The Upwork Foundation

Envisioning a future of inclusive economic opportunity so people have better lives

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The Upwork Foundation

Envisioning a future of inclusive economic opportunity so people have better lives

Full List of Grantees
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Foundation giving initiatives

Funding high-performing nonprofits that cultivate inclusive learning and economic opportunities.

In an effort to close the global opportunity gap, The Upwork Foundation funds initiatives that connect marginalized communities with life-sustaining knowledge work, no matter their location. We primarily fund organizations serving the following communities:

  • BIPOC
  • Women
  • Disadvantaged youth and young adults
  • People with disabilities
  • Refugees, Immigrants and Asylum Seekers
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Veterans
  • Older professionals
  • Rural communities
  • Communities in developing countries
Foundation giving initiatives

Activities we fund

Upwork funds activities that support knowledge work preparation, job creation, and improved quality of life, including those focused on:

  • Skills Development
  • Unemployment and Underemployment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Work Infrastructure and Financial Inclusion
  • Social Protection
  • Redefining Work
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See our full list of Grantee Partners working to build a future of inclusive economic opportunity

Organizations listed here represent those recommended by The Upwork Foundation. The Upwork Foundation works collaboratively with the Tides Foundation to process grants, ensuring grantmaking compliance. The Tides Foundation conducts due diligence on each organization before approving each grant and issuing funds on Upwork’s behalf.

AsylumWorks
AsylumWorks

AsylumWorks empowers asylum seekers and other migrants seeking humanitarian-based legal protection to rebuild their lives safely and with dignity.

Brave House
Brave House

The Brave House is a community of support for young immigrant women and gender-expansive youth (ages 16-24) in New York City, with a focus on survivors of gender-based violence.

INCO
INCO

Active in 50 countries, INCO’s mission is to create an economy that is green, inclusive, and sustainable by investing in and supporting innovative companies while equipping individuals facing barriers to employment with future-proof skills.

InReach
InReach

InReach supports the entire diverse LGBTQ+ community including asylum seekers and refugees; undocumented and other immigrants; young people experiencing homelessness; those facing family or community rejection due to their identity; and other transgender and non-binary people in need of safe resources.

Kiva Microfunds
Kiva Microfunds

Kiva is on a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive. Through Kiva's work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care.

Multicultural Refugee Coalition
Multicultural Refugee Coalition

The Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) creates livelihood opportunities for refugees. MRC believes in the potential of all refugees to thrive in their new communities through dignified, fair-wage work.

Oakland Bloom
Oakland Bloom

Oakland Bloom’s mission is to advance economic equity in the food industry. It supports poor and working-class refugee, immigrant, and BIPOC chefs to launch their own food businesses and to re-envision and reshape what a healthy and just food service industry could look like.

RefugePoint (RP)
RefugePoint (RP)

RefugePoint advances lasting solutions for at-risk refugees including access to resettlement and other pathways to safety. With a global office in Nairobi, Kenya, RefugePoint is on the ground in Africa to strengthen response solutions that help refugees lead healthy, dignified lives and become contributing members of society again.

Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment
Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment

The mission of Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) is to advocate and promote self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support, and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities.

Tent Partnership for Refugees (TENT)
Tent Partnership for Refugees (TENT)

TENT mobilizes the business community to improve the lives and livelihoods of refugees forcibly displaced from their home countries. TENT has a network of over 300 major companies committed to integrating refugees into their host communities.

Upwardly Global
Upwardly Global

Upwardly Global’s mission is to eliminate employment barriers for immigrant and refugee professionals, and to advance the inclusion of their skills into the U.S. economy.

We Are All America
We Are All America

We Are All America has led the emergence of an effective national organizing infrastructure that can mobilize public support for people fleeing violence and persecution, counter nativist forces, and develop more welcoming policies and practices in this area at the federal and state levels.

Give Directly
Give Directly

GiveDirectly lets donors send money directly to the world’s poorest households. They believe people living in poverty deserve the dignity to choose for themselves how best to improve their lives and that cash enables that choice.

Gaza Sky Geeks
Gaza Sky Geeks

Gaza Sky Geeks is propelling Palestine’s digital work economy through upskilling and job placement services, with a focus on helping women.

Reach Vietnam
Reach Vietnam

REACH specializes in providing vocational training, career advice, and job placement for Vietnam's most disadvantaged youth and young adults.

Per Scholas
Per Scholas

Through rigorous tuition-free training, professional development, and robust employer connections, Per Scholas prepares individuals traditionally underrepresented in technology for high-growth careers in the industry.

Digital NEST
Digital NEST

Digital NEST is a youth workforce development center that provides both technical and essential "soft" skills training to youth, ages 14 to 24, in under-resourced communities.

Launch Code
Launch Code

LaunchCode recognizes that while talent is everywhere, opportunity is not. They aim to change that with free and accessible tech education.

Merit America
Merit America

Merit America envisions a world in which anyone can advance their life based on merit, not money.

Year Up
Year Up

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential.

Year Up
Year Up

Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support for career empowerment.

Urban Alliance
Urban Alliance

Urban Alliance aims to build a diverse next-generation workforce in their community through job-skills training and paid internships during high school.

re:work training
re:work training

re:work training is improving outcomes for Chicago’s untapped communities and diversifying tech through educational and career opportunities.

Opportunity Junction
Opportunity Junction

Opportunity Junction helps motivated Contra Costa job seekers gain the skills and confidence to launch careers that lead to financial security.

Mann Deshi Foundation
Mann Deshi Foundation

Mann Deshi Foundation empowers women entrepreneurs and their communities in rural India.

Launch Code
Launch Code

LaunchCode recognizes that while talent is everywhere, opportunity is not. They aim to change that with free and accessible tech education.

Kepler
Kepler

Kepler provides African youth with new pathways to education and employment.

i.c.stars
i.c.stars

i.c.stars provides a rigorous, technology-based workforce development and leadership training program for underserved adults.

Genesys Works
Genesys Works

Genesys Works equips high school students with the knowledge and skills to achieve career success.

Gaza Sky Geeks
Gaza Sky Geeks

Gaza Sky Geeks is propelling Palestine’s digital economy and future technology leaders to transcend borders through cutting-edge, peer-led education..

Friends of Ngong Road
Friends of Ngong Road

Friends of Ngong Road provides education and support for children in Nairobi, Kenya whose families have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

East Bay Community Law Center
East Bay Community Law Center

East Bay Community Law Center addresses racial and economic injustice and poverty through legal services, policy advocacy, and law training

EarthEnable
EarthEnable

EarthEnable is improving health outcomes through simple and affordable solutions in Rwanda and Uganda.

Digital NEST
Digital NEST

Digital NEST connects youth to a skill-building community that transforms them into successful professionals who create innovative solutions and prosperous communities.

Centro Community Partners
Centro Community Partners

Centro Community Partners is building thriving communities by providing underserved, low-income entrepreneurs with business education, mentorship, and access to capital.

Pivotal
Pivotal

Pivotal helps young people in foster care reach their academic and employment goals to create the life they want for themselves.

Code Nation
Code Nation

Code Nation effectively propels students into tech careers and breaks deep-seated social and economic inequities in the tech industry.

African Entrepreneur Collective
African Entrepreneur Collective

African Entrepreneur Collective works with local entrepreneurs in East Africa so that they can grow their businesses and create jobs.

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Frequently asked questions

What are essential grant application eligibility requirements?
  • Have a minimum two-year operating history after receiving your 501(c)(3) classification or international equivalency
  • Have financial statements for the past two completed fiscal years 
  • Be eligible to accept funds from a US foundation in accordance with US laws and the laws of your country
  • Eligibility requirements as outlined by the Tides Foundation
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What types of projects does The Upwork Foundation NOT support?
  • Donations or grants to entities that have not obtained 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent
  • Donations or grants directly to individuals
  • Funding requests that do not fall under any of our program/funding priorities
  • Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes
  • Political campaigns and legislative lobbying efforts
  • Organizations whose values or missions are in conflict with those of Upwork
  • Building or capital campaigns
  • For litigation purposes
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I previously received grant support from The Upwork Foundation. Can I still apply for funding, even in a subsequent year?

If invited, prior Upwork Foundation grant recipients must submit a separate application to be considered for additional grant opportunities.

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Will The Upwork Foundation provide specific feedback for grant applications that have been denied support?

We strive to provide feedback to every organization that is invited by The Upwork Foundation to apply for a grant; however, due to an overwhelming number of applicants, we may be unable to provide individualized feedback. We are continually working towards improving our processes to better serve applying organizations.

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