Ecolab Foundation was established in 1986 by its corporate namesake, a company that describes itself as a “global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services.” The foundation’s overall giving is approaching the $81 million mark, with a focus on “educational, cultural, environmental, and community development programs that are good for business and good for society.”
Ecolab Foundation’s commitment to women's safety and developing new life opportunities falls within the foundation's Community Grants pot, and more specifically the foundation's focus on Civic & Community Development (one of four focus areas for the foundation).
Speaking of community: Your work opportunity program needs to be based in either the St. Paul, Minnesota area (where Ecolab is headquartered) or in one of the corporation’s 17 regional communities located throughout the U.S.
Recent grantees include the Jeremiah Program (Minneapolis, MN) for $10,000; Family Wise (Minneapolis, MN) for $10,000; the Women's Center of Beaver County (Beaver, PA) for $8,900; the Fort Bend County Women's Center (Richmond, TX) for $3,000; and Shenandoah Womens Center (Martinsburg, WV) for $2,500. The foundation also supports a number of Dress for Success chapters in amounts ranging $1,500 to $5,000.