Powering the Possible is Dell's commitment to put technology and expertise to work, where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Dell Powering the Possible focuses on four areas of giving including learning, children’s cancer care, disaster relief and social entrepreneurship. Dell Powering the Possible is designed to give others the power to do more through a combination of Dell technology and solutions, resources and know-how.

Dell believes that access to education and technology is not a luxury, but a necessity. That’s why we work directly with communities and nonprofit organizations around the world to close the learning gap and give young people the power to discover better possibilities.

Our initiatives to support learning empower youth by providing access to Dell technology and providing training in information and communications technology skills — all focused on improving, enhancing and jump-starting learning for life. By placing state-of-the-art technology into underserved communities and working with nonprofit organizations our action helps young people discover new possibilities, change their lives and unleash their true potential.

Consideration process

Thank you for your interest in becoming a partner with Dell. Our application process for 2013 has closed.

For future consideration, we ask that all proposals be submitted through our online process at www.dell.com/sponsorships. This ensures your proposal reaches the appropriate teams for review and we respond with a decision in a timely manner.

To see an overview of our youth learning partners, please visit www.dell.com/youthlearningpartners


The following criteria will be considered in the selection of a learning partner:

  • Program funding and all funding, and/or in-kind contributions must be for direct programs (see exclusion list below). There is no minimum request and the maximum request is for $50,000.
  • Only qualified registered 501(c)3 public charities or international equivalent with high-quality programs and services, well-defined goals, financial stability, a strong model of assessing and determining impact, technology savvy, innovation, educational leadership, a proven record of maximizing available resources and a reputation for reporting outstanding success metrics.
  • Organizations are required to complete and submit the attached application and additional requirements in full by the designated deadline per published guidelines.
  • Program need to serve one of the following Dell workforce communities: Communities with a significant Dell presence include (as of 2013): Atlanta, Ga.; Buffalo Grove/Peoria, Ill.; Austin/Round Rock, Tex.; Quincy/Wellesley, MA; Dearborn, Michigan; Eden Prairie/Edina, Minn.; Lincoln, Neb.; Nashua, N.H.; Nashville, Tenn.; Plano/North Texas, Tex; Providence, RI; Oklahoma City; Fairfax/Reston, Va.; San Jose/Alison Viejo/Silicon Valley, Calif. Note: Any organization from any community may apply but will need to demonstrate a strong commitment and success regarding employee engagement.
  • Programs must focus on an underserved population as at least 70 percent of their total population. An underserved population refers to populations which are disadvantaged because of ability to pay or other disparities for reasons of race, culture, disability, language group, gender or social status.
  • Programs must serve the most needy. Most needy may vary by region, but is typically defined by the poorest of an underserved population.
  • Programs should demonstrate a capability to be sustained if/when grant support ends.
  • Organization must provide programs and services to youth up to 23 years of age as at least 70 percent of their total program population or focus on teacher training to affect youth of which 70 percent or more are 23 and younger.
  • Program must exclusively leverage Dell technology, services and/or technology solutions or Dell Next Generation Learning solutions including, but not limited to, instructional technology (Connected Classroom), professional learning, Education Data Management, Mobile Learning, Efficient IT planning, Assistive Technology solutions and more.
  • Strong consideration will be given for programs that include Dell’s Latitude 10.1 tablet.
  • Strong consideration will be given to organizations that demonstrate employee engagement. Organization’s program must be in an urban area near significant Dell population for employee engagement. Near is generally defined as it takes a Dell team member approximately an hour or less to travel to volunteer location or can participate in volunteering through virtual opportunities.

Grant Requirements
  • Funding requests cannot exceed 20 percent of an organization's total annual operating budget.
  • Grants must remain under the financial control of the applying organization and not be regranted in any way to another charitable or for-profit organization, or to individuals.
  • These are single-year partnership grants for August 2013 through July 2014 academic school year and require two reports (midyear and final) that measure success to objectives. The format for the reporting will include a narrative, budget and outcomes scorecard. Your agency will be required to report qualitative and quantitative program metrics.
  • Selected recipients are required to assign an English-speaking program manager to work with the Dell Strategic Giving manager.
  • Charities must be willing to sign a legal logo license, grant agreement, affirmations and declarations, and participate in regular Dell meetings.
  • All applications and supporting materials must be in English and it is the responsibility of the charity to do so.