The Box Impact Fund
Transforming child welfare, crisis response, and the environment
Applications are now closed
Boost your impact with one of six $25K awards
At Box, we power how the world works together — and we’d like to help our friends in the nonprofit sector do the same. That’s why we’re excited to give out $150K in grants to help fuel critical missions and digitally transform the nonprofit workplace.
Advancing child welfare
Think of Us, Angels Foster Family Network, CASA of San Mateo County: These are just a few Box customers doing amazing things in the child welfare space. We want to amplify the impact of nonprofits working in child welfare systems around the world. Your application might include projects like foster care programming, legal services, or programs for orphaned children.
Supporting crisis response
When you’re coordinating critical services, secure collaboration across every device is a must. Our crisis response category covers nonprofits in emergency and disaster relief services, including refugee support (think Oxfam, IRC, and Team Rubicon Global). Applications for this category could tackle challenges like gathering topographic data or enabling mobile hotspots.
Protecting our planet
Digital transformation leads to planet-saving outcomes — just look to Box customers like The Nature Conservancy and charity: water. This category covers areas such as environmental protection, energy conservation, renewable energy, nature conservation, and biodiversity. Application examples include projects like improving environmental research or calculating your impact from going paperless.
Applications were evaluated on four criteria
Demonstrate clear alignment with a digital transformation focus in child welfare, crisis response, or the environment
Show potential for impact and the difference this project will make for your organization, and those you help
Include a plan for inclusion of key stakeholder voices, buy-in and support
Share your plan for achieving scale, including possible challenges and how you will address them
Our passionate panel of judges includes:
Box Co-founder and CFO, Box.org Advisory Council member
VP Communities and Impact, Executive Director of Box.org
Implementation Consultant at Box, Co-founder of Box Consulting for Good
Box.org Advisory Council member, Founder & CEO of Christensen Global
Deputy Director, Field & Impact Programs, NetHope
What are the eligibility requirements for the Box Impact Fund?
Organizations eligible for the Box Impact Fund have a declared and verifiable charitable or philanthropic mission to benefit communities. Organizations must have a recognized legal status in their respective country. Additionally, the application must be for a digital transformation project in child welfare, crisis response, or the environment to be considered.
How does the Box Impact Fund work?
Box, Inc. maintains a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at Tides Foundation and the Box Impact Fund is funded through this DAF. Box has the privilege of recommending grants out of the Box, Inc. Fund to Tides Foundation. Tides Foundation is the grant maker, maintaining control and discretion over the use of the charitable funds of the Box Inc. Fund. If Box recommends a grant for your organization, Tides Foundation will contact your organization directly to conduct its own review and diligence to ensure that the grant aligns with Tides Foundation’s purposes.
What are the application evaluation criteria?
Applications must be completed in English and will be evaluated on four criteria:
a. Projects must demonstrate clear alignment with a digital transformation focus in the child welfare, crisis response, or environment areas. A project may be internally focused, for example bringing digital transformation within an organization across all employees. Projects may also be externally focused, for example digital transformation enabling increased access to services for those served.
a. Strong applications will focus on the outcomes projects aim to achieve, not only the outputs or activities they will pursue. They will speak to the potential for impact and the difference this project will make for your organization, and/or those you help.
a. Inclusion is a Box priority reflected by our "Bring your _____ self to work" value. We're keen to support projects that exhibit inclusion with intention. Strong applications will include a plan for inclusion of key stakeholder voices, buy-in and support. How will those who are part of this digital transformation be brought on the journey? How will their voices be heard?
a. Whether proposing a project that aims to reach all employees across an organization, office or department, or one that aims to pilot an approach reaching a group of external beneficiaries, please share your plan for achieving scale. Strong applications will show awareness of challenges you might face and how you plan to address them.
How does Box.org define digital transformation?
Digital transformation is certainly a journey. Working towards this can help ensure that nonprofits have the digital capacity to achieve their missions. A project may be internally focused, for example bringing digital transformation within an organization across all employees. Projects may also be externally focused, for example digital transformation enabling increased access to services for those served. The proposal could include funding for a staff member like an IT administrator to help with digital transformation for your organization.
Your application for funding might include:
- Moving from paper to cloud-based operational processes
- Training and enablement programs to help employees use new technology
- Building out tech strategies and optimizing systems
- Funding for an IT administrator so you can innovate and grow
- A pilot project to test your idea before rolling it out at scale
- Automating workflows and processes so you can save time
Are there other expectations or reporting requirements for grant recipients?
Yes, grant recipients will be expected to use the $25K grant within a 12 month period and provide a short report at the end sharing the outcomes achieved by the project. We're also excited to include grantees in a special panel at our December 6th Box Global Impact Day.
Can I apply again if I submitted last year?
Yes, you can apply again if you were not selected in 2021 as a grant recipient.
Does my organization have to use Box products to be eligible for grant funding?
No, you do not have to be a Box customer, we welcome all eligible organizations to apply.
Who can I contact for questions?
Carefully read all instructions and requirements on this page and the application form. If you still have questions, please contact us here and be sure to select "Other" in the "Contact Reason" dropdown options.