The Force for Change Grants Program is focused on increasing social impact through the innovative use of Salesforce technologies in the global nonprofit and higher education sectors.
The Force for Change Grants Program is focused on accelerating social impact in the global nonprofit and higher education sectors by funding our 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 nonprofit organizations and public higher education institutions from around the world that are focused on using technology in innovative, forward-thinking ways that will have a meaningful social impact.
Between June 29, 2015 and July 10, 2015 we will host an open call for expression of interest submissions. The expression of interest template is available now. The deadline for submission is 11:59PM Pacific Daylight Time on July 10, 2015. Within the template, we will 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, the Salesforce Foundation 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. A review committee composed of Foundation staff, Salesforce employees and external advisors will evaluate the proposed projects, and grant recipients will be determined and notified in early December.
If you have general questions about the Force for Change grants program, please visit the Power of US Hub. To do so:
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 (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.
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 the Salesforce Foundation, 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.
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 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.