Community Investment FAQs

Where can I learn more about Corporate Social Responsibility?

At Starbucks, our commitment to ethical sourcing, environmental stewardship, and community involvement is core to our way of doing business. Please visit the Starbucks Responsibility page on this site to learn more.

How does my organization receive a donation from Starbucks?

At this time, Starbucks is not seeking opportunities for national or local partnerships or sponsorships. In addition, we are not accepting product or in-kind requests. We continue to remain focused on funding communities through grants from The Starbucks Foundation programs and our stores local involvement in their communities.

Does my organization qualify for a grant?

The Starbucks Foundation has three main focus areas which include:

  1. Supporting our retail communities through the Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action grants.

    The Starbucks Foundation provides grants to our retail communities though the Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants. We believe in the power of young people to change the world for the better. To us, young people are not problems to be solved, but potential problem solvers and we want to support them as agents of positive change in our society. The Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants are dedicated to supporting young people to make change and to communicate their inspiring stories. Visit the Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants website to learn more.
  2. Collaborating on projects that support social investments in coffee-, tea- and cocoa-producing communities.

    Starbucks supports sustainable programs that meet these communities’ specific needs. Projects have included improving access to education and agricultural training, microfinance and microcredit services, improving biodiversity conservation, and increasing levels of health, nutrition and water sanitation.
  3. Helping children around the world get clean water and raising awareness of the world water crisis through Ethos™ Water.

    Starbucks acquired Ethos™ Water in 2005. For every bottle of Ethos™ Water sold, 5¢ (in the U.S. - 10¢ in Canada) is directed to the Ethos Water Fund to help finance sustainable water programs around the world.

How does my organization share their information with The Starbucks Foundation?

The Starbucks Foundation only accepts Letters of Inquiry for the Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants. We encourage organizations to share their organization’s information with us through the Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants webpage. At this time, we are not accepting applications for our other Starbucks Foundation focus areas.