Adobe Foundation: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: The Adobe Foundation’s global development grants target economic security and employment, with an emphasis on technology.

IP TAKE: Projects and programs empowering women, girls, and young people seem to top Adobe's list. This isn’t the most accessible of funders, so grantseekers should expect to do a bit of legwork.

PROFILE: The Adobe Foundation was established in 2007 as the charitable arm of software company Adobe Systems Inc. Areas of giving interest include arts and culture, education, food security, housing, human services, and community development.

Unfortunately, the foundation’s website doesn’t offer much information for grantseekers, only that it supports nonprofits that “[h]elp make our communities better, stronger, and more vibrant places to live, work, and do business.” Tax filings reveal more about Adobe’s grantmaking patterns.

In the global development space, the foundation appears to emphasize economic security and employment, with a technology bent. For instance, Adobe has awarded grants to outfits such as Iridescent to support its global tech entrepreneurship program for girls. Other grantees include Girls Who Code and the Global Fund for Women.

The Adobe Foundation awards quite a few grants each year. While most are in the $5,000 to $150,000 range, it isn’t unusual to see a few larger grants of $200,000 to $350,000.

Adobe does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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