Force for Change Grants Program

We’re re-evaluating our 2017 Force for Change grants program in order to support more ideas and increase our impact. Stay tuned for more information in 2018.

2016 Grantees

2016 Grantees 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.

2015 Grantees

2015 Grantees 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.

2014 Grantees


Airlink enables humanitarian aid worldwide by connecting nonprofits with airlines willing to donate or discount air transportation. Airlink’s grant enables development of a real-time disaster response application, built on Salesforce1, to more quickly and effectively match sudden and urgent humanitarian need with donated or discounted airline supply.


Cornell University, along with The Higher Education Advisory Council, will use their grant to collaboratively build a higher ed-specific accelerator for Salesforce Communities. The solution will be easy for any school to implement, and will help ensure millions of our future leaders can concentrate on their studies instead of administrative bureaucracy.


Health Leads mobilizes advocates to work with low-income patients to connect them with the existing resource provider landscape within their communities. Their grant will be used to significantly scale Health Lead’s program by packaging its enabling Salesforce application, ClientConnect, so it can be shared with hospitals, clinics and other organizations.

Homeless Link

Homeless Link (UK) is the national membership organization for homelessness services in England. Their charity members run homelessness services such as hostels, supported housing, day centers, outreach and employment projects for homeless people. Homeless Link will use their grant to develop a tiered offering of their successful In-Form client reporting application to enable charities in all categories of their membership to better respond to their needs of their clients.

Hopkins University Force-for-Change

Johns Hopkins University is one of the preeminent research institutions, with a mission of creating knowledge for the world. JHU will utilize its grant to build a Salesforce Communities-based, robust and extensible application to connect brilliant researchers and their ideas together so they can collaboratively solve some of the most complicated global problems.


myAgro (Mali, West Africa) is on a mission to help small-scale farmers get out of poverty, permanently. The objective of their grant is to further develop their platform to support myAgro’s expansion with a vision of signing on partners to replicate and scale the myAgro model through their own rural networks to reach one million farmers in 10 years.


Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. The Skoll Foundation, with the support of, will develop a reporting and outcomes application that enables systematic analysis of portfolio grantees, creating a powerful new channel to measure and communicate their effectiveness.


The Nature Conservancy is the leading international nonprofit conservation organization whose mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Their grant will be used to advance environmental monitoring through hands-free technology. Using Salesforce and Google Glass, the Conservancy will develop the Developer Wearable Starter application to transform how its field scientists monitor and measure bird migrations.

2013 Grantees

North America

mission-asset-fundMission Asset Fund

Mission Asset Fund helps financially excluded communities, particularly low-income and immigrants, become visible, active, successful participants in the U.S. financial mainstream. Through their social lending model, Lending Circles built on Salesforce, they provide needed financial education and social loans to those most in need. Mission Asset Fund’s grant will help scale Lending Circles in order to make social loans more widely available.

polaris-project1Polaris Project

Polaris Project has a vision for a world without slavery. They serve all types of victims through a comprehensive approach including social services, policy advocacy, training and hotlines. Their U.S. national human trafficking hotline, built on Salesforce, has received over 100,000 calls, helped identify more than 11,000 victims, and become one of the largest data sets on human trafficking in the world. Polaris Project received a grant to enable the sharing of their solution, including hotline and mobile communication tools, so that organizations in other countries will have the same technology to efficiently and effectively reach, empower and rescue victims.

ncb-capital-impactNCB Capital Impact

NCB Capital Impact is a leading nonprofit community development financial institution that provides high impact financing to community health clinics, charter schools, housing and social service agencies. They received a grant to enable development of an application called Counselor Keeper. The app will service an industry of thousands of nonprofit housing counseling agencies and certified housing counselors, and significantly improve direction of resources to better assist lower-income households.

construction-junctionConstruction Junction

Construction Junction is one of the largest reuse retailers in the U.S. Their mission is to promote conservation through the reuse of building materials. Rather than ending up as landfill, they are redirecting these materials into new projects. Their grant will fund development and distribution of Reuse Retail, an innovative solution to manage core operational functions including tracking, managing and selling donated inventory in a retail environment.

grameen-foundation11Grameen Foundation

Grameen Foundation has a mission to help the world’s poorest people reach their full potential. In early 2013, Grameen Foundation launched TaroWorks, a mobile tool integrated with Salesforce, enabling the collection and management of data to aid a new category of poverty fighting organizations. The goal is to increase the number of the poor moving out of poverty based on a TaroWorks user’s improved understanding of their needs and the development of more effective products and services. Grammen Foundation’s grant will fund enhancements to the TaroWorks mobile solution, including mapping and scheduling capabilities.


Beyond12 is focused on increasing the number of low-income students who graduate from U.S. colleges and universities. Through a technology platform built on Salesforce combined with a student coaching service, Beyond12 acts as a data and service bridge between K-12 and higher education to help high schools and colleges provide their disadvantaged students with the academic, social and emotional support they need to succeed in higher education and beyond. Their grant will fund development of a mobile app, MyCoach, providing students with automated text message alerts delivered to their mobile devices and the College Success Facebook application, all monitored within Salesforce in order to bridge the information gap for underserved students.


u-turnU-Turn (South Africa)

U-Turn are a homeless agency offering low-cost Salesforce consulting and implementation services, together with a monitoring and evaluation tool called DELSTAT, to smaller nonprofit organizations. Once this service provision becomes profitable, the income will be used to enhance U-Turn’s core mission of the provision of rehabilitation and reintegration services to homeless people.

technology-trustCharity Technology Trust (UK)

Charity Technology Trust works with the third sector in the UK to use technology to enhance the way they work and collaborate. Their grant is being used to increase the success achieved by nonprofits using donated Salesforce licenses by creating a ‘meeting place’ for these organizations to engage more effectively with the partner community, and target nonprofits that don’t have budgets that allow for fully-funded, larger scale projects.

np-tech1-1NPTech (Israel)

NPTech promote the use of Salesforce technology among Israeli nonprofit organizations so they can more easily make data-driven decisions, advance transparency and accountability within their organizations, and more effectively and efficiently accomplish their missions. Their grant will enable them to continue development of their Technology Education and Implementation Model to broaden successful Salesforce use among Israeli nonprofits and to provide training and workshops, develop a customer support service and offer on-boarding, project management, implementation and consulting services to nonprofits using Salesforce.

third-sector-ITThird Sector IT (UK)

Third Sector IT is a social enterprise offering free and discounted introductory and advanced training on Salesforce to nonprofits so that they can understand how to use Salesforce to accomplish their aims effectively and efficiently.

vera-solutionsVera Solutions (Kenya & India)

Vera Solutions believe in the power of data to transform the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations working for social change. They provide low-cost implementation and consulting services to nonprofits and social enterprises in Africa and India. Their grant will enhance their services including consulting, marketing, advocacy, training, capacity building, and online learning.

npo-support-centerNPO Support Center (Japan)

NPO Support Center are partnering with Japan consulting partner Fundrex to strengthen the use of the Japanese version of the Nonprofit Starter Pack by creating promotional materials of Salesforce resources for nonprofits, holding seminars and trainings on Salesforce technology and developing the supporting tools to use that technology.

encludeEnclude (Ireland)

Enclude (Ireland) have received a grant to enhance their work providing low-cost implementation and consulting services to nonprofits in Ireland using Salesforce. They will also be expanding to provide these services in Africa. Their focus also includes building apps for specific verticals within the nonprofit sector.

2012 Grantees

North America

Center for American Progress
Citizen Schools
Health Leads
NCB Capital Impact


Charity Technology Trust (CTT)
Third Sector IT
Vera Solutions – East Africa
The Nonprofit Support Center Japan