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Salesforce.org’s 2015 Force for Change Grants Program

By Eric Barela July 8, 2015

Force for Change GrantThe Salesforce.org is on a mission to leverage Salesforce’s products, equity and time to improve communities around the world. We call this integrated philanthropic approach the 1-1-1 model because we’ve committed 1% of Salesforce’s world-class technology, 1% of our founding equity and 1% of our employees’ time to help maximize the impact of higher education and nonprofit organizations that are changing the world.

In support of this vision, we’re excited to announce the 2015 Force for Change Grants Program. This program strives to accelerate social impact in the nonprofit and higher education sectors by funding our global user community’s most innovative ideas and shepherding their success.

The 2015 Force for Change grants program will provide up to $1,000,000 USD in grants, with individual awards up to $200,000 USD. The program is open to nonprofits and nonprofit higher education institutions (public and private) from around the world that are focused on using technology in innovative, forward-thinking ways that will have a meaningful social impact.

If you are one of these amazing nonprofits or nonprofit higher education institutions (public and private) using technology in innovative ways, we want to hear from you!

For more information on the Force for Change grants program, including profiles of previous grantees, please visit our website: salesforcefoundation.org/force-for-change.

The Salesforce.org is hosting an open call for Expression of Interest submissions until July 10, 2015. To submit your Expression of Interest, please complete our Force for Change expression of interest template. For questions, please visit the Force for Change Grants Program Chatter group on the Power of US Hub. All submissions for Force for Change grants must be submitted through the Expression of Interest template.

Within the template, we ask you to describe:

  • The social issue your organization is addressing,
  • How your organization is addressing this issue,
  • How your organization proposes using technology in an innovative way to address this issue,
  • How your organization would use a Force for Change grant to complete this project, and
  • What accelerated social impact would be achieved if awarded a Force for Change grant.

By mid-August, Salesforce.org staff will select a limited number of candidates and request comprehensive written proposals. From there, a subset of finalists will be selected and invited to present their proposed projects in November before a review committee composed of Foundation staff, Salesforce employees and external advisors that will evaluate the proposed projects. Grant recipients will be notified in early December.

We hope to hear how your organization is using technology to help change the world!