OVERVIEW: The Coca-Cola Foundation focuses its gender equity grants on women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship.
IP TAKE: Cola-Cola supports local, regional, national and global organizations advancing gender equality.
PROFILE: Founded in 1984, the Coca-Cola Foundation is the “primary philanthropic arm” of the Coca-Cola Company. The foundation commits 1 percent of its annual operating income to its charitable giving, which, up until 2007, supported learning both inside and outside of the classroom. That year, the foundation expanded its philanthropic reach “to include global water stewardship programs, fitness and nutrition efforts and community recycling programs.”
Now, the foundation’s priority areas are women, water and well-being. In the United States, Coca-Cola also supports natural disaster response and recovery efforts, community economic development, and arts and culture programs. In Africa and Latin America, the foundation expands its giving priorities to include support for HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs.
The majority of the Coca-Cola Foundation’s grants range from $25,000 to $50,000. Past grantees include the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, which received support for its Pathway to Success Program, and Covenant House Georgia, which received a grant for its Safe Start for Women outreach programs.
For a broader sense of the kind of work the Coca-Cola Foundation supports, explore its list of current grantees.
Applicants must submit requests for funding through the foundation’s online application system. Coca-Cola only funds proposals that meet its guidelines and strategic objectives.
- Lisa Borders, Chair