Northrop Grumman Foundation Matching Gifts for Education

The Northrop Grumman Foundation’s Matching Gifts for Education program is designed to acknowledge and support our employees’ personal commitment to education. Please check the eligible/ineligible education support lists below to assure that your organization will be considered.

Matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis, verified personal donations for education from $50 to $2,500 are eligible. The Foundation will match four gifts, per employee/donor, per fiscal year, November 1 – October 31. The match total will not exceed the maximum of $2,500 for all donations. If you need further clarification, please reference the Matching Gifts for Education FAQs.

The matching gifts process has two important steps:

  1. Registration of the donation by the employee/donor
  2. Verification by the school/organization

After verification, the Foundation can deny or approve the donation. If approved, the matching gift check will be sent directly to the educational institution. Regardless of the date of the employee/donor donation, the date upon which the submission is processed is the official date of the Foundation match.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation may change, suspend, or terminate this program at any time and reserves the right to determine whether any donation is eligible to be matched.

General Information

Eligible participants

  • Active Full-time Employees
  • Part-time Employees (20+ hrs/Week)
  • Northrop Grumman Board of Directors

Ineligible participants

  • Retired employees
  • Employees on Leave of Absence
  • Contract employees
  • Spouses or children of current full-time employees
  • Other third parties

Eligible Education Institutions and Organizations

  • U.S.-based public and private elementary and secondary schools with a valid NCES registration
  • U.S.-based private and public not-for-profit, degree-granting, two- and four-year colleges or universities, graduate schools, dental, medical or law schools, and vocational or technical schools accredited by a nationally recognized regional accrediting association or listed in the Higher Education Directory of Colleges and Universities published by the U.S. Office of Education
  • Alumni foundations, fund raising entities or support groups (PTA, PTO, PTSA, etc.) must be affiliated with a qualifying U.S.-based school and have a separate, valid 501(c)(3) status or comparable tax-exempt determination
  • Not for profit 501(c)(3) organizations with verified IRS 501(c)(3) status, whose primary mission is to further student access to and success in STEM-related programs and disciplines. These organizations are eligible beginning June 1, 2022

All recipients of  a matching gift must be recognized as a tax exempt organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s section 501(c)(3). Organizations classified as private foundations as defined by Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue code will be required to provide additional documentation to determine eligibility for match.

All gifts must be recognized as an individual tax-deductible charitable contribution by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

NOTE: Organizations whose programs discriminate based on race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, religion, creed, age, disability, genetic information, military service/veteran status, disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law are not eligible for funding.

Eligible Education Support

This list includes, but is not limited, to:

  • Scholarships (not awarded to designated individuals)
  • General Fund
  • Annual Fund
  • Donations to specific departments (i.e., Engineering, Humanities, Business, Dental)
  • STEM Programs offered through non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations (i.e. MATHCOUNTS, science centers)
  • STEM education programs and initiatives offered through diversity organizations (i.e. NSBE, SWE, GMiS)
  • Donations to specific, STEM-focused student teams and clubs (i.e. Robotics Education and Competition Foundation / VEX, CyberPatriot)

Ineligible Education Support

  • Athletic teams, support organizations or scholarships designed to benefit student athletes
  • Institutions, or departments within eligible institutions, that discriminate based on religious beliefs
  • Tuition, books or student fees (for individuals with which you are personally affiliated)
  • Fundraising events and initiatives. Examples include but are not limited to: banquets/dinners, auctions, raffles, dance-a-thons, walk-a-thons, jog-a-thons, cookie/bake sales
  • Choirs, bands, theatre or drill teams
  • Missions trips
  • Endowments (income-generating investments such as endowed chairs)
  • Capital campaigns (building projects or expansion/renovation of existing facilities)
  • Campus student organizations (such as fraternities, sororities, honor societies, recreational clubs)
  • Pledges (that have not yet been given)
  • In-kind donations (donations in lieu of cash)
  • A cash donation that is not classified as a personal asset of an eligible participant
  • Bequests
  • Subscriptions (such as public radio campaigns) or membership dues or fees (alumni organizations)
  • Advertising or underwriting expenses
  • Home schools and home school support organizations

Application Process

  • To apply using single-source sign-on, visit the My Giving portal while connected to the network. You may also click here while off the network.



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