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.
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See our full list of Grantee Partners working to build a future of inclusive economic opportunity

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.

How to apply for grants

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Frequently asked questions

What are essential grant application eligibility requirements?
  • Have a minimum two-year operating history after receiving its 501(c)(3) classification or international equivalency
  • Have audited 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
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I previously received grant support from the foundation. Can I still apply for funding, even in a subsequent year?

Prior Upwork Foundation grant recipients must submit a separate application to be considered for additional grant opportunities.

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Will the foundation provide specific feedback for grant applications that have been denied support?

The Foundation understands the need for feedback; however, due to an overwhelming number of applicants, we are currently unable to provide individualized feedback. We are continually working towards improving our processes to better serve applying organizations.

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Examples of areas that will not be considered for funding by the Foundation
  • 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 mission are in conflict with those of Upwork
  • Health initiatives 
  • Sponsorship of events
  • Building or capital campaigns
  • For litigation purposes
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