Salesforce Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Salesforce Foundation supports a wide variety of schools and education organizations at the K-12 level.

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. Although the foundation does not have a grantmaking specifically dedicated to K-12 education, it has an established history of supporting elementary, middle, and high school programs. Past grantees include the Woods Charter School Foundation located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and the Woodbury Elementary Parent Teacher Association located in Woodbury, Minnesota. 

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 grants@salesforce.com. 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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