Charitable Giving Guidelines
Thank you for your interest in our charitable giving programs. FedEx is committed to actively supporting the communities we serve by strategically investing our people, resources, and networks. Our corporate resources include financial contributions, in-kind charitable shipping services, and volunteer services by our team members.
We focus our investments in three core areas:
- Disaster Readiness, Relief, and Recovery: FedEx accepts applications from organizations that bring relief to victims of emergencies or natural disasters.
- We direct our funds toward the quick and efficient transport of aid and disaster preparedness education initiatives.
- We generally do not accept applications from local chapters of the following organizations with which we have ongoing relationships: The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide.
- Pedestrian and Road Safety: FedEx is interested in supporting organizations that:
- Help keep child pedestrians safe through increased awareness and knowledge of pedestrian safety as an issue.
- Help change unsafe child pedestrian behaviors and/or create environmental improvements to keep child pedestrians safe in local communities.
- Sustainability: EarthSmart Outreach programs extend our commitment to sustainability in 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.
- Build sustainable cities by restoring and conserving parks and green spaces.
- Promote ecosystem vitality by rehabilitating habitats affected by disaster and improving disaster resilience.
Is your organization eligible for funding?
All requests must fit within our funding priorities and show evidence of current personal and active engagement by one or more FedEx team member(s).
The majority of charitable activities we support are initiated by FedEx. Unsolicited requests are not strongly encouraged. We grant only a limited number of other shipping requests that meet our eligibility requirements. The majority of our charitable shipments are related to emergency and disaster relief.
In addition to our three core areas of funding, FedEx also considers applications for local community projects or programs, but your organization must be invited by an approved FedEx team member to be considered. Eligible projects:
- Engage students in the global economy.
- Catalyze reforms that close the achievement gap.
- Advance opportunities for minorities through access to higher education.
Requests generally not eligible for funding:
- 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
If your organization chooses to submit an unsolicited request, please follow the guidelines below:
- All requests must fit within our funding priorities and show evidence of current personal and active engagement by one or more FedEx team members.
- Organizations must show evidence of competent management, low administrative/fundraising expense ratios, and a nondiscriminatory program benefiting broad segments of the community.
- FedEx considers requests from registered 501(c)(3) organizations. We consider supporting nonprofit organizations in good financial and public standing, which ask for:
- 5 percent or less of a total project budget
- Support for specific program needs rather than special events or capital campaigns
- Contingency grants
- Seed monies with the thought that other sources will contribute matching amounts
For U.S.-based organizations
FedEx accepts grant applications online only. You’ll be asked to complete a brief eligibility quiz. At this stage you’ll be asked to enter the organization’s Tax Exempt Number, which will be automatically validated against the IRS database.
If you are eligible to proceed to the next step, you’ll 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
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