Salesforce Foundation: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: The Salesforce Foundation mainly supports local theaters and related 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’s current grantmaking priorities are Education & STEM, Youth Workforce Development, Technology Innovation, and Employee Inspired Giving.

Salesforce Foundation grants can range anywhere from $10,000 to $5 million. Although the foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to theater, it has an established history of supporting such organizations. Examples of past grantees include the American Conservatory Theater and Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre of Indianapolis. Saleforce’s theater related giving is not as abundant as its other areas of grantmaking interest. Grantseekers should expect a high level of competition for funding. Click here to learn more about select Salesforce grantees.

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


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