Our Mission:

  • Improve and expand opportunities for U.S. workers in the digital economy

  • Support digital literacy education and skills programs

  • Inspire and lead employer engagement

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The Foundation Appoints Executive Director

As the first full-time executive for the Foundation, Executive Director Kristen Titus will be responsible for advancing the Foundation’s mission to improve and expand opportunities for U.S. workers in the digital economy. Titus was previously the chief technology and innovation officer for New York State and was also the founding executive director of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline and Girls Who Code.

Digital Skills for a Digital Future

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, there will be a 1.4-million-person gap between software development jobs and qualified applicants to fill these positions in the U.S. The Cognizant U.S. Foundation will be central in paving the way for the next generation of workers—equipping a broader range of people with STEM education and skills they need to succeed in the digital economy.

Cognizant U.S. Foundation Donates $1.5 Million to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Developing New York City's Digital Workforce

November 20, 2018

A $2 million grant was awarded to New York City-based Civic Hall, a non-profit innovation center focused on advancing the use of technology for public good. The grant will fund a new digital skills training program for New York City non-profit agencies and residents.

Initially, the grant will fund research to benchmark best practices in technology workforce development and digital skills training – including insights on internships, employer engagement, metrics and data collection –  from around the U.S. 

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Our First Step to Close the Gap

May 1, 2018


The Cognizant U.S. Foundation’s first grant of $1.5 million was awarded to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. The grant aims to specifically fund a digital literacy program for an estimated 375 students and provide the necessary highly-skilled staff to strengthen existing training programs. These programs are expected to benefit an additional 4,000 students in related STEM programs over the next three years. 

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The Cognizant U.S. Foundation is eager to support organizations aligned to our mission to close the skills gap and position America’s workers for the Digital economy. If your organization wishes to join us in this journey and wants to be considered for a grant from the Foundation, please submit your details on the following page.