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WHAT IS CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY?

These companies encompass a broad variety of industries, but they all have one thing in common: they value corporate social responsibility. But what is corporate social responsibility, or CSR?CSR is a term used to describe a company’s efforts to improve their society in some way, whether that’s a local school or organization, a regional project, or even a national or international strategy. These efforts range from financially supporting a nonprofit working on a relevant cause, implementing socially responsible practices, or donating time or capital goods where they are needed.There are two primary types of corporate philanthropy that nonprofits can take advantage of:Matching gifts, which is when a company matches a gift made to a nonprofit by one of their employees.Volunteer grants, which are when a company makes a financial donation to a nonprofit after their employee volunteers a certain number of hours.

Read on to learn more about the other organizations that are willing to donate to charity causes!

TECHNOLOGY – DONATION REQUESTS

Adobe – Adobe regularly donates software and other technology products to nonprofits. According to Adobe, their “product donations enable [nonprofits] to develop compelling, visually rich companies that increase the visibility of their social causes.” In 4 years, they donated $215 million in products.

Best Buy – If your nonprofit is interested in receiving a grant from Best Buy, you’ll first need to complete an online quiz to determine your eligibility. Best Buy only distributes grants to nonprofits that focus on promoting technological literacy.

Boeing – Boeing donates to specific events, organizations, and projects whose missions coincide with Boeing’s business and brand strategies. Nonprofits must explain the benefits that come with the partnership and give positive exposure for the Boeing brand.

Cisco – Cisco offers two types of cash grants: the Global Impact Cash Grant and the Silicon Valley Impact Cash Grant. Organizations that apply for either of these grants must provide proof of their 501(c)(3) status and must submit their application online (paper applications not accepted).

Dell – Dell offers both charitable donations and corporate sponsorships to eligible nonprofits. All proposals must be submitted through Dell’s online portal and are reviewed within 4-6 weeks. Requests must contain information about how Dell’s technology will be integrated into the event.

GE – General Electric does not accept unsolicited donation requests. Instead, they select organizations whose mission aligns with their philanthropic goals. GE focuses on global health, economic growth, entrepreneurship, and education.

Google – Google offers several opportunities for nonprofits interested in technology, coding, and computers. Particularly through the Google Ad Grants program, eligible nonprofits can receive up to $10,000 in ad credits every month to place relevant pages (like donation forms, event landing pages, and mission-specific educational content) at the top of search results pages. Google Ad Grant consulting agencies like Getting Attention can help you navigate the application process, plan your campaigns, and keep your account activated. If you’re interested in learning more before hiring a consultant, check out this complete guide to Google Ad Grants for Nonprofits.

RETAILERS – DONATION REQUESTS

Amazon – Amazon offers several different grant options for nonprofits. They offer Kindles to underserved communities, give back to organizations through Amazon Local Love, and donate to nonprofits that aid in disaster relief.

American Eagle – American Eagle donates $25 gift cards to high school and college-sponsored events that have a charitable motive. They also make financial grants to select nonprofits that focus on conservation, women’s health, and youth empowerment.

Costco – Costco’s donation program is specifically directed at nonprofits that focus on kids, education, or health and human services. The organization must also be in the same neighborhood as a Costco store.

Dick’s Sporting Goods – Dick’s Sporting Goods offers cash donations and sponsorships to sports teams and leagues as well as outdoor recreational organizations in communities where they have a presence.

eBay – eBay makes donations to nonprofits through its “eBay for Charity” program. Sellers can choose to donate a portion of their item sales to certain nonprofits. Nonprofits can also host their online auctions on eBay’s site.

Gap – Gap offers matching grants, volunteer grants, and board service grants to nonprofits whenever a Gap employee donates to, volunteers with, or serves on the board of a charitable organization. Grant amounts range from $150 to $10,000.

JC Penney – JC Penney offers grants to nonprofits in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area. These nonprofits must serve the military or veterans, must focus on hunger or education, or have a mission related to health and welfare.

Johnson & Johnson – Johnson & Johnson’s corporate philanthropy efforts focus on improving the health of moms, infants, and children. They also support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment for chronic conditions, and the healthcare workforce.

Macy’s – Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s focus their giving on their core focus areas: arts and culture, education, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and women’s issues (including health and domestic violence). Last year, they donated $27 million to over 5,000 nonprofits.

Neiman Marcus – By next year, Neiman Marcus will contribute 70% of its charitable donations to nonprofits that focus on youth art education. The other 30% goes toward other nonprofit programs and services.

Nike – Nike accepts product donation requests through their online application. They don’t accept donation requests for nonprofits outside the U.S. or the Netherlands. They also don’t accept unsolicited cash proposals or hard copy donation requests.

Nordstrom – In order to be eligible for a Nordstrom cash grant, your nonprofit must benefit a community where Nordstrom has a presence and detail how the funds will benefit others or further your nonprofit’s mission.

Office Depot – The Office Depot Foundation donates to local schools and nonprofits to help them further their missions. They also help businesses open their doors and get back on their feet after a natural disaster.

Reebok – The Reebok Foundation offers grants to nonprofits that are in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. They also focus their charitable efforts on inspiring young people to be their physical, mental, and social best.

Target – Target offers arts grants, social services grants, public safety grants, and educational grants. Some of these grants are only offered to nonprofits in the seven-county Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area. Target grants can be used for general operations.

Walmart – Walmart offers community grants that range from $250 to $2,500. Nonprofits must submit online applications by the end of the calendar year. Organizations can submit up to 25 grant requests each year.

AIRLINES – DONATION REQUESTS

Alaska Airlines – Alaska Airlines makes donations to medical and emergency research, social and community services, educational institutions, and arts and culture nonprofits. Organizations can apply at any time via their online application.

American Airlines – American Airlines has chosen to focus their philanthropic efforts in four areas: kids and families, breast cancer research, military and veterans, and disaster relief. They also provide free airfare for military members and families.

Delta Airlines – If your nonprofit wants to request a donation from Delta Airlines, you’ll need to submit the paperwork at least 6 weeks in advance. Organizations can also request monetary sponsorships for fundraising events and projects.

Frontier Airlines – Nonprofits that want to ask for charitable donations from Frontier Airlines must submit a request a least 6 weeks in advance. Churches, labor groups, political organizations, schools, and sports teams are not eligible to apply for a grant.

JetBlue – JetBlue Airlines accepts sponsorship requests for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits must submit a request at least 3 months before their fundraising event or need. The process takes anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks.

Southwest Airlines – Donation requests for a Southwest Airlines grant must be submitted at least 60 days in advance of the fundraising need. Nonprofits can only apply once a year, and only U.S.-based organizations are eligible to apply.

Spirit Airlines – Spirit Airlines focuses its philanthropy on events and nonprofits that deal with health/medical fields, education, and the military. Requests must be submitted 8 weeks before the event or need. They do not donate to online auctions.

United Airlines – United Airlines makes a difference in their communities by making in-kind donations, encouraging employee volunteerism, and by distributing cash grants (on a limited basis).

HOTELS AND RESORTS – DONATION REQUESTS

Best Western – Best Western focuses on three areas of philanthropy: poverty relief, education, and disaster relief. They work with networks like World Vision and Kiva to help families and kids in underprivileged countries and communities around the world.

Choice Hotels – Choice brand hotels have partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to help young people across the country enhance their local communities. They also distribute financial matching gifts via the Choice Hotels International Foundation.

Disney – Last year alone, Disney donated more than $330 million to nonprofits that assist children and their families. Disney demonstrates their support through cash grants, in-kind donations, and public service announcements.

Hilton Worldwide – Nonprofits can submit their grant applications to Hilton’s Contributions Review Committee. The application requires basic information, a project budget and timeline, and details about the project’s expected achievements.

Host Hotels – Host Hotels allows their employees to choose which charity they would like to donate to each and every month. They also support over 125 community investments that are also selected by their employees.

InterContinental Hotels Group – InterContinental accepts donation requests from nonprofits that focus on environmental sustainability, economic opportunity, and disaster relief. The IHG Foundation also helps local communities and focuses on sustainability.

Marriott – Marriott accepts donation requests from organizations that focus on one or more of the following areas: shelter and food, the environment, readiness for hotel careers, children, global diversity and inclusion. Requests must be made online.

SeaWorld – SeaWorld has partnered with charities that focus on healthcare and animals. Specifically, they donate to hospitals, organizations that serve kids with disabilities, and animal shelter and rescue groups. 

Universal – Universal primarily donates theme park tickets to nonprofits that focus on youth education, community development, and coincide with Universal’s core values. All applications must be made online within a few months of the need.

Wyndham Worldwide – Wyndham Worldwide focuses on three areas of philanthropy: conservation, education, and wellness. Within each of these three categories, Wyndham contributes to events and nonprofits like the Christel House, the Special Olympics, and more.

RESTAURANTS AND FOOD – DONATION REQUESTS

Albertson’s – If a nonprofit wants to ask Albertson’s for a donation, they must make the donation request at least 8 weeks before the event or fundraising need. Nonprofits must provide details about their organization as well as the fundraising event.

Burger King – While each Burger King franchise owner is in charge of handling their restaurant’s specific donation requests, the company as a whole has a “Benefit Night” program where 20% of all sales from a particular night will go toward a nonprofit or school.

Chick-fil-A – Chick-fil-A donates surplus food to local shelters and soup kitchen through their “Chick-fil-A Shared Table” program. They also help victims and first responders during and after natural disasters. Individual restaurants also host fundraising and benefit nights.

Coca Cola –  All donation requests for Coca Cola must be submitted online. Nonprofits can apply year-round, and there is no dollar limitation for these community grants. Nonprofits can also request product donations from Coca Cola.

Darden Restaurants – Since the mid 1990s, Darden Restaurant Group (which includes restaurants such as Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, and LongHorn) has donated more than $82 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.

Dunkin’ Donuts – Dunkin’ Donuts’ “The Joy In Childhood Foundation” helps sick and hungry children across the country. They have donated over $11 million to hundreds of national and local charities all across the United States.

The Fresh Market – The Fresh Market has a quarterly budget for in-kind or product donations. Each store also provides regular donations to food banks in their area. They also have strategic partnerships with several national nonprofits.

General Mills – General Mills focuses their philanthropy on three areas: increasing community food security, the sustainability of agriculture, and protecting natural resources. General Mills also runs the Box Tops for Education program.

Kroger – Organizations can make donation requests to Kroger or any of their partner grocery stores. Nonprofits must be involved in one of the following focus areas: hunger relief, women’s health, education, the environment, or diversity.

McDonald’s – Through the Ronald McDonald House Charities, McDonald’s supports families and children all over the country. Their Courtesy Corporation supports local communities by donating to events that correspond with McDonald’s core values.

Pepsi – In the past 10 years, Pepsi has donated nearly a billion dollars in cash grants and product donations. They primarily make grants to nonprofits that focus on encouraging healthy lifestyles, improving the availability of affordable nutrition, and the environment.

Publix – If your nonprofit is interested in a grant or sponsorship from Publix, you must mail or fax your request at least a month before you need the funds. Publix only supports organizations that focus on young people, education, and homelessness.

Starbucks – As of last year, the Starbucks Foundation changed their grant system to an invitation-only style. Starbucks now selects their grant recipients based on how much impact they think the grant will have in that nonprofit’s area.

Subway – Subway’s corporate social responsibility efforts span from environmental leadership and sustainable sourcing to nutritional leadership and sponsorships and donations. They will accept online donation requests from schools and nonprofits.

Walmart – Walmart offers community grants that range from $250 to $2,500. Nonprofits must submit online applications by the end of the calendar year. Organizations can submit up to 25 grant requests each year.

Whole Foods – Nonprofits are encouraged to make donation requests to the Whole Foods Market closest to their organization. Whole Foods asks that organizations submit applications within 8 weeks of the fundraising need.

OIL AND ENERGY – DONATION REQUESTS

ExxonMobil – ExxonMobil contributes to organizations that they’ve worked with in the past. They focus on helping local organizations, as well as nonprofits across the world with education-, healthcare-, and environmental-related causes.

Valero – The Valero Energy Foundation contributes an average of $16 million to support local organizations of various causes, including education, healthcare, arts and culture, and basic needs.

Chevron – Chevron helps nonprofits with causes related to education and healthcare. They’ve invested over $80 million in education worldwide with their Fuel Your School program that helps teachers and schools receive the funds they need for supplies.

Marathon Petroleum – The Marathon Petroleum Corporation believes in promoting and investing in the health and vitality of the communities they operate in. They help local organizations in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, and Texas.

Conoco Phillips – Conoco Phillips accepts donation requests from April 1 to July 31 of every year. This oil and gas company will support organizations that align with one of their four giving categories: education, health and safety, natural resources, and civic and arts.

Chesapeake Energy – Chesapeake Energy partners with organizations that focus on four core areas — STEM education, environment, emergency and disaster response, and community development. Organizations can request financial contributions or in-kind donations.

American Electric Power – American Electric Power (AEP) sponsors special programs to encourage economic growth and improved education for private and public schools. To qualify for a contribution, your nonprofit must be located in one of AEP’s service territories.

Duke Energy – Duke Energy has three investment priorities: education, environment, and community impact. The Duke Energy Foundation has given over $30 million in charitable grants and continues to support organizations.

Dominion – Awarding each nonprofit an average of $8,000, Dominion offers grants to organizations primarily in the areas they service. They have a special program — The Environmental Education and Stewardship grants program  where they contribute specifically to public and private schools.

BP – The BP Foundation offers support to organizations with missions in STEM education, economic development, environmental issues, and humanitarian relief. However, they only support requests submitted by BP businesses.

CHILDREN’S TOYS – DONATION REQUESTS

Brilliant Sky Toys and Books – Brilliant Sky Toys and Books accepts in-kind donation requests from organizations for events and projects. Your nonprofit can either apply online or in-store.

Mattel – Mattel accepts toy donation requests from January 1 to September 30 every year. Eligible organizations must serve children in the US. However, Mattel doesn’t accept requests from schools or universities, daycares, or religious organizations.

Toys”R”Us – The Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund provides support to organizations in the communities that they service. They offer in-kind donations, as well as monetary contributions.

LEGO – LEGO supports organizations and projects that promote children’s play, learning, and creativity and support marginalized and vulnerable children. LEGO doesn’t give financial contributions; all their donations are in the form of in-kind gifts.

Crayola – The Crayola Cares program helps fund organizations that serve arts, education, health and welfare, and civic affairs. Organizations must be located in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

Build-A-Bear – The goal at Build-A-Bear is to inspire kids to be helpful, empowered, accepting, and respectful team players. They give in-kind donations and grants between $5,000 and $50,000.

JAKKS – The JAKKS Cares Foundation focuses on contributing to organizations that serve underprivileged children, families following natural disasters, and holiday and back-to-school giving programs.

Hasbro – Hasbro created the Gift of Play program to support nonprofit organizations that provide care for children, including hospitals and shelters. However, they do not accept unsolicited donation requests.

AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS – DONATION REQUESTS

General Motors – The purpose of the General Motors Foundation is to promote economic growth around the world through STEM education, vehicle and road safety, and sustainable communities. They offer support in the form of disaster relief and community grants.

Ford Motor Company – Ford Motor Company has invested a total of over $1.5 billion to organizations in need. Nonprofits with causes relating to community life, education, and motor safety are welcome to apply.

Toyota – The Toyota USA Foundation wants to enhance the quality of education, and supports nonprofits with similar missions. When the foundation’s board reviews an application, they look for significant need, innovation and creativity, and the program’s ability to measure results.

Nissan – The Nissan Foundation has awarded 27 nonprofits a total of $700,000 in grants and still continues to support nonprofits with missions that center around cultural diversity, education, and arts.

Honda – The American Honda Foundation was established to help the local communities where Honda resides. Honda supports organizations who are imaginative, creative, forward thinking, and innovative.

BMW – BMW supports organizations that focus on education and culture. To apply for a corporate sponsorship, your nonprofit needs to be serving the communities where BMW associates live and work.

Chrysler – The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Foundation assists organizations with missions in youth development, education, military and veteran assistance, and community service. However, applications for funding are accepted by invitation only.

Mercedes-Benz – Mercedes-Benz supports the communities it operates in by giving grants to education-related causes, as well as organizations that focus on sustainability and military support.

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