The 2014 Force for Change grants program is focused on increasing collaboration and efficiencies across the global nonprofit sector.
We’re excited to announce the 2014 Force for Change grants program. This program strives to accelerate innovation in the nonprofit and higher education sectors and to drive forward ideas within the Salesforce user community. Grants are focused on areas where there is insufficient market activity to support a market-based solution, where there are emerging technologies (e.g. mobile, social) in need of efficient distribution, and where opportunities exist for positive impact around the world.
The 2014 Force for Change grants program will provide up to $1,500,000 USD in grants, with individual awards up to $250,000 USD. The program is open to current Salesforce.com Foundation customers from around the world that are:
1. Registered charities, social enterprises and North American higher education organizations, and
2. Focused on creating Salesforce applications that will introduce innovative technologies to accelerate success and positively impact these sectors.
The call for grant submissions was open through July 14, 2014.
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 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 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 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 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. Grameen 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-Turn (South Africa) 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.
Charity Technology Trust (UK) 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 Salesforce.com partner community, and target nonprofits that don’t have budgets that allow for fully-funded, larger scale projects.
NPTech (Israel) 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 IT (UK) 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 Solutions (Kenya & India) 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 Center (Japan) 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.
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.