The Starbucks Foundation

The Starbucks Foundation’s mission is to strengthen humanity by transforming lives across the world, with a focus on enabling community resiliency and prosperity and uplifting communities affected by disaster.

The Starbucks Foundation supports thriving communities through grants to nonprofit organizations, from our hometown in Seattle and neighborhoods across the country, to coffee and tea-growing communities around the world.

The Starbucks Foundation’s focus areas in 2021 include:

Global Community Impact Grants

The Starbucks Foundation has a global footprint, investing in initiatives around the world that drive locally-relevant impact and catalyze longer-term community outcomes and engagement, often in close collaboration with our business partners. Launched in 2022, The Starbucks Foundation’s Global Community Impact Grants initiative is designed to drive locally relevant impact in the communities where Starbucks operates around the world. Grants support causes including youth empowerment, inclusion & diversity, social services, hunger relief, economic opportunity, and coffee-, tea- and cocoa-growing communities. As part of the initiative, Starbucks international licensees and business partners join The Starbucks Foundation in investing in local nonprofits, providing in-kind donations and engaging volunteers for greater impact in addition to the grants.


Neighborhood Grants

Neighborhood Grants are investments that help build sustained local impact and inspire increased partner volunteerism with nonprofit organizations that work in our communities. Through this unique program, The Starbucks Foundation invites Starbucks partners to nominate a local organization in their community.

Since 2019, thousands of Starbucks partners have nominated thousands of organizations across the U.S. and Canada, with more than 2,500 organizations receiving a grant, amounting to more than $5 million.


Disaster Response

The Starbucks Foundation strengthens communities affected by disaster by investing in response and preparedness programs.

In 2020, The Starbucks Foundation supported local and global COVID-19 initiatives that extend emergency assistance to those in need while also helping build a path towards recovery and resilience, including more than 400 Neighborhood Grants to support COVID-19 community response. The Starbucks Foundation has also supported emergency preparedness, response and resilience for disasters ranging from the Australian wildfires and port explosion in Beirut to the hurricanes and wildfires in the U.S.


Origin Grants

The Starbucks Foundation has invested more than $25 million in programs that strengthen coffee and tea-growing communities since its founding.

On International Women’s Day 2018, The Starbucks Foundation announced a goal to empower 250,000 women and girls in origin communities by 2025. Since then, this effort is making a difference in the lives of women through programs that break down barriers to education, promote clean water and sanitation (WASH), and create leadership and economic opportunities for women and girls across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

In 2020, The Starbucks Foundation also supported COVID-19 prevention awareness and direct assistance to coffee and tea-growing communities.


About The Starbucks Foundation

The Starbucks Foundation strengthens humanity by transforming lives across the world, with a focus on enabling community resiliency and prosperity and uplifting communities affected by disaster. Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law.