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 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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