Chevron: Grants for Science Education

OVERVIEW: While not a foundation, the Chevron’s philanthropic giving emphasizes education as a priority, in particular for reform and increasing school standards, professional development, and hands-on learning.

IP TAKE: Chevron is similar to other large corporations giving to STEM in that it prefers to form partnerships with a small number of bold flagship programs. But it does have a couple of mechanisms to support K-12 schools and universities at smaller levels.

PROFILE: Inspired by the widely reported shortage of American graduates prepared for technical jobs, Chevron has committed millions to education, with STEM a major focus. Chevron’s funding involves implementing new standards for STEM K-12 education, professional development for instructors, and informal education that emphasizes hands-on learning.  

While some corporate giving programs give mostly medium-sized grants serving their communities, Chevron tends to find a handful of larger programs they can get behind as branded partnerships. To get a broader sense of what Chevron’s biggest partners are doing, explore its Partners and Programs page.

Chevron also runs a couple of ongoing programs that distribute funding to universities and schools at smaller levels. The University Partnership Program (UPP), for example, is Chevron’s mechanism to provide funding to over 100 individual campuses internationally and in the U.S. Funds go toward financial aid, department and faculty funding, and lab upgrades. For some non-partners, Chevron also offers help to “develop talent in disciplines such as engineering, earth science, finance, information technology and environmental science.”Chevron also has a similar community college program offering technical training.

The company also puts a focus on minority involvement in its higher ed giving, through work at historically black colleges and with minority professional associations including the GoldShirt program at the University of Colorado and the Leadership in Engineering Advancement, Diversity and Retention program at the University of California, Davis.

At the pre-college level, Chevron has a smaller program called Fuel Your School, through which the company donates to public schools one dollar for every purchase of eight gallons or more during the month of October from Texaco and Chevron stations in the communities where it operates. It uses the crowdsourcing vehicleDonorsChoose.org to divvy up the funds in communities in its operating areas. Using the funds raised to provide classroom materials for STEM teachers is a key priority of this program.

Ultimately, aside from the university program and Fuel Your School, corporate giving is fairly roped off.

PEOPLE

  • Meredith Hahn, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Jeannette Ferran Astorga, Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Matt Lonner, Global Social Performance Manager, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility

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