Corporate Giving

Bridgepoint Education believes in giving back to the communities we serve. We focus our philanthropic efforts in three main areas: education, youth, and the military.

Please note: All applications are considered on an invitation-only basis.

Current Nonprofit Partners

Invitation-Only Process

Bridgepoint Education invites current nonprofit partners to submit comprehensive grant proposals online once a year.

Important things to note:

  • An invitation to submit for sponsorship does not guarantee the request will be fulfilled.
  • All requests for 2017 must be submitted in July 2016 – we will not accept additional requests throughout the year.
  • See below for timeline.

Timeline for 2017 Grants

Only applicable to partners invited to submit proposals.

  • July 1-31, 2016: Grant proposals accepted from invited nonprofit partners
  • August – December 2016: Corporate Giving Review Committee meets to consider proposals
  • January 2017: Organizations advised of grant decisions. You may contact us if you have not heard back by February 1, 2017.

Nonprofits Requesting First-Time Funding

What if I wasn’t invited to submit an application?

Please do not submit a proposal unless invited to do so. Unsolicited proposals will not be considered. Nonprofits that have not been invited or have not previously received funding can complete our online Letter of Inquiry form once per year.

How and when can I submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI)?

We accept inquiries from nonprofit organizations that align with our focus areas in the communities we serve including: San Diego, CA; Clinton, IA;  and Denver, CO, through our online Letter of Inquiry form only, which we accept and review on a rolling basis. Requests submitted outside of our process will not be considered.

Following review of your LOI, we will contact you with a decision within 90 days of your submission. Please note our invitation only timeline when submitting your LOI. We only invite partners to apply for sponsorship once per year, in July.

Any organization not invited to submit a proposal has not been selected to move forward in the grant request process.

View the Letter of Inquiry form.

Does my organization qualify for sponsorship or for a grant from Bridgepoint Education?

Bridgepoint Education provides support to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the areas of San Diego, CA; Clinton, IA; and Denver CO. Your organization may not qualify if it:

  • Does not qualify for tax-deductible contributions under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code
  • Is a political, religious, or grant-making organization
  • Represents a conflict of interest for Bridgepoint Education and its subsidiaries  

Typically, we do not support the following:

  • Animal welfare
  • Arts
  • Diseases
  • Individuals
  • Recreational sports teams and clubs
  • Travel
  • Walks and runs

What is expected of partners once funded?

Funded organizations report annually on progress toward the goals and outcomes established during the initial funding through the Evaluation Form. Organizations will not be invited to submit new proposals until the Evaluation Form has been submitted for the prior year.

How large are Bridgepoint’s grants and sponsorships?

Bridgepoint Education does not have a set range for grant or sponsorship amounts. Many factors, including the specific program or event to be funded, determine funding amounts.

If you have additional questions or need more assistance after reviewing these guidelines, please contact communityrelations@bridgepointeducation.com.