Tellabs Foundation mission:

To advance specific, strategic endeavors in communities where Tellabs employees live and work. We aim to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations by supporting sustainable initiatives, primarily in education, health and the environment.

Generally, the Foundation prefers to fund specific programs rather than general operating requests. Grant awards typically exceed $10,000. The three priority funding areas include:

  • Education — support local and national education initiatives, with a focus on engineering, science, mathematics and technology.
  • Health — improve health through research, education and treatment, primarily working with hospitals and health care facilities.
  • Environment — encourage understanding and protection of the environment, with a focus on environmental education, land and water protection and waste reduction.

Funding restrictions

The Foundation generally will NOT consider requests from:

  • Organizations which do not have an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity or equivalent status
  • Political organizations or parties, candidates for political office, and organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
  • Labor unions or organizations
  • Local athletic or sports programs
  • Service organizations raising money for community purposes
  • Individuals
  • Organizations not operating for the benefit of the general public
  • Any grantee who receives funds of $50,000 or more shall not be entitled to submit another grant proposal for three years from the date of grant

The Foundation generally will NOT award gifts for the following:

  • Travel funds for tours, expeditions, or trips by individuals or groups
  • Dues or gifts to national or local alumni groups, clubs or fraternities
  • Institutional memberships or subscription fees for publications
  • Gifts to individual churches, synagogues or other entities organized exclusively for religious purposes
  • Donations for benefit events, raffle tickets or fundraising efforts that involve value returned to the donor
  • Tellabs equipment

About the Tellabs Foundation

Tellabs Inc. established the Tellabs Foundation in 1997 as part of its commitment to give back to the communities where Tellabs employees live and work. The Tellabs Foundation is a not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

About Tellabs

Tellabs innovates to deliver the mobile Internet and help our customers succeed. That's why 80% of the top global communications service providers choose our mobile, optical, business and services solutions. We help them get ahead by adding revenue, reducing expenses and optimizing networks. Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB) is part of the NASDAQ Global Select Market, Ocean Tomo 300™ Patent Index, the S&P MidCap 400 and several corporate responsibility indexes, including the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index, FTSE4Good and eight FTSE KLD indexes.

Letter of inquiry

Unless invited by the Foundation Board to submit a full grant proposal, all applicants must first submit a letter of inquiry. Not to exceed two pages in length, the letter should:

  • Briefly describe the program and how it advances the Tellabs Foundation's mission
  • Request a specific grant amount, detail the use of funds and estimate total program cost
  • Explain program outcomes and potential long-term impact of the program
  • Identify the people and communities (where Tellabs employees live and work) that will benefit from this program
  • Name any collaborative partners and/or Tellabs employees involved with the program
  • Describe any recognition associated with grants to the program
  • Include a contact person with phone number, mailing and email addresses
  • Attach the requesting organization's 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter.

Grant proposal

Applicants must be invited by the Foundation Board to send a full proposal. Please include:

  • Cover Letter (one page)
    • Brief description of organization and proposed program
    • Requested amount and how grant funds will be used within program
    • Contact name, phone number, mailing and email addresses
  • Narrative (no more than three pages)
    • History and mission of the organization
    • Population(s) served by the organization and the proposed program
    • Description of proposed program and its goals and objectives
    • Collaborative opportunities with other community-based organizations
    • Achievements and activities of the organization in the past year
    • Evaluation plan for proposed program.
  • Proposal attachments
    • Program budget detail (show other sources of funding and the amount requested from the Foundation)
    • Overall organization budget detail
    • Most recent audited financial statement
    • Current list of board members
    • Copy of the organization's IRS exemption letter
    • Any other relevant supporting materials.

Letters of inquiry and proposals will not be accepted via fax or email. Please mail all requests to: Tellabs Foundation, 1415 W. Diehl Road, Mail Stop 10, Naperville, IL 60563.

When to apply

Board meetings usually occur in January, April, July and October. At each meeting, the board will consider all letters of inquiry received by the first day of that month. If the board invites a full proposal for consideration, submit the proposal by the first day of the month of the next board meeting. Dates may be subject to change.

Please direct any questions about these guidelines to Mary McShane, Executive Director, at +1.630.798.2506 or

Rev. 07/13