request must include all of the information in the list above and can be mailed to:
FedEx Global Citizenship
Attn: Non-U.S. Grants
3610 Hacks Cross Road
Memphis, TN 38125