The Akamai Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the next generation of technology innovators by supporting STEM education, with a focus on the pursuit of excellence in mathematics in grades K-12. Grants focus on equal access to quality STEM education with grants supporting programs designed to attract more diversity to the technology industry. In addition, the Akamai Foundation provides disaster resilience, relief and humanitarian aid globally; and enables volunteerism by connecting employees to the communities in which Akamai operates.
Vision and Mission
Excellence in mathematics and innovation has always been and continues to be at the heart of Akamai’s mission. The Akamai Foundation promotes mathematics education and excellence among the next generation of technology innovators.
Through the Foundation and the programs that we partner with, we believe we will be able to help teach kids that math can be magical and fun. We hope our efforts will inspire young people to embrace math — and prepare for success in college and in their professional lives.
The Akamai Foundation is fueled by our belief in the wonderful possibilities for the future and grounded in the knowledge that our resources will be put to careful and thoughtful use.
Learn how the Akamai Foundation supports Danny’s Mobile Lab in Costa Rica, named after co-founder Danny Lewin.
Proposal Guidelines and Submission Details
- Our 2021 STEM Grant Application is now open! Click here to apply. The deadline for submissions is April 26th.
- Proposal criteria and exclusions listed are subject to change.
- Organizations applying for funds must be tax exempt under sections 501 (c)(3) or 170 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code and be classified as a public charity under section 509 (a) of the Code (or, in each case, have equivalent status applicable to non-US entities under the laws and regulations of the country where they are incorporated).
- Organizations and agencies may request funds only once during a calendar year.
- Organizations must demonstrate direct impact in the area of mathematics education (or other areas of science or technology) for elementary through high school aged children with prioritization given to programs focused on underserved populations.
- Organizations that have been previously funded by the Foundation must submit a final grant report before receiving additional funds.
- The Foundation reserves the right to apply any additional criteria as it deems appropriate in evaluating requests for funding; eligibility under the criteria above does not provide an entitlement to funding; the Foundation has sole discretion over all funding determinations.
General Exclusions from Consideration
- Underwriting or contributions to luncheons, galas and social fundraisers
- Support for capital campaigns or endowments
- Requests to support candidates for political office, political parties or PACs
- Requests for individual scholarships
- Major arts organizations
- Grants to local, national or international organizations' annual giving or holiday campaigns
- Grants to 509 (a) (3) Type III supporting organizations
Nondiscrimination Policies and Practices: The Akamai Foundation is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, have equal opportunities and can contribute fully to their communities. The Foundation will not support organizations that engage in illegal or invidious discrimination against individuals based on their age, employment status, socioeconomic status, military status, religion, pregnancy status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, race, ethnicity or national origin.
The Akamai Foundation appropriately conforms to provisions of the USA Patriot Act.
Contacting the Akamai Foundation
Cambridge, MA – May 06, 2020 – Akamai Foundation, a charitable fund endowed by Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), today announces that it has launched a multi-tiered, multi-phased global community response to COVID-19 with a US$ 1.1 million pledge to support relief efforts.
CAMBRIDGE, MA – April 1, 2019 – Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, today announces recipients of The Akamai Foundation 2019 grants.
CAMBRIDGE, MA – June 4, 2018 – The Akamai Foundation today announced that it will award five high school math students with scholarships for their placement in the recent U.S.A. Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), the final invitational exam in the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) American Mathematics Competitions (AMC). An awards ceremony for the 47th USAMO winners will be held on June 4th in Washington, D.C.
CAMBRIDGE, MA – April 12, 2018 – Akamai Technologies today announced the establishment of a $50 million endowment in support of The Akamai Foundation, a private corporate foundation dedicated to encouraging the next generation of technology innovators by promoting the pursuit of excellence in mathematics in grades K-12. The one-time endowment will help the Akamai Foundation continue to support STEM education, with a focus on mathematics, while growing its reach globally through direct grants to locally-registered charities and global non-government organizations that emphasize assisting under-represented groups within today’s technology workforce.
CAMBRIDGE, MA – June 5, 2017 – The Akamai Foundation today announced that it will award three high school math students with scholarships for their placement in the recent United States of America Mathematical Olympiad, the final invitational exam in a challenging series of MAA American Mathematics Competitions math exams. An awards ceremony for the forty-sixth USAMO winners will be held today, June 5th in Washington D.C.
CAMBRIDGE, MA – June 6, 2016 – The Akamai Foundation today announced that it will award three high school math students with scholarships for their placement in the recent U.S.A. Mathematical Olympiad. An awards ceremony for the forty-fifth USAMO winners will be held today, June 6th, in Washington D.C.
NEWTON, MA – May 13, 2016 – The Akamai Foundation today announced a $75,000 grant to the Newton Public Schools in support of The Calculus Project, a district initiative to narrow the achievement gap for low-income and students of color. The grant will provide critical support as the district seeks to maintain and expand the program.