Invested in our world

We’re committed to being a responsible corporate citizen around the world. Our philanthropic contributions help improve lives and strengthen global and local communities. To make sure our philanthropic resources are most impactful, Visa has developed a series of focus areas for our charitable giving.

Partnerships

Financial inclusion & literacy

Visa is committed to advancing financial inclusion for the world’s 2.5 billion unbanked adults, including through the strategic use of our philanthropic resources to support non-governmental organization programs and initiatives. We focus our giving to address obstacles and accelerate progress toward full financial inclusion, including: research, product design and delivery, agent banking, tipping point payments and women's empowerment through inclusion.

Visa also believes in the critical importance of financial literacy. We fund programs in more than 30 countries to help consumers understand how to spend, save and budget responsibly. Visa develops and implements locally-customized financial literacy programs and works with partners to serve as delivery channels for our high-quality, compelling content and programs.

Humanitarian relief

Visa has a longstanding commitment to helping people affected by major natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In these difficult times, we work with our humanitarian response partners to direct funds to the people and places in greatest need.

Community support

Visa believes in the importance of encouraging and enabling employee involvement in our communities. We operate a global matching gift program that provides a Visa match to support employees’ personal charitable contributions up to US$5,000 each year. Visa also offers a global employee volunteer program that supports and encourages the volunteer involvement of our employees in their communities. Beyond these focus areas, Visa also contributes to strengthen the communities where our business operates and our employees live and work.

How we operate

Visa operates our corporate giving activities with the highest levels of governance, ethics and compliance.

  • We pursue strategic focus areas to ensure the best use of our resources
  • We operate with strong governance over our strategy and individual philanthropic investments
  • We manage any real or perceived conflicts of interest when considering philanthropic investments
  • We conduct our giving in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and Visa policies
  • We are transparent in our criteria, decision-making, and reporting for charitable giving

Our strategy and individual contributions are overseen by the Visa Charitable Contributions Committee, consisting of four Visa senior executives and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Visa Inc. Board of Directors.

Who can apply

In the U.S., only qualified organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “IRC”), are eligible to receive charitable contributions. Certain publicly and privately funded U.S. schools, colleges and universities also may be permissible recipients as qualified Section 501(c)(3) organizations, if they are accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or state department of education.

Outside of the U.S., only organizations determined to be the equivalent of a U.S. organization qualifying under IRC Section 501(c)(3) are eligible to receive charitable contributions under the Policy. Certain publicly and privately funded schools, colleges and universities also may be permissible recipients, if they are accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. All such organizations must meet relevant legal and regulatory requirements, including but not limited to those pertaining to charitable equivalency, national security, and anti-corruption.

Restrictions

Visa does not make contributions to:

  • Political parties or candidates, political organizations, lobbying groups or individuals, except where authorized under and made in strict compliance with applicable jurisdictional campaign finance laws and regulations
  • Religious organizations, churches, seminaries, theological institutions and Bible colleges, unless the donation is designated for ongoing non-secular community service programs open to all persons, and which do not propagate belief in any specific faith as a requirement for receiving services
  • Organizations that do not comply with Visa's non-discrimination policies

How to apply

Visa currently does not accept unsolicited requests and/or proposals for charitable funding. Requests for support are received by invitation only. If you believe your organization’s programs align strongly with the thematic and geographic focus areas above and we should learn more about you, please send a brief introductory email to Visa Philanthropy (responsibility@visa.com) detailing how your programs align with our focus areas. No response is guaranteed. If we are interested in learning more about your organization, Visa will be in contact.