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The Application Period for GCI’s 2021 Philanthropy Program Is Now Open

Oct 2, 2020 | Finance, News, Nonprofits, Telecom & Tech

Alaska nonprofits have through November 15 to submit applications for GCI Gives’ 2021 funding year.

GCI’s philanthropy program, GCI Gives, has opened the application period for its 2021 grant cycle. From October 1 through November 15, Alaska nonprofits have the opportunity to apply for funding from GCI, one of the state’s largest corporate philanthropic contributors.

GCI Gives’ contributions are focused in seven key areas: diversity and inclusion, cultural arts and innovation, education, healthy communities, youth, animals, and public safety. Since 2015, GCI has donated more than $10 million in cash and in-kind services to Alaska nonprofits.

This year, GCI has welcomed a new member to the GCI Gives staff. In her role as GCI Gives senior manager, Megan Mazurek will oversee the program’s daily operations and continue growing GCI’s relationships with Alaska nonprofits.

“I’m thrilled to join the GCI team and to work on this impactful program that’s truly making a difference in communities across the state,” said Mazurek. “I look forward to working with our nonprofit partners to find new ways to strengthen Alaska communities and to bring GCI’s philanthropic strength to bear.”

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Grant Contribution Guidelines

Applicants must be an eligible, Alaska-based 501(c)3 with a current W-9. To apply for a GCI Gives grant, fill out the contributions request in its entirety, provide a copy of your organization’s 501(c)(3) status, a list of sponsorship levels and benefits, and other relevant information.


Projects that are not eligible include:

  • Capital projects
  • Individual requests (must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit)
  • Multi-year commitment or automatic renewal grants
  • Pageants
  • Pass-through donations (organizations raising funds for other nonprofits)
  • Personal incentives
  • Publicly or privately funded K-12 educational institutions School auctions, PTA events, booster clubs, graduation parties
  • Team events
  • Travel
  • Scholarships (outside of the GCI Scholarship Program)
  • Any group or project that discriminates on the basis of race, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation or national origin

The GCI Gives grant application is available here.

GCI is one of Alaska’s leaders in corporate philanthropy, donating approximately $2 million each year in cash, products and connectivity to organizations across the state. GCI is committed to giving back to the communities it serves and provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2019, nearly 550 GCI employees volunteered more than 5,300 hours.

Click here for more information about GCI Gives.

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