Salesforce Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Salesforce Foundation supports colleges, universities, and academic 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.

While the foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to higher education organizations, it has an established history of supporting such colleges, universities, and academic organizations. Examples of past grantees include Babson College, the Ball State University Foundation, and Pennsylvania State University. Click here to learn more about select Salesforce grantees.

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 review LOIs each quarter in February, May, August, and November. Salesforce requests applicants download the following LOI template for submissions.


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