QTS recognizes that a healthy community provides a healthy environment in which to conduct business. As a team-oriented organization whose core values include integrity, character and trust, we place special emphasis on support of family, faith and community volunteerism. We are committed to helping charitable organizations meet the specialized needs of our committees.
The mission of the QTS Community Impact program is to enrich the lives of QTS employees and members of the communities in which we serve by providing dollars, technology, and manpower to benefit local programs and agencies that strive to enhance the care and improvement of human life. This mission will be accomplished by providing financial support, technical resources, and making meaningful volunteer activities available to our employees by giving them the resources and time necessary to actively participate. The focus is on better communities and changed lives.
Organizations desiring support from QTS should have a proven track record of successful service to the human and civic development needs of the target communities. Our philanthropic focus is on programs and projects that strengthen each community and improve life for its citizens and future generations. Resources will be provided to programs and agencies that QTS believes serve the most critical needs of the community and that could realize the greatest benefit from funding, employee volunteerism or technology services, or any combination of the three.
QTS seeks to find and support organizations with the following characteristics:
- A proven track record
- A bold idea that is feasible
- Clear sense of mission and the steps necessary to accomplish that mission
- Strong, committed leadership
- Commitment to, and knowledge of, the population served
- Financial stability
- Professional, dedicated staff
- Respect or standing in the community and significant relationships with other non-profit organizations within the community
- Demonstrate capacity to make effective use of all available resources for support
- Ability to collaborate with other groups providing similar programs or services
- Clearly defined strategy for meeting program goals and have an effective means of evaluating progress toward those goals
Eligible OrganizationsTo be considered, all organizations must be non-profit, tax exempt, established entities which combine sound character and stability. Those entities who qualify for consideration include non-profit charitable organizations classified as a 501(c) (3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, including hospitals, private/public elementary and secondary schools as listed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), institutions of higher education that are fully accredited by the appropriate national accrediting agency, faith-based organizations, and other organizations of a general charitable nature. While it is not possible for every organization that submits a request to receive support, careful consideration will be given to those entities that are in alignment with our company core values and are within the scope of the QTS philanthropic efforts. A negative response to a request does not reflect upon the merits of a proposal or the quality of an organization, but results from the fact that the number of requests received far exceeds the company resources or because a given project does not fall within the company's priorities or areas of involvement.
QTS generally does not accept proposals for the following purposes or program areas:
- For-profit organizations
- Endowments and capital campaigns
- Loans, debt and deficit spending
- Direct grants to individuals including scholarships or fellowships
- Individual day care programs
- Small art, dance, music, and theater groups
- Government agencies or nonprofit organizations significantly funded or reimbursed by government agencies, with the exception of public schools
- Annual fund appeals
- Building maintenance
- Organizations or individuals that distribute propaganda or specifically attempt to influence legislation or the outcome of any public election
- Support for candidates for elective office or for partisan political purposes
- Conferences, workshops, or seminars
- Fraternal organizations or private clubs
- Legal aid
Due to our limited resources, QTS does not make it a practice to provide long-term continuing program support. Each grant is considered to be a one-year investment. We would, however, consider funding renewal requests when evidence of continued strong performance and continued financial need have been demonstrated. Such evidence would include reports received and site visits. After receiving three consecutive annual grants, organizations are typically ineligible for funding for a period of one year. After this interval, organizations may reapply.
Quality Technology Services supports programs that align with our core values, overall mission, and the priority giving focus in the communities where QTS has a presence. Currently, QTS makes resources available in and around the following U.S. communities:
- Atlanta, GA
- Jersey City, NJ
- Miami, FL
- Overland Park, KS
- Richmond, VA
- Santa Clara, CA
- Suwanee, GA
- Washington, DC
The needs of a non-profit agency can be made known to the Director of Community Relations either through a recommendation from a QTS employee or the unsolicited submission of an online application by a non-profit agency. QTS employees should submit their recommendation via email addressed to the Director of Community Relations. Agencies recommended by QTS employees will be invited by the Community Relations office to submit an online application if they fit the criteria as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that meets the eligibility requirements. Agencies requesting funding or technology support may only submit one request in a 12-month period. Requests for volunteer services can be made at any time and will be provided as personnel are available. For those agencies seeking funding, the grant range is from $1,000 to $25,000 over a one-year period. Technology support will be supplied in the form of technical consultation and/or data storage and management. Proposals and requests must be submitted online using the QTS application form. Please note that the application process includes submission of a form W-9. Support materials such as annual reports, pamphlets/brochures, newsletters, articles, etc. should be mailed to the following address:
Director of Community Relations
12851 Foster, Suite 205
Overland Park, KS 66213
QTS assumes that those agencies receiving assistance have a moral and legal obligation to account for all funds and services received. Each recipient of QTS financial or technical support is required to submit a formal report no later than one year following the date of the receipt of such support. Click here to access the report form.