Our Partners

The Genentech Foundation invests in a variety of educational institutions and nonprofits. In 2021, we supported more than 30 partners, including:

San Francisco State University (SFSU)

Building on a decade-long partnership, we now support approximately 100 first-year undergraduates through master’s level students each year. With financial and academic support as well as additional resources such as mentoring and research experiences, students are completing their degrees faster, and are better positioned for doctoral programs and their careers.
Read more about our partnership with SFSU.

UC Davis

We are the seed funder for AvenueB, which provides support for up to 30 biology students annually transferring from community colleges. Students receive support while attending community college, and throughout their transition to and enrollment at UC Davis.
Read more about our partnership with UC Davis.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

We support the American Chemical Society’s Bridge Program, which connects students to ACS Bridge Sites. These university departments have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Students receive financial and academic support with access to career-building programs in the chemical sciences.
Read more about our partnership with ACS.

Summer Research Scholars Program

Through our Genentech Foundation Summer Research Scholars Program, underrepresented students are able to participate in intensive summer research programs at top-tier research universities. In addition to tuition, these programs cover costs such as food, housing, travel, and stipends.

Technology Pathways Initiative

We are investing in Technology Pathways Initiative to create interdisciplinary computing programs at community colleges across the Bay Area. Through the creation of this curriculum, community college students will be well-positioned to pursue a broad array of STEM degrees and careers that leverage emerging opportunities where data science and life science intersect.
Read more about our partnership with Technology Pathways Initiative.

College Food Program

Through our College Food Program, we partner with food banks that support students facing food insecurity, including Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley, San Francisco Food Bank, and Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, to provide on-campus meal and food pantry support.

Giving Beyond the Check

Besides financial support, we give back in additional ways. We host events and meetings to connect our partners and foster opportunities for students and Genentech employees to learn from each other.

Summer Research Scholars Faculty Members

Summer Research Scholars Events

In 2021, we hosted virtual gatherings for faculty and administrators, as well as students participating in the Summer Research Scholars program. Faculty and administrators were able to share best practices and problem solve together. Students were able to connect with Genentech employees who shared their career journeys.

Experiences like these ignited my ambition and desire to pursue a career in science.

Student participating in the Summer Research Scholars program

New Investments Ahead

One of our key goals looking ahead is to help community college students transition successfully to four-year universities and beyond. We will be exploring new investments aligned with this focus area, particularly through institutional- and systems-level investments.

Please note: The Genentech Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. If you have been invited to apply for a Genentech Foundation grant, you can submit your application here. Infrequently, we consider relevant proposals that closely align with our objectives. If you have relevant work to share, contact us at [email protected]