The Rackspace Foundation mission is to create a learning community where education is valued, families and educators are engaged, and students strive to reach their full potential. We partner with organizations who provide important programs that meet basic student needs while contributing to a holistic education by introducing students to mentorship, the arts, STEM programs and more.
We take a community-based approach to investment. Rather than focusing on a single cause, we are committed to providing holistic support for the students in Rackspace’s geographic footprint. Our funding is focused on supplementing important STEAM programs to contribute to a well-rounded education. We hope that through these programs, students find their passions, have a safe place to express their identities, ask questions, be creative and believe in their own potential
The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, fully funded by Rackers, through payroll deductions. No overhead costs means 100% of the donations goes directly into supporting our students.
How it all started
When it was time for Rackspace to find a permanent location to house our San Antonio headquarters, no one expected it would be the abandoned mall on the east side of town.
Formerly known as Windsor Park Mall, the building had been empty since 2005 as a result of a weakening economy and rising gang violence in the area. Despite a grim outward appearance, the mall and surrounding community were full of potential.
As renovations began to turn the mall into our new home, it was proposed that a security wall be constructed around the perimeter of the campus. After all, the area was known for high rates of property crime. While there were clear safety concerns to address, it was estimated that construction of this wall would cost nearly a million dollars. Not only was it expensive, the idea of a giant wall went against our mission of being one of the world’s greatest service companies. The move to this community meant greater opportunity to serve our new neighbors. Under the leadership of Graham Weston, with a vision for ‘building bridges not walls,’ that money was instead used to fund the beginning of the Rackspace Foundation.
How can we help
The Rackspace Foundation delves into the community, comprehending the strengths and challenges of each supported program to foster innovation and generate a positive impact.