OVERVIEW: The Gap Foundation seeks organizations that help change the lives of girls and women around the world through skills-building, technical training, and healthcare.
IP TAKE: This funder heavily champions local and community-based organizations.
PROFILE: The Gap Foundation is the philanthropic are of Gap, Inc., which owns apparel brands such as Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix, and Gap. The foundation’s slogan is “[b]e what’s possible,” and “[b]elieves that businesses and communities need to work together to thrive.” As a result, its grantmaking focuses broadly on making “[t]he biggest difference by advancing women, teens, and young adults, and supporting volunteers.” Gap’s focus areas include youth, women, and volunteers. The foundation also awards grants to disaster response and relief organizations.
The Gap Foundation predominately conducts women-related grantmaking through its Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program. The program aims to reach 1 million women and girls by the end of 2020. Grants focus on supporting the women who make Gap Inc. clothing through programs in health, life skills training, and technical skills training.
In addition to its P.A.C.E program grantmaking, the foundation invests in organizations such as the Women Win Foundation, Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio, and local chapters of Dress for Success. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000, and on occasion range from $25,000. To learn more about select Gap grantees, explore its grants list.
The Gap Foundation accepts unsolicited requests for funding in the form of a written letter containing general information. Funding requests should be sent to: The Gap Foundation, 2 Folsom Street, 15th Floor, San Francisco, California 94105.
- David Hayer, President, Gap Foundation and Senior Vice President Global Sustainability, Gap Inc.
- Lexie Fisher George, Gap Foundation and Global Sustainability Board Member
- Sam Fisher, Gap Foundation and Global Sustainability Board Member