A: Our global corporate headquarters and several of our brand’s headquarters are in Denver, Colorado (The North Face®, Altra®, icebreaker®, JanSport®, and Smartwool®). Other important geographies we consider for grantmaking are in and nearby Costa Mesa, California (Vans®), Stratham, New Hampshire (Timberland®), New York, New York (Supreme®), Greensboro, North Carolina (VF), Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (Dickies®), and Appleton, Wisconsin (VF).
A: We invite requests from NGO/nonprofit organizations where VF has significant corporate and manufacturing footprints in Europe and Asia, whose programmatic work is aligned with our grantmaking priorities. We do not consider unsolicited requests from organizations based outside of the United States.
A: Qualifying organizations must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Federal Tax Code (or international equivalent).
A: The VF Foundation does not fund general operating costs, capital campaigns, or sponsorship of fundraising events. Support is only considered for specific programming.
A: If this is your first time applying, a good rule of thumb is to submit a request for no more than $25,000.
A: Yes. The strongest applications have alignment with more than one of our grantmaking priorities (Outside Matters, Worthy Work, Free to Be). Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is very important across our grantmaking priorities.
A: Funding is considered for higher education programming that is focused on the Outdoor Industry, Fashion/Footwear/Apparel, or Skilled Trades.
A: No. Funding is not considered for individual schools.
A: No. Please focus your application around support for only one program.
A: No. Please apply for no more than one grant per year.
A: All grants are one year in duration.
A: No. Our grantmaking is for one year only.
A: Your organization is eligible to apply for and receive one grant per year.
A: All of our grant partners are required to complete a results report approximately 8 months into the one-year grant term.