Salesforce Foundation: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The Salesforce Foundation supports both local and national animal and wildlife 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.

While the foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program devoted to animal and wildlife organizations, Salesforce has an established history of investing in animal welfare. Examples of past grantees include the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Audubon Society of Portland, and the Austin Animal Center. Salesforce’s animal and wildlife grantmaking is not as prolific as its other areas of interest.

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