GGB logoLENEXA, Kan. – April 12, 2017 – Grantham University, is built on a foundation of serving students and the community – globally and in the Kansas City metropolitan area. As part of the university’s overall Grantham Gives Back initiative, Grantham employees, also called Life Changers, are committed to providing funding in the form of quarterly grants to 501c3 non-profit organizations focused on serving veterans and the military, first responders, education, career development and the environment. The university, on behalf of its employees, will award two community grants of up to $3,000 each, twice per year.

All employees are given eight hours of paid volunteer leave to donate to a charity of their choosing and have the opportunity to give back to non-profit organizations through team and individual volunteer grants. Life Changers that volunteer eight hours to a 501c3 non-profit may apply for grants on behalf of the organization.

“Grantham’s focus on giving back to our communities is shown through the hundreds of volunteer hours our employees serve, the thousands of dollars they donate to non-profit organizations and their overall giving spirit,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, interim university president and provost. “We are excited to launch these grant programs as one more way to give back and change our communities for the better.

For more information about the Grantham Gives Back Fund opportunity for your non-profit organization, check out these guidelines. If your organization is in need of volunteer help, please contact Grantham University at

About Grantham University: Grantham University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a World War II veteran with a vision to make education achievable for military service members and veterans. Over the past 66 years, Grantham’s commitment to serving those who serve with affordable, accessible higher education has evolved into a culture of service that extends to all adult learners, as well as those in need. The university’s ability to help students achieve their dreams through education is enabled by its unique approach and devotion to comprehensive student support, and its continuous advancement in line with changing technologies.

Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university. The 100 percent online university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate certificates and degree programs, and serves a global student population of more than 14,000 annually.