The Walt Disney Company aspires to be the most admired company in the world, equally admired for the integrity of our people and the way we behave as citizens of the world as we are for the quality of our exceptional entertainment experiences.
Disney will build on our philanthropic legacy with programs that share our resources and talents to make lasting, positive change in communities and promote the happiness and well-being of kids and families
Due to the overwhelming number of requests Disney receives, these guidelines are meant to assist organizations in understanding the company’s charitable priorities. Generally, Disney does not consider unsolicited requests for financial support. Requests for U.S. theme park tickets may be considered if the request meets certain criteria. Please see section entitled "Additional Requirements for Park Tickets" below for more information.Grants and financial support are focused on three areas:
i) Children’s Hospitals: Bring hope and happiness to kids and families during their hospital stay (in areas where we do business).
ii) Disney Wishes: Create experiences that provide hope, strength and joy to kids faced with illness.
iii) Disaster Preparedness and Relief: Help kids and families prepare for disasters and provide support to communities impacted by disasters.
iv) Military Families: Provide support to organizations that create opportunities for and provide comfort to military personnel and veterans and their families, especially returning veterans.
v) Healthy Kids: Promote healthy lifestyles for kids and families through nutrition and physical activity.
2) Conservation: Disney seeks to conserve nature for future generations and help kids develop life-long conservation values through nature exploration.
What We Fund
i) Protecting the Planet: Collaborate with communities around the world to serve as stewards of vulnerable ecosystems.
ii) Supporting Grassroots Conservation: Work with communities and organizations to protect the planet.
iii) Connecting Kids to Nature: Provide opportunities for discovery and exploration of nature that build lifelong conservation values
iv) Emergency Funding: Provide relief in response to urgent environmental or conservation needs.
3) Creativity: Disney seeks to harness the power of creativity and imagination to improve the lives of kids and the communities they live in and allow them to create the future they imagine.
What We Fund
i) Imagination: Promote multidisciplinary approaches to hands-on learning after school.
ii) Storytelling: Support efforts to foster storytelling.
iii) Play: Bring play to underserved communities and incorporate play into after-school programs.
iv) Thought Leadership: Support research that advances the understanding and measurement of creativity in kids and families.
The Walt Disney Company will consider organizations meeting the following eligibility criteria. Generally, Disney does not consider unsolicited requests for financial support.
The Walt Disney Company receives many more requests than it can support. When a request is denied, it does not imply that the applicant’s program is not vital or valued. It may be that the request does not fall within our giving guidelines or three focus areas, or that all charitable funds for the year have been allocated.
As a standard practice, The Walt Disney Company does not support and considers ineligible:
Generally Ineligible Requests
When evaluating requests, The Walt Disney Company will generally not support the following:
- Unsolicited proposals
- Dinners, conferences, seminars and workshops
- Capital campaigns
- Recreational, sporting or athletic associations
- Private foundations
- Underwriting for program sponsorship
- Multi-year commitments
- Publications, films or television programs
- Campaigns to eliminate or control specific diseases
The Walt Disney Company reserves the right (in its sole discretion) to change, suspend, revoke or terminate its charitable giving at any time, without advance notice, and to make the final determination of the eligibility of all organizations.
Additional Requirements for Park Tickets in the United States and Canada
Eligible nonprofit organizations (see above) may request U.S. theme park tickets under the Ticket Guidelines below. The majority of approved 501 (c)(3) charitable contribution requests in the U.S. are eligible to be fulfilled once per calendar year with a standard gift of one-day Park Hopper® tickets to be used for fundraising purposes. Due to the popularity of Disney Resorts and Theme Parks, and Disney Cruise Line®, we are not able to offer complimentary hotel or cruise accommodations, travel arrangements, merchandise items, or other forms of donations.
Please refer to Charitable Giving
for additional information.