Effective October 1, 2012, QUALCOMM Incorporated completed a corporate reorganization in which the assets of certain of its businesses and groups, as well as the stock of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, were contributed to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Learn more about these changes

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Qualcomm Incorporated and the Qualcomm Foundation are not only committed to being good citizens, but also to being good neighbors in the communities we call home. We contribute as a charitable foundation and as a corporation, and we participate in ways that touch people's lives on a personal level.


The philanthropic endeavors of the Qualcomm Foundation and Qualcomm Incorporated develop and strengthen communities worldwide. We invest our human and financial resources in inspirational, innovative programs that serve diverse populations.

Specifically, we aim to create educated, healthy, sustainable, culturally vibrant communities. We also support employees’ commitment to our global communities through various programs including our volunteerisminitiatives and Matching Grant and Community Service Grant programs.

We focus our philanthropy primarily in geographic regions where we have a business presence.

  • Educated communities: We are committed to improving science, technology, engineering and math education for students during their primary, secondary, and higher education years, and to expanding educational opportunities for under-represented students.
  • Healthy, sustainable communities: We strive to better the lives of underserved populations by providing basic human needs, with a focus on enhancing the welfare of children. We are also committed to protecting and enhancing our global environment.
  • Culturally vibrant communities: Through our support of arts education and outreach programs, we help young people develop innovative minds and expand cultural enrichment opportunities to in-need populations.


Our nonprofit partners are invited annually to submit proposals. Nonprofit organizations with which we do not yet partner are able to apply for funding via our Letter of Inquiry.

Invitation Only

The Qualcomm Foundation, Qualcomm Incorporated, and our 25 regional employee giving committees around the globe select our nonprofit partners. Throughout the year, we directly contact and invite these partners to submit grant proposals.

If your organization has been previously funded by the Qualcomm Foundation or Qualcomm Incorporated, but has not been invited to submit a proposal by June 1, please feel welcome to complete our online Letter of Inquiry form.

Letter of Inquiry

U.S. IRS 501c3 public charities may request philanthropic funding via our online Letter of Inquiry.

  • Between June 1 and June 30: we accept inquiries from 501c3 nonprofit organizations via our online Letter of Inquiry form only. Please visit this webpage between those dates to apply via our online form.
  • By October 1: we will review each letter of inquiry and invite organizations to submit a grant proposal if we are interested.
  • Any organization not invited to submit a proposal by October 1 has not been selected to move forward in the grant request process.
  • Please do not submit a funding request in any format other than our Letter of Inquiry online form. Funding requests submitted outside of our process will not be considered.
  • Please do not submit a proposal unless invited to do so. Unsolicited proposals will not be considered.
  • Due to the volume of requests, we unfortunately are unable respond to requests for information or the status of a submission.

Exclusions and Restrictions

Qualcomm Foundation and Qualcomm Incorporated are restricted from providing charitable grants to:

  • US-based organizations without Internal Revenue Service 501c3 nonprofit status
  • Individuals
  • Sporting events without a charitable beneficiary
  • Sectarian or denominational religious groups
  • Faith-based schools unless the school accepts students from all religious and non-religious backgrounds and the students are not required to adhere to or convert to any religious doctrine.
  • Faith-based organizations unless the programs are broadly promoted and the program's beneficiaries are not encouraged or required to learn about, adhere, or convert to any religious doctrine.
  • Organizations that advocate, support, or practice activities inconsistent with Qualcomm’s non-discrimination policies, whether based on race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, age, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy, medical condition, marital status, or other basis protected by law.
  • Primary and secondary schools. Note, these entities may be eligible for employee matching grants as long as they are not deemed ineligible by other exclusions and restrictions
  • Political contributions

The Qualcomm Foundation and Qualcomm Incorporated do not accept unsolicited charitable funding requests or proposals. Unsolicited proposals and Letters of Inquiry outside of our process will not be considered.