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9/18/2014 12:00 AM

Foot Locker, through the Foot Locker Foundation, supports educational initiatives and programs that encourage health and well-being among the nation’s youth through physical activity.

OVERVIEW

Foot Locker is a leading global athletic retailer, with some 3,464 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Through its Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, SIX:02, Footaction, Champs Sports, Runners Point and Sidestep retail stores, as well as its Web-based sales channels, the company is the number-one seller of name-brand athletic footwear in the United States. For the 2014 fiscal year, the company posted sales of roughly $6.5 billion and employed about 43,500 workers worldwide.

GIVING

Foot Locker conducts its philanthropy mainly through the Foot Locker Foundation, which the company established in 2001 with the mission to promote a better world for today’s youth through support for educational initiatives and programs that encourage health and well-being through physical activity.

To that end, the foundation launched the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program in 2011. The program awards up to 20 scholarships of $20,000 each to students who demonstrate academic excellence and strong leadership skills in sports and within their local communities.

The foundation also has a long-standing partnership with the United Negro College Fund, for which Foot Locker raises money through its On Our Feet initiative. The annual event has raised millions of dollars for UNCF scholarships over the years, benefiting more than 700 individual students.

In addition, the foundation supports a number of national charitable groups, including the American Cancer Society, Fred Jordan Missions and the Two Ten Footwear Foundation. And the company encourages its customers to give to charity through the in-store promotion of local charitable groups and fundraising events.

For further information, visit the company’s website.

9/11/2014 12:00 AM

Dollar Tree’s charitable giving includes support for the arts, children’s health, the environment and socioeconomic improvement in areas where it operates.

OVERVIEW

Dollar Tree is one of the largest discount retailers in the country, operating more than 5,000 stores under the Dollar Tree, Deal$ and Dollar Bills monikers in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The company also operates nearly 150 Dollar Tree stores in Canada, bringing its total amount of retail space to some 44 million square feet. The company’s stores carry a constantly rotating mix of inventory ranging from kitchen and household items to health and beauty products, toys and gifts. As the name implies, the bulk of its wares are priced at a dollar or less. For the 2014 fiscal year, the company reported sales of about $7.8 billion and employed about 87,400 workers.

GIVING

Dollar Tree’s charitable giving is focused on efforts to improve the quality of life in the communities where its employees live and work. The company provides a mix of cash contributions, employee volunteerism and fundraising support for nonprofit partners working in the following general program areas:

  • Children. The company supports programs that improve children’s readiness to learn and ability to succeed in school.
  • The arts. Dollar Tree supports groups that promote broad-based participation in the arts and cultural activities in its communities.
  • Regional needs. The company targets funding for projects that preserve and increase access to the unique assets of the regions where it has major business operations.
  • The environment. The company supports a variety of groups and programs focused on regional environmental issues.
  • Socioeconomic issues. The company supports groups whose programs are focused on improving the quality of life for socioeconomically disadvantaged families.

Some examples of the company’s grantmaking in recent years include:

  • Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of military service members and wounded warriors. During the company’s annual National Toy Drive, Dollar Tree customers donate millions of toys to Operation Homefront. The toys are distributed at all U.S. military bases stateside just in time for the holidays. Dollar Tree also supports the troops and their families through a back-to-school supply collection, as well as a monetary donation given to support Operation Homefront military families in crisis and to help wounded military veterans when they return home.
  • Growing Wetlands in the Classroom. The company provides cash support for this project, developed by Lynnhaven River NOW and the Elizabeth River Project. Dollar Tree funding provides the equipment, training and support to area teachers and students to grow native grasses in their classrooms and transplant the grasses into different wetlands restoration areas throughout the region.
  • The Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Brighter Futures Scholarship Program. Annually, the Dollar Tree Scholars Program provides academic scholarships for students with financial need and academic promise.

For further information, visit the company’s website.

9/2/2014 12:00 AM

The Biogen Idec Foundation focuses its grantmaking mainly on education programs — especially STEM education — as well as community development initiatives.

OVERVIEW

Established in 1978, Biogen Idec is the world’s oldest independent biotechnology company. The company’s major focus areas include neurology and immunology, and its flagship products include Avonex for the treatment of multiple sclerosis; Tysabri for the treatment of MS and Crohn’s disease; and Rituxan for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis. All told, the company’s products are sold in more than 90 countries around the world. In 2013, Biogen Idec posted sales of about $6.9 billion and employed roughly 6,850 workers worldwide.

GIVING

Biogen Idec conducts its philanthropy mainly through the Biogen Idec Foundation, which the company established in 2001 with the goal to improve the quality of life and the vitality of local communities in areas where the company’s employees live and work.

Much of the foundation’s grants are directed to groups and projects that benefit the Greater Boston region as well as Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, N.C.—both of which are home to major Biogen Idec facilities.

The foundation’s core giving areas include:

  • STEM education. The company and its foundation provide significant support to a number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related programs and initiatives, including:
    • The Biomedical Science Careers Program. The foundation has been a long-time supporter of the Biomedical Science Careers Program, which was established in 1991 to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the health professions and the biomedical sciences. BSCP identifies academically outstanding minority students and trainees dreaming of a career in medicine, health care, science and biotechnology, and provides them with information, support and scholarships. In 2012, BSCP partnered with Biogen Idec to advance the career opportunities of its students through mentoring, speaking engagements and internships with the company.
    • The Museum of Science. The foundation awarded a $1 million grant to the Museum of Science in Boston to establish the Biogen Idec Science Education Fund, which will support interactive science education and outreach programs for middle and high school students across the state.
    • Teach For America. The foundation recently awarded a $100,000 grant to support Teach For America programs in Massachusetts and eastern North Carolina to promote STEM education.
    • The Museum of Life and Science. A $65,000 grant was awarded to this museum to support its Investigate Health Laboratory, a hands-on exhibit that attracts more than 32,000 visitors annually to participate in guided science experiments in a fun and engaging atmosphere, exploring topics in chemistry, biology, physics and more.
  • K–12 science programming. The company provides microgrants of $250 to $2,500 to schools and nonprofits to extend their work in science education. The foundation awards dozens of these microgrants each year, supporting groups such as:
    • Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, Mass., for an engineering design program where students design and build remote-controlled rovers and race cars.
    • Somerville High School in Somerville, Mass., for a group of 100 ninth graders to embark on an ecology field trip to explore species diversity, test water quality and conduct experiments on the ocean shoreline.
    • Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, N.C., for a class project utilizing data analysis technology.
    • North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, N.C., for a residential summer enrichment program designed to further inspire minority students at the school to pursue STEM careers.
  • Academic matching gifts. Through this program, the foundation matches up to $5,000 in donations made by employees and its board of directors to qualified colleges and universities in the United States. In 2012, the foundation awarded more than $150,000 in academic matching gifts.
  • Promoting strong communities. The foundation also provides grants to empower and support local community needs, including general education, human services, and culture and the arts. Some of the initiatives supported in recent years include:
    • The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Kids Café program, which provides healthy meals five evenings per week to 1,000 children, ages five to 18, who are at high risk of hunger.
    • The Meals on Wheels Wake Forest Adopt-a-Day program, developed as a means to bridge the growing gap that exists between the need for homebound meal delivery services and funding for the program in Wake County, N.C.
    • The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, to present programs that exhibit the artwork of ethnically and culturally diverse artists to educate the community about diversity and to make arts facilities available to the community.

Additional information is available on the company’s website.

News Briefs
9/10/2014 12:00 AM

Medtronic launched a $17 million initiative to support projects that expand access to care and management of chronic, noncommunicable diseases.

Medtronic Philanthropy, the charitable giving arm of medical device maker Medtronic, has launched a new $17 million initiative to support community-based demonstration projects that expand access to care and management of chronic, noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. The program, dubbed HealthRise, will be launched in select communities in Brazil, India, South Africa and the United States. HealthRise projects will include comprehensive community health system assessments led by public health experts, community organizations and local leaders to identify barriers and gaps within that system for underserved populations, followed by grants to local organizations to improve community-based health care services that help people living with chronic diseases better manage their day-to-day health. Using a “Continuum of Care” approach, the grants will primarily be used to recruit and train frontline health care workers, conduct patient empowerment and education programs and support local stakeholder engagement and policy efforts that will advance access to NCD health care, Medtronic said.

News Briefs
9/3/2014 12:00 AM

The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation awarded $3 million to Sonoma State University for the construction of a new wine industry education center on campus.

The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Wine Spectator magazine, has awarded a $3 million grant to California’s Sonoma State University to support the construction of the new home for SSU’s Wine Business Institute, which will be named the Wine Spectator Learning Center. Located in the heart of Sonoma County, SSU’s Wine Business Institute was founded in 1996 as the first academic program in the United States to offer degrees focused exclusively on the business aspects of the wine industry. Programs like the Executive MBA in Wine Business and online Certificate in Wine Business Management prepare students and industry professionals on topics such as accounting and finance, wine sales and marketing. Upon completion, the 5,000-square-foot building will be organized around three focal areas: an education core with three classrooms; a student commons with areas for collaboration and student-run businesses; and an industry center with space for professional and academic faculty and program leadership, the university said.

News Briefs
8/25/2014 12:00 AM

SunTrust Banks awarded a $250,000 grant to Orlando Health for the construction of a new patient tower in central Florida.

Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks has awarded a $250,000 grant to Orlando Health, a community-based network of physician practices, hospitals and care centers in central Florida, for the construction of a new patient tower. According to the company, the donation—the latest in an 80-year philanthropic partnership between the two entities—will support Orlando Regional Medical Center’s new redesign and renovation project, which is currently under way. The project will allow the hospital to foster a new patient experience, including greater accessibility to clinical experts, more coordinated and collaborated care, advanced diagnostics and more timely results, the foundation said.

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    Nicholas King
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    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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