The Dropbox Foundation puts action behind our belief in human rights. We partner with organizations that support a range of vulnerable populations by providing access to equal opportunities, basic freedoms, and fundamental necessities.

Our Story

Dropbox co-founders Drew and Arash launched the Dropbox Foundation in 2018 to support organizations fighting for equality opportunity, basic freedoms, and fundamental necessities for people around the world. The Foundation is rooted in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity of all people, without discrimination. Our mission is to help our partners achieve their missions.

Dropbox co-founders Drew and Arash

Giving Philosophy

The Foundation focuses on promoting and protecting human rights by partnering with impactful nonprofits in two main ways:

Flexible, unrestricted grants

About 75% of grants to nonprofits come with a catch: the donor—not the nonprofit—chooses how the funds get used. The Dropbox Foundation offers flexible, unrestricted grants for up to three years that our partners can use to meet their greatest needs. Our partners know best how to use the funds and we don’t second-guess their judgment.

Skills-based volunteering

We collaborate with our partners to match their immediate volunteer needs to Dropbox employees who have the right experience—from recruiting to financial management to data security.

Who runs the Foundation?

Dropbox Foundation is a separate legal entity from Dropbox Inc., classified as a 509(a)(3) supporting organization under Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The Foundation is overseen by seven board members from Dropbox and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors including Dropbox executives Bart Volkmer, Lin-Hua Wu, and Amber Cottle. You can find a copy of the latest annual 990 filing here.

How are your Foundation partners selected?

The Foundation evaluates applicants based on a set of criteria that takes into account the applicant’s commitment to human rights, potential for long-term impact, and opportunities for deep partnership.

Do you accept proposals?

At this time, we don’t accept unsolicited proposals.

How can I learn more?

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