Akamai Foundation

The Akamai Foundation is a private corporate foundation dedicated to fostering excellence in mathematics, with the aim of promoting math’s importance and encouraging America’s next generation of technology innovators.

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Akamai Foundation

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.

Listen to what our employees and partners have to say about math.

Board Members

  • Jim Benson, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • Monique Bonner, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
  • George Conrades, Former Chairman & CEO
  • James Gemmell, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Tom Leighton, Co-Founder & CEO

Proposal Guidelines and Submission Details

  • The 2019 grant proposal submission window is currently open.
  • Any program looking to submit a proposal for 2019 consideration must do so by November 16, 2018.
  • Please click this link to access the online application tool

Criteria

  1. 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).
  2. Organizations and agencies may request funds only once during a calendar year.
  3. 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.
  4. Organizations that have been previously funded by the Foundation must submit a final grant report before receiving additional funds.
  5. 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

If you have questions or would like to make a comment about the Akamai Foundation, please contact us.

Foundation News

Akamai Foundation To Award Top High School Math Students With $45,000 In College Scholarships

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.

Akamai Establishes $50 Million Endowment To Support Mathematics Programs In STEM Education

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.

Akamai Foundation to Award Country's Top High School Math Students With $45,000 in College Scholarships

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.

Akamai Foundation to Award Country's Top High School Math Students With $45,000 in College Scholarships

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.

Akamai Foundation to Donate $75,000 to Newton Public Schools in Support of The Calculus Project

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.