VF Foundation
Oct 26, 2023

Driving a More Equitable and Sustainable World: Meet the VF Foundation’s 2023 Grantees

Since its inception, The VF Foundation, the private grantmaking organization funded by VF Corporation, has been contributing to communities around the globe, funding important organizations that help create a more equitable and sustainable future and helping to advance VF’s Purpose. In 2023, The VF Foundation was proud to grant nearly $4 million to 55 organizations around the globe in partnership with VF’s people and brands.

“We are proud to invest in grantees who are yielding life-changing, planet-protecting, people-empowering impact,” said Gloria Schoch, Executive Director of The VF Foundation and Senior Director at VF Corporation. “Our funds help cultivate meaningful societal change including striving for equity in workforce development, empowering women and girls, introducing more people to the great outdoors and accelerating promising climate solutions for the fashion industry and beyond.”

Highlighted below are some of the 2023 grantees, all working to advance progress towards The VF Foundation's priority areas.

Driving a More Accessible Outdoors, Fashion Industry, and Trades

The VF Foundation works to lift barriers to outdoor exploration and foster career opportunities in fashion and trades. To help promote increased participation of historically under-resourced and underrepresented communities, in 2023 The Foundation invested in the following organizations:

  • Justice Outside to fund the development of a robust state and federal advocacy program to advance U.S.-based policies centered in racial justice and equity in the outdoors.
  • Beyond Sport Foundation to pilot Allyship in the Outdoors course across Europe in partnership with The North Face® to foster the next generation of inclusive explorers.
  • Trust for Public Land to support the design of new green schoolyards on nature-deprived tribal lands across the U.S. through pilot projects with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).
  • The Skatepark Project to build an urban skatepark for the community and by the community in New York City in partnership with Vans®.
  • Fashion Scholarship Fund Community Colleges Initiative to foster a more diverse pipeline of U.S. talent for the fashion industry by supporting young adults of promise pursuing less-traditional educational pathways.
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Education Foundation to reach underrepresented groups in construction, including women and people of color, to help provide meaningful careers and grow the industry through scholarships across the U.S. in partnership with Dickies®.

Empowering Women in Vulnerable Communities

The VF Foundation works to uplift diverse, under-resourced communities around the world, with a focus on women and girls. The Foundation is helping to address core obstacles in community development and help create lasting economic improvement intended to benefit future generations. To help achieve these goals, the Foundation is funding organizations that mobilize resources to empower local decision-making and action, such as:

  • RISE - Reimagining Industry to Support Equality to prevent and remediate gender-based violence and harassment in the garment sector through an educational pilot program in Guatemala with the aim of scaling the model in Latin America and across the globe.
  • Shimmy Technologies, Inc. to drive innovative change while ensuring female garment workers in Bangladesh are equipped with the necessary skills and training to thrive in an industry embracing automation.
  • Water.org to provide an estimated 60 million liters per year of volumetric benefit in communities facing water scarcity, giving 10,000 people in Nairobi, Kenya access to improved water and sanitation solutions through microloan programs.

Unlocking Climate Solutions

The VF Foundation helps seed the mitigation of climate change by investing in circular and regenerative practices in fashion and apparel, including promising innovations in reducing textile waste, supporting local farmers and fueling green jobs as a transformative solution. A handful of grant recipients in this space include:

Providing Humanitarian Aid

When disasters strike, The VF Foundation provides coordinated support for humanitarian relief and recovery efforts to support communities where VF operates around the world. This includes monetary investments, employee matching grants, coordinated volunteer assistance, and product donations. Partners this year include:

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