OVERVIEW: While not a foundation, the Chevron Corporation’s philanthropy prioritizes education, particularly school standards reform, professional development, and hands-on learning.
IP TAKE: Chevron’s STEM funding is similar to other large corporations in that it prefers to form partnerships with a small number of bold flagship programs. However, it features a few programs that support K-12 schools and universities at smaller levels.
PROFILE: Inspired by the widely reported shortage of American graduates prepared for technical jobs, Chevron commits millions to education, STEM education in particular. Chevron’s funding prioritizes new standards implementation for STEM K-12 education, professional development for instructors, and informal education that emphasizes hands-on learning.
While some corporate grantmaking programs mostly support their communities through medium-sized grants, Chevron prefers larger programs they can fund as branded partnerships. New grantseekers can explore Chevron’s Partners and Programs page to get a broader sense of what its biggest partners are doing.
Chevron also funds several ongoing programs that support universities and schools at smaller levels. The University Partnership Program (UPP), for example, funds 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 funding to “develop talent in disciplines such as engineering, earth science, finance, information technology and environmental science.” Chevron additionally offers technical training through a similar community college program.
The corporation’s grantmaking prioritizes minority involvement through its work at historically black colleges and its partnerships 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. Chevron uses the crowdsourcing site DonorsChoose.org to distribute the funds in its local communities. The program uses the funds raised to provide classroom materials for STEM teachers.
Ultimately, aside from the university program and Fuel Your School, corporate giving is fairly selective.
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