OVERVIEW: The Andeavor Foundation, formerly known as the Tesoro Foundation, is a corporate funder that 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 is really on this funder’s radar is San Antonio, but STEM education giving is big here.
PROFILE: Based in San Antonio, Texas, Tesoro was a Fortune 100 company and an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. The company was founded in 1968, and it had a corporate giving structure that supports the communities it's connected to. Tesoro and its employees supported nonprofit organizations through foundation grants, corporate contributions and sponsorships, workplace giving, and volunteerism. Tesoro is now Andeavor, and the Andeavor Foundation has picked up where Tesoro left off with grantmaking. Funding areas of interest are STEM education, public safety, and environmental conservation and sustainability.
The bulk of this funder’s philanthropic investments have been directed toward STEM education. This includes programs to prepare middle school, high school, and career/technical education students for STEM careers. 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 the company operates. Preference goes to projects and groups that help communities face disasters and emergencies through preparation, risk mitigation, and response capability. 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. In addition to the funder’s three main areas of interest and to a lesser degree, the funder also provides support to community-based organizations to address local health and social service needs.
Foundation grants are often a few thousand dollars each. The funder does not have an online grants database. In the Southwest, the San Antonio area continues to be a priority. Other geographic areas of interest are Anacortes, Washington; Kenai, Alaska; Los Angeles and Martinez, California; Mandan, North Dakota; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
To apply for a grant, submit an application 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, the company also provides matching gifts, volunteers, and scholarship programs. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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