The Starbucks Foundation was created to support our commitment to community.
We started in 1997 by funding literacy programs in Canada and the United States. Today we’re supporting communities around the globe in all kinds of ways:
Nurturing Young Leaders
With fresh eyes and willing hands, young people have a lot to contribute to their communities. Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ Youth Action Grants help give youth the opportunity to make a difference by supporting their efforts to make the world a better place.
Supporting Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Communities
Starbucks supports social development projects that help the communities that produce our coffee, tea and cocoa. Projects include improving access to education and agricultural training, microfinance and microcredit services, improving biodiversity conservation, and increasing levels of health, nutrition and water sanitation.
Access to Get Clean Water
Ethos(R)™ Water started as a social venture startup with the goal of providing people in developing countries with access to clean water. For every bottle of Ethos(R)™ Water sold in the United States, 5 cents is directed to the Ethos(R) Water Fund to help finance sustainable water programs around the world. Thanks to our valued customers, we have raised more than $6 million to date.
Fostering Education in China
In 2005, as part of its ongoing commitment to social responsibility and in recognition of China's rich tradition of placing an importance on education, Starbucks Coffee Company established the Starbucks China Education Project, a US $5 million (approximately RMB 40 million) commitment to support educational programs in China at Give2Asia.
Rebuilding the Gulf Coast
Starbucks and the Starbucks Foundation created the C.O.A.S.T. Fund to assist in the recovery and revitalization of Gulf Coast communities devastated by hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
Please know we are not seeking opportunities for national or local sponsorships, nor are we accepting product or in-kind requests at this time. We remain focused on helping communities through the Starbucks Foundation programs listed above and the efforts of Starbucks stores in their local communities.