Global Citizenship

Starwood Foundation


The mission of the Starwood Foundation is to act as a catalyst for global societal growth & development, ensuring associates, residents, visitors and local businesses can experience vibrant and thriving communities. By developing strategic partnerships that leverage our resources and expertise to address critical local needs, the Starwood Foundation empowers communities to build and sustain the economic, social and cultural vitality of regions where Starwood Hotels operates now and in the future.


Our ability to influence lasting, sustainable improvements in communities around the globe is accomplished through collaborative partnerships with international charitable organizations. The Starwood Foundation is dedicated to enriching communities by supplying financial grants to select partner organizations driving change in the following focus areas:

Workplace Readiness

Provide general skills/job readiness training for unemployed and underemployed individuals to promote economic growth of local communities and stimulate interest in growing sectors that will increase pursuit of employment in hospitality and related industries. WORKPLACE READINESS (PDF)


Sustain and advance the natural, social, human and built aspects of regions where Starwood operates to ensure long-term resilience and viability within those locations. Grantmaking areas include:

Disaster Relief

Respond to the individual, employee, and community needs arising from emergency situations by providing funding and on the ground support to assist in recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Starwood Cares for the Community

Support and encourage Starwood employees to participate in volunteer work that drives sustainable and meaningful impact in their local community, meets the interests of volunteers, and enhances Starwood’s community outreach focus areas.

Sustainable & Ecological Development

Maintain and improve the environmental & ecological characteristics of an area as well as its natural and/or built systems to serve the common good, anticipate & prevent degradation and support mitigation & adaption for resilience.

Human Rights

Support human rights awareness and advocacy efforts globally to ensure equitable practices and standards across private and public sectors.

To learn more about current opportunities and our grant application process, please review our charitable organization guidelines:

Charitable Organization Guidelines (PDF)

To go directly to our online grant application, please click here.