The Upwork Foundation

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

Foundation key initiatives


沙巴体育足球开户Funding high-performing nonprofits that cultivate inclusive learning and economic opportunities.


Helping nonprofits boost their social impact and achieve their missions by offering special discounts on Upwork to hire top talent.


Empowering Upwork employees to volunteer in their local communities for causes and organizations that matter most to them.

Congratulations to our 2019 grant winners

Code Nation equips students in under-resourced high schools with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in technology.

The Foundation’s grant will support Code Nation’s free coding education and career preparation programs in high schools. Code Nation’s long-term goal is for 60% of alumni to secure a high-earning career in the tech sector.

Pivotal supports foster youth in obtaining the additional education and career support they need to achieve self-reliance.

The Foundation’s grant will support Pivotal’s “Path to Self-Sufficiency for Foster Youth Program.” The program seeks to provide academic and employment coaching to over 300 high school and college students, and prepare and place 115 foster youth into paid summer internships.

African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC) provides training focused on business development and debt financing for refugee entrepreneurs in East Africa to drive economic growth within their communities.

The Foundation’s grant will help AEC expand its programs to serve 9,200 refugees in Rwanda and increase loan capabilities.

How to apply for grants

Increase your social impact with funding from The Upwork Foundation

We are not accepting grant applications at this time. Stay tuned for more details!

Giving back to make an impact

Building a movement of corporate philanthropy

Pledge 1% is a global movement that inspires, educates, and empowers every entrepreneur, company, and employee to be a force for good. Over 10,000 members in 100 countries have used Pledge 1%’s flexible framework to ignite half a billion dollars in new philanthropy.

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
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.

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.

Exclusion criteria: what we do not fund
  • Donations or grants directly to individuals
  • Requests that do not fall under any of your programs/funding priorities 
  • Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes
  • Political campaigns and legislative lobbying efforts
  • Health initiatives 
  • Building or capital campaigns
  • Organizations whose values or mission are in conflict with those of Upwork
  • Sponsorship of events
  • Litigation efforts
Does Upwork provide discounts for nonprofits?

沙巴体育足球开户In an effort to meet our mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives, Upwork will work with your nonprofit to determine if your organization qualifies for discounted pricing.

If you have questions about the proposal process or our expectations for your responses, please reach out to