See how The UPS Foundation is responding to the world’s most pressing social, environmental, and humanitarian needs.

Focusing Our Efforts

Environmental Sustainability

Volunteerism

Community Safety

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Logistics of Caring

UPS founder Jim Casey established The UPS Foundation in 1951 with a mission to help build safer, more resilient, and inclusive communities around the world. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing for nearly 70 years.

To us, giving means more than writing a check. It means combining employees' skills, passion, and time with our logistics expertise, transportation assets, and charitable donations* to make a measurable difference in society, investing in our global communities with cash grants, in-kind support, and passionate volunteers.

As our communities continue to grow and evolve, so do we. The UPS Foundation's philanthropic approach focuses on four areas that represent the purpose of our mission and reflect UPS's corporate values and expertise.

*UPS does not accept or respond to unsolicited grant proposals. Nonprofit funding is determined in one of two ways: The UPS Foundation solicits grant proposals from preeminent organizations within our focus areas or through a recommendation made by a UPS employee who is actively volunteering with the agency. The best way for your organization to be considered for funding by UPS is to engage UPS volunteers and then ask them to log their volunteer hours in the Neighbor-to-Neighbor tracking system. Any hours logged are open for funding opportunities by our local offices. Read more about funding programs under the Volunteerism icon.

A United Front with United Way

For nearly 40 years, UPS has supported the work of United Way, an organization that shares our dedication to improving lives and strengthening communities where we live and work every day. Within these communities, we’re addressing important issues such as early-grade reading, high school graduation rates and financial stability.

But we couldn't create this positive impact on society without the overwhelming help and support of our employees. Since 1982, UPS and our employees – both active and retired – have donated more than $1.6 billion to United Way.

And our efforts have not gone unrecognized. Twice we’ve won United Way’s Spirit of America award, the organization's highest national honor for corporate involvement and commitment to building better communities. In 2019 UPS was honored with the Gamechanger Award for our work with United Way as it relates to our efforts to combat human trafficking.

Policies & Governance

The UPS Foundation is a separate legal entity from UPS with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) IRS tax code. Funding for the Foundation is provided by annual contributions from the company's profits.

We seek to support organizations that, like UPS and The UPS Foundation, do not discriminate in the delivery of charitable services and support diversity, community safety, environmental sustainability, and volunteerism. Accordingly, an applicant must certify that it is compliant with The UPS Foundation's Grantee Non-Discrimination Policy in order to receive a grant from The UPS Foundation (policy set forth below). Any organization that receives a grant and is later found to be noncompliant with The UPS Foundation's Grantee Non-Discrimination Policy, as determined in the sole discretion of The UPS Foundation based on all appropriate facts and circumstances, will be required to return all or part of the grant.

Grantee Non-Discrimination Policy

Organizations seeking financial support from The UPS Foundation must certify that their charitable and/or educational programs and services are offered and provided to the intended beneficiaries without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, ancestry, age, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, county, or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Notwithstanding the preceding, organizations that offer gender-based programs or have programs and services designed to benefit a specific population will not be considered discriminatory for this reason alone.

Conflict of Interest Policy

The UPS Foundation wants to avoid situations in which the business or personal interests of a trustee, officer, staff member, associate, or advisory committee member may inappropriately influence the Foundation's decision-making process.

To view this policy in its entirety, visit the UPS Pressroom.

In-Kind Donations Policy

The UPS Foundation coordinates in-kind shipment support to a select group of leading humanitarian logistics partners, providing annual in-kind shipping budgets to these agencies for preparedness, urgent response, post-crisis recovery and public health system strengthening efforts. These established partnerships ensure that UPS can make a critical difference in communities affected by disaster or other crises. UPS does not accept collection drive items, nor does it ship items for individuals. All in-kind shipments must have a pre-identified recipient or non-profit agency at destination. UPS encourages individuals to provide monetary donations to agencies actively engaged in humanitarian response and recovery. We recommend product donors donate to Good360.org. For more information on how you can find out what agencies are actively engaged in response and recovery efforts, go to The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, InterAction.org or UNOCHA.org.

Children of UPS employees volunteering in river