Since our inception in 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has given back more than $820 million to enhance the sustainability of local communities worldwide.
The Coca-Cola Foundation is our Company's primary international philanthropic arm. The Foundation was established in the U.S. as a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Foundations grants are awarded throughout the year based on our priorities, tax requirements, legal compliance and approval by the Foundation's Board of Directors.
All requests for community support in the form of grants or sponsorships must be submitted through our online application system.
In 1984, Roberto Goizueta, then Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, established The Coca-Cola Foundation. Over the past three decades, The Foundation has grown from a local foundation into a global philanthropic organization.
The Coca-Cola Company is committed to giving back 1 percent of its prior year’s operating income annually. This commitment is made through The Coca-Cola Foundation and company donations. In 2015, The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation gave back more than $117 million to directly benefit nearly 300 organizations across more than 70 countries and territories.
Since its inception, the Foundation has supported learning inside and outside the classroom. However, addressing critical community challenges and opportunities is an evolving process. In 2007, the Foundation broadened its support to include global water stewardship programs, fitness and nutrition efforts and community recycling programs. Today, our strategies align with the Company’s Sustainability platform and include women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship.
- Women: economic empowerment and entrepreneurship
- Water: access to clean water, water conservation and recycling
- Well-Being: education, youth development and other community and civic initiatives
In addition, the Foundation supports many local community programs such as arts and culture, community and economic development programs in the United States, as well as HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs in Africa and Latin America.
Our community commitment is shared across The Coca-Cola system. When natural disasters strike, The Coca-Cola Foundation and the entire Coca-Cola system respond to offer emergency relief. Through the Coca-Cola Matching Gifts Program, eligible employees make personal contributions to qualified organizations and The Coca-Cola Foundation matches those contributions on a 2-for-1 basis.
Download a complete list of 2015 Foundation grants and corporate donations.