BP Foundation

BP Foundation 

The BP Foundation is a charitable organization — separate from but funded entirely by BP — that supports philanthropic activities around the world. Since 2008, it has contributed more than $145 million to thousands of community groups and causes in the United States.

As part of its commitment to service, the foundation matches personal charitable donations — including donations of time and effort — made by BP employees.

In 2017 alone, U.S. employees contributed around $4.6 million and nearly 50,000 volunteer hours to 1,700-plus organizations. The foundation matched these contributions with grants totaling about $5.2 million.

Hurricane Harvey response

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, BP and the BP Foundation joined with company employees to donate nearly $1.6 million combined, along with 200,000 gallons of fuel, to help Houston recover.

BP employees also volunteered in large numbers to aid the response effort. They served meals at shelters, answered phones at emergency call centers, remediated damaged properties, rescued stranded families, and opened their homes to evacuees, all of which provided crucial support to those affected by the storm.

*The BP Foundation is a separate legal entity from BP and accounts independently for its operations, assets, liabilities and expenses.

General Grants and Funding Priorities

The BP Foundation’s current commitments include support to global organizations that meet the BP Foundation’s donation strategy, including education, economic development and environment programs. 

The BP Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, but rather reviews requests submitted by BP businesses around the world.

The funding priorities of the BP Foundation include education, economic development and environment.


  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, except countries where basic literacy is an issue

Economic Development

  • Enterprise development, jobs training and sustainable community projects


  • Programs that further the understanding of and foster practical means of addressing global environmental issues