Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE NIKE’S COMMUNITY IMPACT PRIORITIES?

Nike stands for sport and physical activity. We believe in the power of sport to unleash human potential for all athletes,* especially young athletes.* We are committed to getting kids active early and for life through fun, positive experiences in youth sports and schools.

*If you have a body, you are an athlete.

Some examples of our work include:

  • Active Schools & Youth Sports: Nike supports projects that get kids moving and active all day long – before, during and after school. We know that active kids are happier, healthier and better students. This is why we work closely with communities, schools, governments and partners to transform kids’ experiences with physical activity and create a love of sport. Learn more here.
  • Local Community Impact: Nike employees are passionate, creative and love sport! They also love sharing their passion for moving and sport with the communities where they live, work and play. They are helping to get kids moving in cities all over the world. Learn more here.
  • Accelerating Global Change: As a company, Nike believes in the power of sport and strategic partnerships to be a catalyst for change. We work with others to scale impact, create greater recognition for the value of sport and physical activity and inspire the world to value sport and physical activity. Learn more here.

WHERE DOES NIKE INVEST IN COMMUNITIES?

Nike is committed to creating a positive impact in the communities where we live, work and play. Our work is global and local, with some notable examples in Brasil, China, Europe and the U.S. Together with communities, governments and other partners, we are helping to transform kids’ early experiences with physical activity and sports — before, during and after school. We invest in programs that prioritize youth sports and physical activity and help kids develop active lifestyles.

DOES NIKE HAVE A COMMUNITY IMPACT INVESTMENT GOAL?

Nike is committed to investing 1.5% of pre-tax income to drive positive impact in communities. Our performance against this goal is reported in Nike’s corporate responsibility report. You can find the most recent report here.

DOES NIKE ONLY ENGAGE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OR SPORTS RELATED COMMUNITY INITIATIVES?

Nike’s community impact priorities focus on getting more kids active through early positive experiences with youth sports and schools. We also support local community organizations unrelated to sport and physical activity when it’s the right thing to do. As a company, we support disaster relief and have strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations in other philanthropic areas. Learn more here.

WHAT IS THE NIKE FOUNDATION?

The Nike Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation established by Nike to support charitable and educational initiatives. The Nike Foundation provides grants to charities and non-profit organizations delivering positive change in communities.

HOW CAN I REQUEST A DONATION FROM NIKE?

Nike does not accept unsolicited requests for cash donations directly. Organizations seeking support in the following areas should follow the links provided:

Non-profit organizations in the Portland, OR metro area:
Cash grants for qualifying organizations are available through the Nike Community Impact Fund, formerly known as the Nike Employee Grant Fund. The Nike Community Impact Fund will expand nationally in 2016. Please visit the Oregon Community Foundation for further information.

Non-profit organizations on Native Lands in the U.S. and Canada with a commitment to inspiring and enabling participation in sport for Native American and Aboriginal populations: 
Please visit the N7 Fund to learn more about applying for grants.

Schools in the United States:
There are grant opportunities from leading health and education organizations through Let’s Move! Active Schools.

High schools in the state of Oregon:
High schools eligible to receive support from the Nike School Innovation Fund will be notified when the annual application cycle opens.

Nike only accepts product donation requests via an online application. Nike does not accept hard copy donation requests, emailed donation requests or unsolicited funding proposals.

Non-profit organizations outside of the United States can send product donation requests to consumer.services@nike.com.

HOW CAN I BE SPONSORED BY NIKE?

Nike proactively seeks athletes to endorse the brand. Unsolicited Nike sponsorship requests are not accepted.

WHAT TYPES OF INVESTMENTS DOES NIKE MAKE?

Nike supports communities primarily with the following types of support:

  • Funding is primarily directed to communities and organizations that focus on our strategic priorities. Nike supports specific programs or initiatives and does not generally consider operating support proposals.
  • Product and other in-kind support are also selected to align with the priority areas.

An award from Nike does not guarantee continuing support.

WHAT TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS OR PROJECTS DOES NIKE NOT FUND?

In order to maintain focus and achieve greater impact, Nike will generally not provide charitable support for:

  • Individuals (scholarships, stipends, fellowships, personal assistance)
  • Individual sports team sponsorships
  • For-profit ventures
  • Religious groups for religious purposes
  • Capital campaigns, endowment funds or memorials
  • Individual study, research or travel grants
  • Awards that require Nike and/or its employees to raise monies on behalf or an organization bestowing the award
  • Unsolicited auction product or table sponsorships

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNDING?

General guidelines are as follows:

  • Legal status of recipient organization must be US 501(c)3 or foreign equivalent for organizations outside of the United States.
  • 501(c)3 organizations must be able to provide a copy of their latest 990 and a copy of their IRS determination letter. Organizations outside the United States must be able to provide the equivalent foreign documents.
  • Educational institutions must be accredited or approved by a recognized accrediting agency, a public educational institution or non-profit governmental agency operated under public control.
  • All organizations must provide a list of board members.
  • Faith-based organizations or programs only qualify if they are open to all individuals in the community regardless of religious belief and serve a secular purposes (i.e. food pantry or homeless shelter).
  • Organizations must adhere to Nike’s anti-discrimination policy. They must not discriminate in staff, board, volunteers, volunteer communities or recipients of service on the basis of a person’s sex, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, ethnic group, marital status, military or veteran status or any other class status protected by applicable law.

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?

To learn more about our community impact programs, please click here. To learn how to apply for support, please click here.