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11/22/2015 12:00 AM

Big Heart Pet Brands’ charitable giving program, dubbed Heart to Paw, supports nonprofit organizations focused on pets and animal welfare.


Formerly the pet products division of Del Monte Foods, Big Heart Pet Brands is the largest U.S. standalone producer, distributor and marketer of branded pet food and pet snacks. The company’s portfolio of dog and cat food and treats strives to cater to every pet life stage. The company’s brands include Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Kibbles ’n Bits, 9Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni and Gravy Train, among others. Its products are available through grocery stores, warehouse clubs, specialty pet stores and supercenters, primarily in the United States. In early 2015, it was acquired by the J. M. Smucker Company. In 2014, it reported sales of about $2.2 billion.


Big Heart Pet Brands’ charitable giving program, dubbed Heart to Paw, allocates roughly half a million dollars to nonprofit organizations focused on pets and animal welfare. Heart to Paw has four main components:

  • The “Big Heart” grant. Big Heart Pet Brands employees vote for the recipient of this $50,000 grant, which in 2014 was awarded to RedRover, which works to help animals in crisis and strengthen the bond between people and pets. In addition to the grant, the company supported RedRover by helping spread the word about the organization’s recent Kickstarter campaign.
  • Employee-led grants. Many Big Heart Pet Brands employees are involved in pet-related charities, and this program allows them to further their involvement by championing those groups and nominating them for one of 12 $20,000 grants awarded by the company annually. A committee made up of employee volunteers is responsible for reviewing the proposals and awarding the 12 grants throughout the year.
  • Matching gifts. Big Heart Pet Brands provides a dollar-for-dollar match to employee donations to a diverse range of causes important to its employees and the communities where they live and work. And the company gives special priority to pet-centric organizations, providing a 1.5-to-1 match to any employee donation to a pet organization.
  • Pet food and treat donations. Big Heart Pet Brands donates thousands of pounds of pet food and treats to hundreds of pet organizations nationwide. These donations are often made at the local level through individual manufacturing plants, many of which have formed long-lasting donation relationships with local pet organizations.

For further information, visit the company’s website.

11/16/2015 12:00 AM

Freeport-McMoRan’s charitable giving is focused on the areas of education, health and economic development in the local communities where the company has operations.


Freeport-McMoRan Inc., formerly Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, is a leading natural resources company with a global portfolio of mineral assets, oil and gas resources and a growing production profile. Its portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits; significant mining operations in the Americas, including the large-scale Morenci minerals district in North America and the Cerro Verde operation in South America; the Tenke Fungurume minerals district in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and significant U.S. oil and natural gas assets. In 2014, the company reported estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of 390 million barrels of oil equivalent, posted sales of roughly $21.4 billion and employed about 35,000 workers.


Freeport-McMoRan’s charitable giving combines direct corporate contributions as well as grantmaking through the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation and separate charitable trusts established in Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia.

In all cases, resources are focused on the areas of education, health and economic development in the local communities where the company has operations.

Some examples of initiatives supported by the company in the United States include:

  • Women’s Development Grants. The Freeport-McMoRan Women’s Development Grants program was established with the goal of supporting specific programs and projects that focus on providing women and/or girls opportunities to reach their full potential and achieve economic success. These programs and projects include initiatives in the areas of education, physical/mental health and wellness, entrepreneurship/employment, mentoring or leadership development, with a goal of increasing access to and availability of key services critical to women’s equal participation and success in their communities.
  • The Native American Partnership Fund. The NAPF was established to support projects in designated Native American reservation communities that address priority issues and needs identified through ongoing engagement between Freeport-McMoRan and tribal leaders/community members. Priority areas for the fund include education and workforce training, health and wellness, and cultural preservation.
  • Science, technology, engineering and math education. The company supports a variety of programs and initiatives that improve STEM education, with the aim to help students acquire the skills necessary for success in a global, knowledge-based economy and society. The company looks for programs that increase student interest, improve teacher quality and confidence and ultimately improve student achievement and outcomes in STEM disciplines, with the ultimate goal of inspiring them to pursue postsecondary degrees or career and technical certifications—and, ultimately, careers—in mining and other STEM-related industries.
  • As part of this, the company offers STEM Innovation Grants to support K–12 teachers and schools in their efforts to develop, improve or expand innovative instructional programs in STEM subjects. Since the program’s inception in 2008, more than $680,000 has been invested in STEM projects benefiting K–12 schools in Freeport-McMoRan communities.

  • Mini-Grants for Education. These grants, ranging up to $500 each, are designed to support K–12 teachers and schools in Freeport-McMoRan communities. Since 2006, nearly $488,000 has been granted through the Mini-Grants program for classroom projects ranging from field trips to literacy efforts to incentives for student performance.
  • Employee matching gifts. The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation matches employee contributions of $25 or more, up to an annual maximum of $40,000. The first $1,000 contributed per eligible nonprofit organization is matched on a two-for-one basis, and any amount above $1,000 is matched dollar for dollar. In 2013, the foundation awarded over $5 million to organizations through the matching gift program.
  • The Employee Volunteer Fund. Freeport-McMoRan encourages and supports its employees that give back to their communities by awarding grants for volunteer hours served. When an employee volunteers a minimum of 25 hours a year with a nonprofit organization, the organization is eligible to earn a grant of up to $500.
  • High-Grade Helpers Employee Volunteer Program. Company-sponsored volunteer opportunities for employees and their families are managed through the High-Grade Helpers program, which gives employees an opportunity to apply their skills to help their communities grow and thrive. High-Grade Helper volunteer projects include park cleanups, food drives, STEM education mentoring and other skills-based activities.
  • In addition to the ongoing volunteer activities throughout the year, Freeport-McMoRan employees worldwide serve their communities during the company’s annual Global Volunteer Month, which coordinates site-supported projects focused on a selected theme, such as youth development, health and wellness, and environmental stewardship.

  • The United Way. Freeport-McMoRan partners with the United Way and runs an employee campaign to raise funds for the United Way chapters located in its operating communities. Employee contributions are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match from the company’s foundation. More than $7.6 million was raised in combined employee contributions and matching funds from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation during the 2014 United Way employee giving campaign.
  • Disaster relief. The company supports disaster relief efforts by matching employee donations to relief agencies after disaster events. Through the years, the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation gifts combined with employee contributions and matching funds raised:
    • $190,000 for tornado relief in the midwestern United States.
    • $1.3 million for Japanese earthquake relief.
    • $5 million for Chilean earthquake relief.
    • Over $800,000 for Haitian earthquake relief.

The company’s community investments abroad are largely directed at education, economic improvement, community development, and health and wellness initiatives.

For example, in Indonesia, the company supports economic development and infrastructure programs, education and training programs, community public health programs and other community development initiatives, including nearly $8 million in the provision of community health and malaria control services.

In the DRC, the company recently supported community infrastructure development, including expansion of the local water system, the construction of administrative offices at two local schools and classroom projects at six other elementary schools serving over 3,000 students.

And in Peru, the company supported local educational institutions, providing computers, equipment for libraries, and audiovisual equipment and additional training for teachers.

For more information, visit the company’s website.

Best Practices
11/3/2015 12:00 AM

Donors should look for financial sustainability and entrepreneurial thinking at the nonprofits they support, one expert says.

With corporate foundations and other grantmakers beginning to plan their contributions for the next year, they should consider a number of issues and aspects of potential recipients before committing their funding, according to Chris Purdy, CEO of DKT International, a global nonprofit focused on promoting reproductive health and contraception in developing countries. As part of his Nonprofit Donor Checklist, Purdy annually lays out what he sees as the key characteristics of leading, effective nonprofits, with the goal of guiding donors in their giving decisions.

For this year’s Donor Checklist, Purdy highlights the following attributes found in the most impactful charities:

  • Financial sustainability. According to Purdy, donors should look for nonprofits whose programs recover a significant portion of their costs through revenues.
  • “Nonprofits that are actively searching for ways to recover costs and create efficiencies provide a more compelling and effective use of donor resources because they are leveraging more impact,” he said.

    Additionally, nonprofits that have resources that are not donor-driven gain independence and can invest in programs and strategies for which there is little donor support, he said.

    “By reducing dependence on donors, they can take more risks and innovate—this ends up making stronger organizations,” he said.

  • Cross-subsidization. Another item Purdy says is common in highly impactful organizations is cross-subsidization—that is, programs and services that make the organization money that is then spent on providing similar services to needy individuals at reduced rates or free of charge.
  • “Cross-subsidization comes easier when there is a concrete product that is sold, but there may be many subtle ways to begin incorporating this thinking,” Purdy said. The key is to look for nonprofits that can generate profit off a portion of the services they offer to those who can afford to pay, so that they can continue offering their services for free to those who can’t.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit. Purdy also advises grantmakers to look for nonprofits that display an entrepreneurial spirit—where managers are empowered to “use the tools of the commercial marketplace” to achieve a social purpose.
  • “Entrepreneurs take risks to produce results, usually with a minimum of bureaucracy and time,” Purdy said. “When addressing social problems, NGOs all too often get stuck in process and lose sight of scale and cost. NGO managers would do well to employ more of the skills sets used in entrepreneurial settings, such as strong financial and administrative systems that reduce bureaucracy, laser-like focus on producing quantifiable results and empowering employees to make decisions that lead to those results.”

  • Decentralization. When it comes to major international nonprofit organizations with operations around the world, Purdy favors those with a decentralized structure where strategic and programmatic responsibility is delegated to field offices in individual countries.
  • “Large head offices tend to slow things down and consume vast resources,” he said. “Decentralizing decision-making and delegating authority, responsibility and accountability to field teams empowers those staff who best understand the constraints and opportunities on the ground. It further facilitates a sense of ownership on those decisions and their outcomes as opposed to the feeling that results were a product of decisions made by others,” he said.

    Decentralization usually means fewer people and procedures at the headquarters level and that a greater percentage of resources go to programs in the field, which is also attractive to donors, he said.

  • Rigorous measurement. Lastly, he said, every program or service offered by the nonprofit should be rigorously measured by relevant “yardsticks,” and nonprofits should compile annual statistics demonstrating their impact.
  • “If impact is the yardstick by which we measure our mission’s success, the metrics determining that impact should be clear for all to see, including employees, stakeholders and donors,” he said. “These metrics should be easily and publicly available and measured consistently over time.”

To read Purdy’s Nonprofit Donor Checklist in full, visit

News Briefs
11/30/2015 12:00 AM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center recognized eight companies for their accomplishments in corporate citizenship.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center recently recognized eight companies for their accomplishments in corporate citizenship during the 16th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. The awards program honors businesses for their significant positive impacts in communities around the world. Companies receiving awards include IBM Discovery Education, GE, Citi Group, UPS, Kate Spade, Shell Oil and Xylem. Full details can be found at the USCCF website.

News Briefs
11/25/2015 12:00 AM

Accenture has awarded a mix of cash and pro bono support worth $1.2 million to Upwardly Global to expand and enhance its national job training program.

Accenture has awarded a mix of cash and pro bono support worth $1.2 million to Upwardly Global to help the organization expand and enhance its national job training program and equip 1,700 unemployed and underemployed immigrants and refugees with career skills. The award will enable Upwardly Global to secure jobs for 750 of these individuals and help the nonprofit pilot new ways to scale its training program to reach more immigrants and refugees across the United States, Accenture said. For the pro bono portion of the award, Accenture will enhance the nonprofit’s Online Employment Training Program by improving its core training curriculum, building online learning communities by industry and creating a virtual network for job seekers to interact with peers, volunteers and alumni. Developed in part by Accenture, the online program helps skilled immigrants and refugees rebuild their professional careers through access to free interactive trainings on job search skills, résumé writing, interviewing and networking.

News Briefs
11/20/2015 12:00 AM

The Micron Foundation awarded a $25 million grant to Boise State University to establish a new Center for Materials Research.

The Micron Foundation awarded a $25 million grant to Boise State University to establish a new Center for Materials Research, operated by the College of Engineering that will have a transformational impact on the field of engineering and materials research. The Center for Materials Research will allow Boise State to better answer industry’s call for a more broadly based, technically fluent workforce, the foundation said. Students earning a degree in materials science and engineering contribute to many scientific disciplines, including manufacturing technology, new materials, cancer research, energy studies, space and aeronautics, and the development of new sensors and microelectronic devices. The gift is the latest in a series of grants from Micron since 1996, when it awarded a $6 million grant to build a new engineering complex for Boise State’s College of Engineering. Additional gifts from Micron and the Micron Foundation helped establish undergraduate and Ph.D. programs in electrical and computer engineering and materials science and engineering.


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    Nicholas King

    Nicholas King has served as editor of Corporate Philanthropy Report since 2007, and he continues to be impressed with the philanthropic efforts of the nation’s business sector.

    Drawing on an educational background in English and environmental policy, Nicholas began his journalism career in 2000 when he was brought on as editor of Environmental Laboratory Washington Report, a niche-market subscription-based newsletter serving the environmental testing industry. After seven years of honing his craft, Nicholas expanded his writing/editing portfolio to an entirely new field of interest - corporate philanthropy. As editor of Corporate Philanthropy Report, he stays abreast of the latest developments affecting corporate giving—and the charitable/nonprofit sector more broadly—providing his readers the “need to know” information vital for making the best use of their limited charitable dollars.

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