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7/15/2014 12:00 AM

Eastman Chemical Co. supports civics groups, education programs, health and human services, and arts and culture in the communities where the company operates.

OVERVIEW

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. The company is a major producer of specialty fibers, rubbers and plastics that go into products ranging from food and medical packaging and film to toothbrushes and cigarette filters, to name a few. Other Eastman products make their way to end users in the transportation, building and construction industries. Serving customers in approximately 100 countries, Eastman posted revenues of approximately $9.4 billion in 2013 and employed about 14,000 people around the world.

GIVING

Eastman’s philanthropy is conducted mainly through the Eastman Chemical Company Foundation, which was established in 1993 to support nonprofit organizations that create sustainable community improvement in the following areas:

  • Civic and community improvement. This includes neighborhood support and business and economic development.
  • Health and human services. Eastman and the foundation provide both funding and volunteers for United Way agencies in communities where the company has operations. Contributions to other health and human services groups is limited to situations where the funding would show “significant additional value.”
  • Education. The foundation awards grants to universities, colleges and innovative educational initiatives that emphasize literacy, math, science and technology.
  • Arts and culture. This includes performing arts organizations, arts and cultural funds and councils, and performance sponsorships and educational outreach programs.

By far, education-oriented groups and programs receive the lion’s share of Eastman’s charitable contributions. In the early 1990s, the company consolidated and formalized its outreach programs to the K–12 schools serving its communities as a way to improve the efficiency of services provided and to facilitate dialogue and sharing among the various schools. This effort culminated in the launch of the Putting Children First business/education partnership within four school districts — Hawkins County, Kingsport City and Sullivan County in Tennessee, and Scott County in Virginia. Over the next decade, additional districts were added for a total representation of eight school districts and 104 schools. The PCF initiative includes the following key components:

  • TN/VA Scholars. This is a regional reward and recognition program designed to encourage students to complete high school courses that provide a fundamentally sound academic education. Students are encouraged to pursue a more rigorous high school curriculum, maintain at least a “C” average, achieve 95 percent attendance, exhibit good behavior and perform 80 hours of community service over the duration of their high school career.
  • PCF Classroom Grants. Each year, Eastman offers a grant program for partnering teachers to promote innovative teaching strategies and classroom programs that improve student learning and performance in the area of math and science.
  • Eastman Scholar Mathletes. Eastman Scholar Mathletes is a collaborative partnership between Eastman and East Tennessee State University’s Center for Excellence in Math and Science Education. This program provides professional development for elementary and middle school math teachers who work in PCF partnership schools.
  • GEM4STEM. Growing Educational Mentors for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or GEM4STEM, allows Eastman employees to volunteer as mentors for students through numerous educational activities throughout the year that demonstrate real-world relevance of these subjects to the classroom.
  • 8th Grade Career Expo. The 8th Grade Career Expo is intended to expose students to a variety of occupations and topics, including health sciences, human services, media relations/communications, engineering/manufacturing, finance/banking, industrial/technology, work ethics and Internet safety awareness.
  • 11th Grade Career Expo. The 11th Grade Career Expo is an extension of the 8th Grade Career Expo challenging students to think about career goals and opportunities. Students listen to various presentations focused on topics such as how to dress for success, Internet safety and awareness, job application tips, résumé writing, salary expectations, basic finance, work ethics and job interview skills.

In addition, Eastman and the foundation support numerous environmental organizations through partnerships and charitable contributions, including the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, the Environmental Institute of Houston, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance for Industrial Coalition, the Upper East Tennessee River Roundtable and the U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing, among others.

For the past decade, Eastman has maintained a special partnership with the Tennessee chapter of The Nature Conservancy, including making annual charitable donations and having an Eastman employee serve on the organization’s board of directors.

For further information, visit the company’s website.

7/3/2014 12:00 AM

Dole’s charitable giving is focused on programs that bolster education, health and the well-being of the communities around the world where it operates.

OVERVIEW

Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company is the world’s largest producer of fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition to its fresh produce—notably, pineapples, bananas and other tropical fruits—Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods, with about 200 individual products that are sourced, grown, processed, marketed and/or distributed in more than 90 countries around the world. In 2012, the company reported sales of about $4.2 billion and employed about 75,000 full- and part-time workers worldwide.

GIVING

Dole’s charitable giving is focused largely on efforts to improve the health and well-being of the communities around the world where it has major business operations.

In the United States, the company contributes cash and other support to a number of nonprofit groups and schools that provide nutrition education for children. The company’s goal is to help the next generation of adults prevent many diseases by teaching the value of good nutrition to children through improved and interactive teaching curricula for schools throughout the country. As part of this effort, Dole donates a nutrition education CD-ROM program to schools nationwide. In addition, the company developed a nutrition education website, www.dole.com/SuperKids, that features a wide variety of exercises, puzzles and lesson plans that tout the nutritional benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

Dole is also a major donor to food banks across the country, helping to distribute fresh fruit and vegetables to individuals and nonprofit groups throughout the United States.

In Dole’s overseas operations, each division contributes to the communities in which Dole employees live and work, with resources going to the following areas:

  • Medical programs. In the less developed nations where it operates, Dole has implemented a series of health initiatives and social programs to serve Dole employees, as well as the communities in which they live. In most cases, these programs are developed in partnership with the local health authorities. Examples of these efforts include:
    • Constructing hospitals in highly populated areas.
    • Building health centers and dispensaries in areas where farms are concentrated.
    • Supplying medical units to communities in remote areas.

    According to the company, these structures provide communities with the following services:

    • Preventative exams for early detection of breast, uterine or prostate cancer.
    • Preventative medicine, such as vaccination and inoculation programs against tetanus, hepatitis B, yellow fever or tuberculosis.
    • General check-up programs, such as eye exams and physicals.
    • Surgery, ranging from dental procedures in the mobile units to more arduous operations in hospitals.
    • Education programs, including disease prevention, nutrition and wellness, and water treatment programs, among others.
  • Housing and community facilities. Dole has set up numerous housing and community projects in which it provides land and construction material for local citizens to use as needed. Besides building homes, these resources are also put toward building local amenities, such as schools, churches, parks, convenience stores and athletic centers, that enhance the quality of life for the entire community.
  • Education programs. Dole also supports a number of educational programs for workers’ families. In areas where infrastructure and learning facilities are lacking, the company funds the construction and maintenance of schools, awards scholarships, trains faculty, donates books and provides other education-related materials.

A recent example of the company’s education-related contributions is its partnership with the Bama Gruppen supermarket chain, the Marcelino Maridueña Municipality, the local agricultural workers union and other stakeholders to build a new school in the Río Viejo community in Guayas Province, Ecuador.

Working with Bama Gruppen, a Norwegian grocery chain, Dole sought to develop a facility that could offer ongoing basic education to children in a community where the previous school was too small and in dire condition, and where Dole had operated for more than 50 years.

The new Ecuador País Amazónico School provides students with a modern building that includes well-ventilated classrooms, spaces for recreational activities, a faculty room, a fully functioning kitchen and a sanitary cafeteria. It serves more than 300 children from the Río Viejo community and surrounding rural areas.

Another example would be the company’s partnership with The Asia Foundation to donate school books and reading material to schools in the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Dole’s partnership with TAF began in 2009 with a book drive for 55 adopted schools in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. Though 80,473 books were donated by Books for Asia Philippines specifically for Dole’s schools (benefiting close to 25,000 children), a total of 141,207 books were distributed throughout the country.

The following year, Dole approached the foundation about the possibility of extending the donation to include adopted schools in Sri Lanka, where the foundation is also present. Dole subsequently adopted four Sri Lanka schools, serving nearly 2,000 schoolchildren, which received thousands of books and other reading materials donated during a two-day collection drive.

For more information, visit the company’s website.

Federal News
6/23/2014 12:00 AM

Changes to the Combined Federal Campaign have prompted concerns from nonprofits about new administrative structures, donations processing and participation fees.

The federal government has put forth new rules aimed at streamlining and lowering the overhead costs of the Combined Federal Campaign, although some stakeholder groups and members of Congress are less than happy with the changes to the nation’s largest workplace giving program.

The new rules, which were initially proposed by the Office of Personnel Management last April, were tweaked somewhat to take into account concerns voiced during the public review period, which generated some 1,400 comments, the OPM said. But many of the changes that the OPM has put forth have drawn criticism from nonprofit groups and a bipartisan contingent of Congress, who have asked the Office of Management and Budget to review the revisions before they are finalized.

Some of the more substantive changes to the program include:

  • Program administration. Under the new rules, Local Federal Coordinating Committees will still play a key role in the program, but their responsibilities will be changed so that they are more focused on campaign promotion and employee engagement activities, such as reviewing charity applications and finding coordinators and fundraisers at the local level.
  • Meanwhile, newly designated Outreach Coordinators will operate similarly to the old Principal Combined Fund Organizations, which traditionally have administered local campaigns on a day-to-day basis but will be eliminated under the new rules. Instead, Outreach Coordinators will be responsible for assisting the LFCCs in continuing to provide expertise in employee engagement and a “local touch” to the campaign, the OPM said.

  • Electronic giving and processing. Under the new rules, paper Charity Lists and pledge forms will be phased out after a few years, which will reduce campaign costs and the CFC’s carbon footprint. But most importantly, cash contributions will be eliminated in favor of electronic pledges. According to the OPM, this will reduce campaign expenses due to the higher cost associated with processing cash contributions. The agency points to data showing that because of easy access to online giving, less than 10 percent of donations came in the form of cash in 2012, a figure that is expected to decline even more as online giving grows in popularity. Critics, however, argue that even though the percentage of cash donations is low, it still amounts to a fairly large number—about $27 million in 2012—that participating nonprofits fear they will miss out on.
  • Charity application fees. The program revisions call for all participating charities to pay a non-refundable application fee, and those that are approved may be charged an additional listing fee on top of that. These will help to recover the administrative costs that charities pay to participate in the CFC, the OPM said. Any additional costs will be covered through distribution fees, similar to the current process of deducting campaign costs from charity distributions.
  • According to a letter to the OMB submitted by members of the House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census, the new fee structure makes no distinction between organization size or other characteristics—the fees would simply be apportioned by dividing the prior campaign’s costs by the number of participating charities. This, the members argue, means that the application fees may “disproportionately affect smaller charities and make it more difficult for them to participate in the CFC.”

In addition, the OPM will now have the authority to annually set the dates for the campaign period, but it shall start no earlier than September 1 and end no later than January 15. While the original proposal recommended expanding the solicitations period into January to give employees an opportunity to contribute after the holidays, many commenters opposed the idea. The new rule gives the agency the flexibility to determine the solicitation period from year to year, based on the input from the CFC’s stakeholders.

According to Katherine Archuleta, director of the OPM, the rules will streamline campaign operations to make the program more effective and cost-efficient, and ensure that the greatest amount of contributions go directly to the charities and causes selected by federal donors.

The House Subcommittee, though, is not convinced and has asked the OMB to reconsider stakeholder concerns and perhaps pilot-test some of the revisions to gauge their impact on the CFC.

The OMB was still mulling the Subcommittee’s request at press time. For more information on the program revisions, go to www.opm.gov/combined-federal-campaign.

News Briefs
7/16/2014 12:00 AM

The Walmart Foundation has pledged an additional $20 million through 2019 to support veteran employment and transition programs, doubling its initial commitment.

The Walmart Foundation has announced a major expansion of its commitment to the nation’s veterans by pledging an additional $20 million through 2019 to support veteran employment and transition programs. In 2011, the foundation pledged an initial $20 million through 2015 to help veterans and their families get through those challenges with assistance from programs that provide job training, transition support and education. The new commitment is needed because more than one million service members are due to exit the military in the next five years, and many of them will face significant challenges with unemployment and transition back to civilian life, the company said.

News Briefs
7/11/2014 12:00 AM

New data from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy show that nearly two-thirds of American companies increased their charitable giving over the last four years.

Nearly two-thirds of American companies increased their charitable giving over the last four years, reflecting improved business performance and increased use of noncash giving—namely, product donations and skilled volunteers—according to new data released by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. Per the CECP’s Giving in Numbers Brief, which looks at corporate giving trends based on survey data from some 261 companies—a full 64 percent of firms reported increasing their charitable contributions between 2010 and 2013. Even more encouraging, the group said, is about half of surveyed companies increased their giving by more than 10 percent during that time, “signaling that societal engagement is not a financial tradeoff but a sound business strategy,” the CECP said. In addition, a significant segment of the surveyed companies also reported that they had increased the use of skilled employee volunteerism in their philanthropy, with 37 percent of companies reporting an increase in hours volunteered on company time from 2010 to 2013.

News Briefs
6/30/2014 12:00 AM

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has pledged to invest $20 million over the next five years to support U.S. military veterans and their families.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has pledged to invest $20 million over the next five years to support U.S. military veterans and their families, building upon the firm’s existing programs and initiatives for military veterans focused on employment, education and housing. According to the company, the funding will support the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative, which will create a community of funders and build momentum for programs that will support service members, veterans and their families in local communities. The company will earmark the $20 million for programs and initiatives focused on employment, education and housing, which are designed to help veterans and their families succeed after their military service ends.

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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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