The Burger King Foundation

The Burger KingSM Foundation

Established in 2005 in honour of co-founder James “Jim” McLamore, the Foundation has been committed to empowering individuals and feeding their potential through education and emergency relief. As a leading non-profit, the Foundation proudly supports programs that span across 42 countries worldwide. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported over 250,000 children and families through education programs and employee emergency relief grants.

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Burger King Scholars Program

Through the Burger King Scholars Program, the Foundation has awarded over $55 million to over 45,000 students across North America since 2000. The Foundation’s goal is to grant one scholarship for every BK restaurant in North America, translating to more than $7 million each year!

The Burger King Scholars program provides scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $60,000 to high school students and BK employees and their families. Scholarships are intended to offset the cost of attending college/university or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected through an application process that takes into consideration their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service. In 2022 alone, the Foundation awarded over $4.6 million in scholarships to nearly 4,000 students.

Scholarships awarded
since 2000


Literacy Program

Globally, the Foundation partners with select non-profits to support education, focusing on literacy and youth development. To date, the Foundation has positively impacted over 180,000 children worldwide through over 200 education projects, including building schools and libraries, funding curricula, and supporting education for students in rural communities.

Education projects


Burger King Emergency Fund

Created to help Burger King restaurant team members in times of need and unexpected hardship, the Emergency Fund offers emergency grants of up to $4,500 to provide short-term assistance, including rebuilding after house fires, deaths, natural disasters, medical emergencies, and more. Since its inception, the Emergency Fund has distributed over $3 million to more than 2,000 team members.

Distributed in emergency relief
since inception


Burger King Community Initiatives

In addition to the Foundation, Burger King and restaurant owners support numerous local and regional initiatives across the globe each year. Initiatives such as in-restaurant fundraising allow us to make a lasting impact in the communities we are proud to be a part of.

Learn more about how our brands are supporting communities:


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