OVERVIEW: The Coca-Cola Foundation focuses its marine conservation funding on supporting organizations that protect watersheds and promote water conservation awareness.
IP TAKE: Cola-Cola supports local, regional, national and global marine conservation organizations.
PROFILE: Founded in 1984, the Coca-Cola Foundation is the “primary philanthropic arm” of the Coca-Cola Company. The foundation commits 1 percent of its annual operating income to its charitable giving, which up until 2007, supported learning both inside and outside of the classroom. In 2007, the foundation expanded its philanthropic reach “to include global water stewardship programs, fitness and nutrition efforts and community recycling programs.” Coca-Cola prioritizes grantmaking to women, water, well-being, and on a smaller scale, the environment.
Water stewardship reflects one of the foundation’s Global Pillars. Concerning marine conservation, Coca-Cola awards water stewardship t0 organizations that protect watersheds in water-stressed regions and promote water conservation awareness within local communities and industries.
The majority of the Coca-Cola Foundation’s grants range from $25,000 to $50,000. Past grantees include the Ocean Conservancy and the Cahaba Rivers Society. For a broader sense of the kind of work the Coca-Cola Foundation supports, explore its list of current grantees.
Applicants must submit requests for funding through the foundation’s online application system. Coca-Cola only considers gives funding for proposals that meet its guidelines and strategic objectives.
- Lisa Borders, Chair