| These Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to employees and representatives from non-profit organizations who are considering applying for grants from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation.
What is the Foundationís purpose?
The Foundation was established by Enterprise Rent-A-Car Founder Jack C. Taylor to allow the company to give back to the communities in which Enterprise customers and employees live and work. The Foundation provides charitable support to worthwhile, non-profit initiatives that are actively supported by the company's employees, their spouses and loyal Enterprise customers in the thousands of local communities where Enterprise operates. The Foundation also provides more sizable special grants to non-profit groups or causes of significant strategic or social importance to the company and its employees.
What efforts or organizations does the Foundation support?
The Foundationís philanthropic and community relations mission is to insure that we maintain our leadership position as a valued, responsible corporate citizen by enhancing the quality of life in our communities consistent with the companyís business goals and objectives. The Foundation only provides grants to qualified tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States, and registered charities in Canada and the United Kingdom. Also, the Foundation supports relief projects or causes the company deems important as they arise, such as natural disasters that affect Enterprise customers and employees.
What areas will the Foundation not fund?
The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation does not donate rentals or vehicles; nor does the Foundation support multi-year grants. As a rule; the Foundation does not fund ongoing operating or salary costs; or budget deficits of an organization. Also; the Foundation does not sponsor or make contributions to the following types of organizations or types of funding: individuals; churches; synagogues; and other houses of religious worship; political organizations; labor organizations; athletic teams; non-charitable organizations (according to IRS Codes); tuition; fees; memberships; dues; tickets; subscriptions; telethons; and beauty pageants.
What is the Foundationís relationship with the United Way?
Enterprise Rent-A-Car administers an annual United Way campaign to facilitate donations from employees who wish to support their local United Way chapters through payroll deductions. The Foundation provides a 50-percent match of employee contributions to United Way campaigns throughout communities in the United States and Canada. Similarly, the Foundation supports the "Give as You Earn" program in the United Kingdom.
Does the Foundation have a matching gifts program?
The only matching program the Foundation participates in is the annual United Way campaign. The Foundation matches 50 percent of employee contributions.
How much is the average grant?
First-time grants are awarded up to $1,500. Award averages are $2,500 to $5,000.
How long is my grant award for?
Foundation grants are awarded for a 12-month period. Organizations will be eligible for consideration again 12 months after the date of the award.
How do I apply for a grant from the Foundation?
The Foundation generally accepts requests for donations only from Enterprise employees and their spouses. In addition, the Foundation will consider requests from established Enterprise customers who use our services on a regular basis. The requestor must be personally and actively involved in the organization. If you are an employee, you may access the grant request link from the company’s intranet site under “Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation.” Customers may get the link from the company’s website at www.enterprise.com/foundation.
Do I need to include a copy of my 501(c)(3) letter?
You do not need a copy of the organization's IRS determination letter; however, you will need the organization's 9-digit Federal ID number in order to begin a grant application for the United States. The system will automatically verify against the IRS's system. For Canada and United Kingdom, you will need the organization's Registered Charity number.
How does the Foundation award grants?
Requests may be submitted during open cycle periods (closed from submission deadline thru the meeting review period). The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Board meets three times each year to consider requests. Board meetings take place in winter (January or February), spring (April or May) and fall (October). Submission deadlines are posted on the company's Internet and intranet sites.
How will I know the status of my application?
Requestors will be notified by email with the status of their requests. Once an application is submitted online, the requestor will receive an email confirmation that the request has been received. Upon initial review, the application will be accepted or declined and you will be notified either way by email. If the request is accepted, the next notification will occur approximately 3-4 weeks after the next regularly scheduled Board meeting and it will be by regular mail.
May I set up an appointment to discuss project or program ideas?
Unfortunately, the Foundation does not generally discuss specific individual grant applications. If your question is not answered here or you would like more information, you may contact the Foundation. Please find contact information listed at the bottom.
How often can an organization request funding from the Foundation?
Grants are for a period of one year, and requests may be made once a year or every 12 months. However, the Foundation will not accept any requests from agencies that have outstanding contribution receipts.
Your guidelines state a request must come from an employee or an established customer. If my organization doesnít have a corporate account but rents vehicles from Enterprise, may we submit a grant request?
If you are a regular user of the companyís services (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Truck, Enterprise Fleet Management, or Enterprise Car Sales) but do not carry an account with the company, you will need to obtain a letter of support on company letterhead from your local Enterprise affiliate to verify your relationship. This document will need to be scanned and uploaded at the last part of the grant application.
How can I engage an Enterprise employee with my organization, or how do I request Enterprise employees to volunteer on a project in my community?
Please reach out to your local Enterprise affiliate or its operating groupís administrative offices for these inquiries.
Enterprise rents, leases, and sells cars. How can I get a vehicle donated to my organization or for a raffle?
Because regulations and laws covering the automotive rental and vehicle leasing industries vary, Enterprise has a company-wide policy that neither the Foundation nor its affiliates will donate vehicles or rentals.
My father belongs to an organization that is a 501(c)(10) non-profit. May I make a request for funding to a 501(c)(10)?
An employee may request a grant from the Foundation from qualified 501(c)(3) organizations. The Foundation is established to work with 501(c)(3) organizations only. Even if an organization is a not-for-profit agency and is not a 501(c)(3), we are unable to assist. Similarly, we can only work with Registered Charities in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Do I send my sponsorship proposal to the Foundation?
The Foundation does not traditionally support sponsorships. For information on community relations opportunities within the St. Louis area, please contact the Community Relations department at Enterprise corporate headquarters at (314) 512-5000.
If I make Enterprise Rent-A-Car my preferred car rental agency for my event, will the Foundation consider supporting the event?
Whether or not Enterprise is named a preferred rental car agency has no effect on the consideration of a Foundation request.
If the Foundation sponsors a table for an event, can the operating group use those tickets to attend?
No. If the Foundation makes a contribution to an organization or event, no goods or services can be received in exchange for the donation. The Foundation is prohibited from receiving benefits from organizations that receive contributions from the Foundation. Benefits which groups may not receive include tickets to events, dinner invitations, golf outings, and advertising. Recognition for support on signage and in programs should go to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, not the operating group. For an operating group to attend, the operating group must make a donation in addition to the Foundationís donation.
How may I obtain a copy of the Foundation's logo for our brochure/website?
The Foundation does not typically provide their logo for publication. We appreciate being recognized as a donor in simple typed format as "Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation." If an operating group gives a donation in addition to the Foundation's grant, the operating group would be able to assist with providing the company's regular logo.
My organization has received funding for several years from the Foundation, but this year its application has been declined. Why?
The Foundation considers grant requests on an individual basis at regular meetings each year. Unfortunately, the Foundation does not guarantee funding for certain organizations; each application is treated as a new request for funding. Organizations are not guaranteed funding.
How may I learn more about philanthropy?
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If you don't see your question answered here or want more information, please contact the Foundation. Our email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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