Salesforce Foundation Announces Grant Program to enable Nonprofit Capacity Building

Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative Grants, totaling $500,000, will help nonprofits use technology effectively to reduce administrative costs and advance their missions

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — February 15, 2006 — Salesforce Foundation, the global leader in integrating philanthropy and business, today announced the Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative, a grant program designed to foster and enhance technology deployment for nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative Grants will be awarded in three categories; Development, Regional Mission Support, and Turn-It-Up, each focused on helping nonprofit organizations obtain, implement, and maximize use of technologies to reduce administrative costs and to advance and extend their missions.

The Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative Grant Program consists of:

  • Development Grant — A Development Grant, in the amount of $25,000 USD, will be awarded each year to one nonprofit organization. Development Grants provide nonprofits with the financial resources to hire staff or consultants to help them expand their technology adoption and technology infrastructure to improve their productivity. Specifically the grant will enable them to provide tools specifically relevant to the nonprofit sector, such as gift and volunteer management systems.
  • Regional Mission Support Grants - Three Regional Mission Support Grants, in the amount of $5,000 to $25,000 USD each, will be awarded each year to youth-development organizations in each of Salesforce Foundation's active regions; the Americas, EMEA and APAC/Japan. These regional grants will support organizations in their purchase and implementation of sustainable and effective technologies that will help them achieve their missions.
  • Turn-It-Up Grants - Turn-It-Up Grants will be awarded to four to six global nonprofit organizations annually in the amount of $10,000 USD each. These grants will provide nonprofits with financial resources to help expedite their implementation and adoption of new technologies.
"One of the primary goals of Salesforce Foundation is to amplify the success of the nonprofit sector by providing effective tools to visionary organizations. The Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative Grant Program is an immense step towards that goal," said Suzanne DiBianca, executive director of the Salesforce Foundation. "The grants will provide exceptional nonprofit organizations with desperately needed-financial resources, to implement and adopt more-effective technologies which will empower them to increase the positive impact they have on people's lives."

Nonprofit recipients will be chosen based on their ability and motivation to share best practices within the nonprofit community; the impact the grant will have on the organization's efficacy; the financial necessity of the donation; and the strength of the organization's plan for supporting successful implementation. The Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative review committee consists of a group of employees representing each department. Final awards are decided by the Salesforce Foundation staff with counsel from its Board of Directors when appropriate. For more information on the Salesforce Foundation Nonprofit Capacity Building Initiative, please visit

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