Salesforce Foundation: Grants for STEM Education

OVERVIEW: The Salesforce Foundation supports colleges, universities, and academic organizations.

IP TAKE: This corporate funder provides both project specific and general operating support grants.

PROFILE: Marc Benioff founded the Salesforce Foundation in 2002, but its roots date further back. In 1999, when Salesforce founder Marc Benioff established the company’s 1-1-1 philanthropic model, the foundation sought to increase its charitable dedications through 1% of the Salesforce’s equity, 1% of its product, and 1% of the employees’ time. Benioff rebranded the 1-1-1 model as the Salesforce Foundation in 2002. The foundation’s current grantmaking programs include Education & STEM, Youth Workforce Development, Force for Change, and Employee Inspired Giving.

While the foundation does not have a dedicated higher education grantmaking program, it has an established history of supporting such colleges, universities, and academic organizations. Indeed, it conducts such grantmaking through its Education & STEM program, which “supports and promotes innovative, scalable solutions in education and STEM programs with a focus on computer science and increasing exposure of underrepresented groups and girls.” It also funds institutions of higher learning through its Youth Workforce Development program, which aims to “provide paid work experience focusing on 21st century skills” and “help people aged 14-24, especially girls and opportunity youth, gain work experience.”

Salesforce Foundation grants can range anywhere from $10,000 to $5 million. Past grantees include include Babson College, the Ball State University Foundation, and Pennsylvania State University. Interested grantseekers should review the Funding Guidelines and check the website regularly for news. Keep in mind that Salesforce prioritizes organizations in locations where their employees live and work.

The organization generally accepts full grant proposals by invitation only, except when they release open calls for proposals. Interested grantseekers should review the Funding Guidelines and check the website regularly for news.

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