Force for Change Grants
- Go to PowerOfUs.SalesforceFoundation.org and enter your existing username and password.
- Click on the Chatter tab, select the Groups link, and search for the group called Force for Change Grants Program
Salesforce.org is pleased to announce the 2016 Force for Change Grantees.
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) works in partnership with governments, civil society, school leaders, academic institutions, teachers, parents, and students to develop and scale community-driven, affordable, innovative solutions that raise the quality and accessibility of public school systems for marginalized children, worldwide. The grant will be used to build PROMISE3 – a new Program Management Information System in Education for Everyone, Everywhere. This will offer the global education and development community a robust, online, mobile-friendly one-stop-shop for tracking selected indicators of educational access, quality, equity, and equality across multiple geographies developed by and for local, national and international education decision-makers.
Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA) is a student-centered, trauma-sensitive, competency based high school in Boston, Massachusetts providing education and emotional support services for the city’s most at-risk high school students. BDEA will build a customized student data management system that provides a comprehensive profile of the whole student, including different risk factors and interventions, and will have appropriate security and access points for students, teachers and parents. As BDEA scales and shares their system to other schools, there will be a national effort among the network of schools to study and develop alternative accountability measures.
College Forward is an Austin-based nonprofit whose intensive mentoring programs propel students from underserved backgrounds to collegiate success and remunerative careers. College Forward’s grant will help build an open-source, mobile application that connects students with other students to create productive mentoring relationships resulting in increased graduation rates.
Maryville University is a national university offering a comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes and success. Maryville will use its grant to produce an open-sourced application for admissions and test a proof-of-concept with higher education community leaders, students, and/or prospective students.
MyAgro is a nonprofit social enterprise that enables smallholder farmers to use their mobile phones to pay on layaway for high quality seeds, fertilizer and agricultural training. Through this grant, Change, MyAgro will enhance its mobile layaway program, a mobile-first platform built on Salesforce, and will be poised to scale to 1 million smallholder farmers by 2025, increasing their income by at least $1.50/per day to move them out of poverty.
Teach for America, a member of the AmeriCorps national service network, recruits, develops, and supports a diverse network of leaders who fight to transform the academic and life trajectories of low-income students from inside and outside of the classroom. This grant will allow Teach for America to design an application that leverages artificial intelligence advancements to enable new ways to find, qualify and engage the next generation of leaders, while providing a scalable platform for other organizations seeking to drive member or prospect engagement at scale.
University of Miami is a private research university focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond. University of Miami will develop a guide and configurable components on how to use Salesforce to drive a connected campus experience with a focus on student recruitment. This effort will increase the number of institutions contributing to community driven technology by proposing improvements to the HEDA managed package.
Salesforce.org is pleased to announce the 2015 Force for Change Grantees.
BOMA Project (US/Kenya) implements a high-impact poverty graduation program for ultra-poor women in Africa’s drought-ridden arid lands. BOMA Project’s grant will be used to create a poverty graduation app that will be field tested with women in semi-arid Africa.
Grameen Foundation (US) has a mission to help the world’s poorest people reach their full potential, connecting their determination and skills to the resources they need. This grant will allow Grameen Foundation to build out its mSourcing tool, an app that connects small farmers directly to the marketplace in Latin America via a forecasting tool, supply side modules and a sourcing system.
Homeless Link (UK) is the national membership organization for homelessness services in England. Its members provide homelessness services such as hostels, supported housing, day centers, outreach and employment projects for those in need. Homeless Link will use its grant to further develop StreetLink, an app designed for the public to identify rough sleepers (individuals sleeping on the streets) and connect them to the services they need.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (US) is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization, providing valuable resources and empowering veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community. IAVA’s grant will be used to build out a leadership development module and events tool for myIAVA, an online community for veterans and expand the number of veterans using the platform.
Japan Association for the World Food Programme (Japan) is the Japanese arm of the United Nations’ World Food Programme, the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Its mission is to ensure that every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy lifestyle. JAWFP’s grant will go toward the creation of a mobile donation app, which would be the first such app built and maintained by an NGO in Japan.
Legal Aid Justice Center (US) provides legal representation for low-income individuals by providing a full range of services. The organization also addresses the root causes of injustice and exploitation that keep its clients in poverty through organizing, education and advocacy. LAJC’s grant will be used to continue development of JusticeServer 2.0, a combined case management system and portal for legal aid organizations to use to connect pro bono attorneys to low-income individuals and families.
Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (Australia) is Australia’s first center dedicated to researching Autism Spectrum Disorders. It provides a vehicle for research activities, evidence-based intervention programs, training opportunities and collaboration between community services and research centers/universities both in Australia and overseas. The grant will further the development of TalentMark, a digital employment hub for Autism Spectrum Disorder job seekers, employers and supporters within the sector.
Polaris (US) is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery by systematically disrupting the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and freedom. Polaris’ grant will be used to build an API for data sharing across the anti-human trafficking sector, which will be piloted with the International Organization for Migration and the International Labour Organization.