UPS Foundation

UPS Foundation is the philanthropic arm of logistics giant UPS, which uses the company's resources, assets and expertise to deliver social impact. The foundation was founded in 1951 and focuses on four main areas: health and humanitarian relief; equity and economic empowerment; local engagement; and planet protection. In 2022 alone, the foundation invested US$112.6m across 76 countries, supporting nonprofits and investing in programmes to create sustainable, empowered, resilient and safe communities.

Related sustainable development goals

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Climate Action
  • Partnerships for the Goals

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Development
    • Economic development
      • Business and industry
        • Entrepreneurship
    • Financial services
  • Education
    • Elementary and secondary education
      • STEM education
      • Secondary education
    • Higher education
  • Environment
    • Energy resources
    • Air quality
    • Climate change
  • Health
    • Healthcare access
  • Legal and courts
    • Disasters and emergency management

Focus populations

  • At-risk youth
  • Internally displaced people
  • Self-employed people
  • Students
  • Victims of crime and abuse
  • Victims of disaster

Focus geographies

  • Africa
    • South Africa
    • Nigeria
  • Americas
  • Central Asia
    • Kazakhstan
  • East Asia
  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Bahrain
  • North Africa
    • Morocco
    • Egypt
  • South Asia
    • Pakistan
    • India
  • South-east Asia

Grantees

  • Injaz Al Arab

Programmes

  • Equity and economic empowerment
    UPS foundation invests in organisations and programmes that address education barriers and create economic opportunities for underserved and underrepresented women, youth and marginalized communities. One of their flagship programmes is the Women Exporter Programme which empowers and trains women entrepreneurs to help grow their business. The foundation also provides higher education scholarships, mentoring, training and internship opportunities to students from underserved communities.
  • Health and humanitarian relief
    The foundation leverages its logistics expertise to respond to global disasters and humanitarian crises and provide emergency aid, medical equipement and supplies, and health services to underserved and impacted communities. Partners include WFP, UNICEF, and the American Red Cross. The foundation focuses on equitable healthcare access around the world, using advanced technology to deliver and expand healthcare to remote and needy communities. Combatting human trafficking is also a key area of support for the foundation.
  • Planet protection
    The UPS foundation prioritises environmental protection and hopes to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. They have committed to plant 50 million trees by 2030 to improve air quality and partner with organisations to explore environmentally-friendly innovative logistics solutions.

Financials

Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts
  • Programme related investment
  • Volunteering

Primary funders

  • UPS Corporation

Operations

Key staff

  • Chief corporate affairs officer, Laura Lane
  • Community relations senior manager, Caroline Kiunga
  • President for social impact, Nikki Clifton

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