Salesforce Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Salesforce Foundation supports a wide variety of visual arts 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.

The foundation does not have a grantmaking specifically dedicated to visual arts; however, it has an established history of related organizations. Examples of past grantees include the Threadhead Cultural Foundation located in New Orleans, Louisiana; and Root Division, a visual arts nonprofit located in San Francisco, California. Click here to learn more about select Salesforce grantees.

Salesforce Foundation grants range from $10,000 to $5 million. The foundation’s visual arts grantmaking is not as abundant as its other areas of grantmaking interest. Grantseekers should expect a good deal of competition for funding when approaching Salesforce.

Salesforce generally accepts full grant proposals by invitation only. Grantseekers are welcome to submit letters of inquiry (LOIs) to Foundation staff reviews LOIs each quarter in February, May, August, and November. Salesforce requests applicants download the following LOI template for submissions.


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