About Us

Funded by Elsevier, a  global information analytics company specializing in science and health, the Elsevier Foundation contributes over $1 million USD a year to non-profit organizations. Over the past decade, the Elsevier Foundation has awarded over 100 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations focusing on the world’s libraries, nurse faculties and women scholars during their early and mid-careers. In 2016, the Elsevier Foundation launched a series of new partnerships to support innovations in health information, research in developing countries, diversity in science and technology for development.

The Elsevier Foundation also provides matching funds to the charitable organizations employees personally support to encourage and support their generosity and community involvement. To maximize the impact of employee charitable giving, the Elsevier Foundation matches, dollar for dollar, donations made by eligible employees, up to $1,000 per year, to eligible nonprofit organizations.

Our New Partnerships: 2016-2018
In 2015, after a decade of grant-making, the Elsevier Foundation staff conducted a review of the Foundation’s priorities with our Board, company leaders, past partners and longstanding advisors. Our goal was to find ways to more effectively align our  programs to the key science, health and technology challenges, as outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a result of that review, we decided to move from a grant grant-making approach that was driven by an annual “call for proposals”to an emphasis on co-developing impactful program ideas directly with a select group of partner organizations working in areas of particular interest to the Foundation. Our new partnership programs include:

Our Grant Programs:  2006-2015
Our New Scholars and Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries grant programs focused on Elsevier’s unique areas of expertise as a leading scientific, technical and medical solutions provider.  Since 2006, the New Scholars program has contributed to the advancement of early to mid-career female scholars, helping them balance family responsibilities with demanding careers in science, health and technology. With more than 10 years, 50 grants, and ca $2.5 million investments, we have provided grants for family friendly policies, career skills, dual career issues, recognition awards, benchmarking studies, and boosting professional visibility through childcare grants.

How we work:

The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate non-profit 501(c)(3) governed by its Board, which is comprised of 5 external and 5-6 Ex Officio or internal members representing Elsevier.  Members serve 3 year renewable terms. Our Board members generally hold a broad range of expertise and interest in the UN Sustainable Development Goals regarding climate change, diversity and inclusion, education, research capacity building, and global health. The Elsevier Foundation Board meets annually to provide strategic guidance of the Foundation’s programming and governance.  Read more about the Board of Directors.

On a day to day basis,  the Elsevier Foundation is run by a small core team consisting of the program director, program officer, an appointed treasurer and legal counsel. In addition to supporting our annual programmatic funding, Elsevier offers in kind support through office space, design and media outreach, as well as additional volunteer support as needed from throughout the company. Read more about our Elsevier Foundation Team.

Questions? Contact Domiziana Francescon, Elsevier Foundation Program Officer