Tesoro Foundation

OVERVIEW: This corporate funder supports STEM education, public safety, environmental conservation and sustainability in the San Antonio region of Texas, where the company is based.

FUNDING AREAS: STEM education, public safety, environmental conservation and sustainability

IP TAKE: The only place in the Southwest that’s really on Tesoro’s radar is San Antonio, but STEM education giving is big here.

PROFILE: Based in San Antonio, Texas, Tesoro is a Fortune 100 company and an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. The company was founded in 1968, and it has a corporate giving structure that supports the communities it's connected to. Tesoro and its employees support nonprofit organizations through foundation grants, corporate contributions and sponsorships, workplace giving, and volunteerism.

In the Southwest, where Tesoro is based, the San Antonio area is a top priority. Other geographic areas of interest are Anacortes, Washington; Kenai, Alaska; Los Angeles and Martinez, California; Mandan, North Dakota; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Tesoro has three topics of interest: STEM education, public safety, and environmental conservation and sustainability. To a lesser degree, Tesoro also provides support to community-based organizations to address local health and social service needs.

Starting in 2016, about half of Tesoro's philanthropic investments were directed toward STEM education. This includes programs to prepare middle school, high school, and career/technical education students for STEM careers. The STEM Pipeline Project in San Antonio was a big local initiative, in which Tesoro awarded $100,000 grants to the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County and to Communities in Schools of San Antonio to create the project in the Harlandale Independent School District. This is the funding area that often sees the most local support in San Antonio.

Public safety grants provide funding, equipment, and support to first responders, government agencies, and community-based organizations. The goal here is to increase the overall safety of the communities where Tesoro operates. Preference goes to projects and groups that help communities face disasters and emergencies through preparation, risk mitigation, and response capability.

Tesoro's Environmental support goes to government agencies, environmental and community groups, and trade, professional and industry associations. Examples of projects supported include recycling initiatives, clean-ups, educational programs, the construction of nature trails, and environmental research projects.

To apply for a grant in San Antonio, submit a letter of inquiry online. Requests are reviewed on an ongoing basis without deadlines. Large requests may take up to three months to review and require a site visit. In terms of employee engagement, Tesoro also has matching gifts, volunteer, and scholarship programs.

General questions can be directed to the corporate funder at CommunityAffairs@tsocorp.com or via mail at Tesoro Community Affairs, 19100 Ridgewood Parkway, San Antonio, Texas, 78259. Giving updates are occasionally posted on the company’s Recent News page.

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