Salesforce Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Salesforce Foundation seeks organizations improving the representation of women and girls in the technology and STEM sectors.

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 actually date back a bit further. In 1999, when Salesforce founder Marc Benioff established the company’s 1-1-1 philanthropic model, it called for the charitable dedication of 1 percent of the Salesforce’s equity, 1 percent of its product, and 1 percent of the employees’ time. That money, product and time was dedicated to local communities around the world. Benioff rebranded the 1-1-1 model as the Salesforce Foundation in 2002.

The foundation’s current grantmaking programs are Education & STEM, Youth Workforce Development, Technology Innovation, and Employee Inspired Giving. While the foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to girls and women, its Education & STEM and Youth Workforce Development programs address girls and women directly.

Overall, the Education & STEM program seeks to increase “exposure of underrepresented groups and girls,” in education and STEM programs. In 2015, the foundation launched its girls portfolio to “inspire and educate young girls to pursue careers in technology through events, classes, and hands-on experiences.”

The foundation’s Youth Workforce Development Program supports organizations helping young people, “especially girls,” obtain work experience and increase their interest in the technology field. Past Youth Workforce Development program grantees include Year Up, Spark and Genesys Works. Click here to learn more about this program’s grantee.

Salesforce Foundation grants can range anywhere from $10,000 to $5 million.

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.


  • Rob Acker, CEO,
  • Susan DiBianca, President
  • Ebony Freliz, Senior Vice President, Philanthropy and Engagement


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