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5/1/2015 12:00 AM

The CECP honored PepsiCo and PricewaterhouseCoopers US for their charitable giving programs as part of this year’s Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy.

The CECP — formerly known as the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy — has honored global beverage maker PepsiCo and accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers US for their charitable giving programs as part of this year’s Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy.

As in past years, the 2015 Excellence Award honorees were chosen by an independent jury as exemplifying four rigorous Standards of Excellence: CEO leadership, partnership, dedication to measurement and innovation.

The Chairman’s Award, for companies with revenues of $20 billion and more, was presented to PepsiCo for its Safe Water Access program, which prioritizes clean water as an integral component of ending world poverty. In 2010, the company announced its commitment to provide access to safe water for 3 million people by 2015, focusing specifically on water conservation, distribution, purification and sanitation in countries across the world. According to the CECP, PepsiCo has exceeded in its original commitment and doubled the goal to six million people by 2015.

The President’s Award, for companies with revenues less than $20 billion, was presented to PwC US for its Earn Your Future initiative, a multiyear, $160 million commitment to advance financial literacy and youth education with the goal of impacting more than 2.5 million students and educators in the United States. Now in the third year of the program, PwC US has provided more than 530,000 service hours and reached more than 1.2 million students and educators, the CECP said.

“PepsiCo and PwC US exemplify companies that are a force for good in society,” said Daryl Brewster, the CECP’s chief executive. “These companies identified societal challenges that align with their business strategies, applying their expertise and resources to improve the lives of the people in their communities in a sustainable and long-term way,” Brewster said in announcing the awards.

In addition to these, the CECP also bestowed special awards to several CEOs for their leadership and achievement in corporate societal engagement. They included:

  • Ken Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck, received the Founders Force for Good Award in recognition of his long-term commitment to innovative research and development, as well as business and humanitarian initiatives to improve global health. Under his leadership, the CECP said, the firm launched the Merck for Mothers program, which aims to create a world where no woman dies during childbirth.
  • Tom Wilson, chairman and CEO of Allstate Corp., received the Collaboration Force for Good Award for putting “purpose front and center” at Allstate. According to the CECP, Wilson has focused resources on strategies to reduce violence in Chicago through private-public partnerships, and champions the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program, which raises awareness to curb domestic violence nationally.
  • Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani, received the Pacesetter Force for Good Award for his focus on community and employees as core business assets, and for his commitment to instilling culture as well as purpose throughout the company, the CECP said.
  • Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, was honored with the Lawrence A. Wein Legacy Force for Good Award for his lifetime contributions both in business and in the community. Under George’s stewardship, the CECP said, Medtronic increased the number of people it brought to health annually from 300,000 to 10 million, while its societal engagement has evolved from community giving to being an integral business strategy.

For more information about the awards, go to

4/22/2015 12:00 AM

The Darden Foundation supports nonprofits in the areas of education, basic needs and human services, and the environment.


Darden owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants across the United States and Canada, many of which are household names. The company’s restaurant brands include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s, Yard House and, up until last year, popular seafood haunt Red Lobster—offering a variety of price points and cuisine options. In 2014, the company reported sales of over $6.2 billion and employed over 206,000 workers.


Darden’s charitable giving is conducted mainly through the Darden Foundation, which the company established with the goal to make a meaningful and enduring positive impact on the issues that matter most to its employees, customers and communities. The foundation provides a mix of cash and in-kind donations, and its cash contributions are meted out under regional/national initiatives, and local programs that are identified and championed by management at the company’s various restaurants and support facilities.

In all cases, funding is directed to three priority focus areas:

  • Education. The foundation’s flagship education initiative is dubbed Recipe for Success, which seeks to foster opportunities for low-income students by empowering them with the tools and resources needed to graduate from high school and pursue a college or technical school education. The foundation works with a network of nonprofit partners in this arena, including:
    • The Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The foundation supports the BGCA’s Diplomas to Degrees program, a core component of the group’s comprehensive educational strategy that is designed to create the expectation that all Club members will not only graduate from high school, but also pursue postsecondary education. Darden’s support of the Diplomas to Degrees program has provided college readiness training and tools to nearly 22,000 teens in 500 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.
    • City Year. The foundation supports City Year’s Whole School, Whole Child program, which provides AmeriCorps members an opportunity to tutor students identified as at risk of dropping out. In the 2013–2014 school year, City Year AmeriCorps members served full-time in 275 schools in 25 cities across the country, including Orlando, Fla., where the Darden Foundation supported City Year services in Oak Ridge High School.
    • College Summit. This national nonprofit organization that helps high schools raise their college enrollment rates received the Darden Foundation’s support for its Launch program, which allowed 31,000 students in grades 9 through 11 across 180 College Summit schools to explore and build skills to successfully navigate the path to college. In addition, Darden helped College Summit convene over 100 Peer Leadership workshops in Maryland, Virginia, Southern California, Florida and New York. In the past five years, Darden’s support has impacted 5,220 high school seniors, who then returned to their high schools and guided 30,000 other seniors through the college admissions process.
  • The environment. The foundation partners with several organizations that conserve and restore water ecosystems, create and maintain community gardens that promote food security, and protect and preserve open spaces. Some of its recent grantees include:
    • The New England Aquarium. Since 2006, Darden has partnered with the New England Aquarium to improve the environmental sustainability of Darden’s seafood supply and catalyze broader industry support for sustainable seafood. With the support of the Darden Foundation, the aquarium is also working to improve ocean health with the development of the Ocean Health Index, a tool that assesses the state of the world’s oceans, identifies areas of risk, and guides efforts to promote sustainable use and management of marine resources.
    • The Everglades Foundation. This organization provides thought leadership, advocacy and scientific research in the fields of biology, aquatic ecology, aquatic chemistry, hydrology and engineering, with the goal of advancing strategies for protecting water quality in the Everglades. To that end, the Darden Foundation has provided significant support to the Everglades Foundation’s work on developing a phosphorus exchange program to protect Lake Okeechobee and its watershed, while also providing economic incentives for farmers who implement sustainable practices. These efforts will improve water quality, while maintaining a viable agricultural economy.
    • The National Recreation and Park Association. Since 2012, the foundation has awarded nearly $500,000 in support of the NRPA’s mission to advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. The Darden Foundation’s support has expanded the NRPA’s Great American Trails and Grow Your Park programs, which are focused on restoring and sustaining trails and open spaces, and creating and enlarging community gardens and providing healthy produce to food banks and other organizations serving those in need.
  • Basic needs and human services. The foundation’s funding for basic needs and human services includes support for hunger relief, disaster relief and housing assistance. Recent grantees include:
    • The American Red Cross. The foundation has partnered with the American Red Cross since 1997 and has supported the group’s Annual Disaster Giving Program since 2010. In that time, Darden has helped ensure that trained workers, shelters and supplies are prepared to respond to disasters year-round. The company provides both cash grants and in-kind donations of food and beverages as needed. During 2012 alone, meals and bottled water from Darden restaurants kept people fed and hydrated in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania after Superstorm Sandy; in Mississippi after Hurricane Isaac; in Colorado, where wildfires raged; and in Connecticut following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
    • Habitat for Humanity. Darden has a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to provide furnishings and smallwares from recently remodeled restaurants to their local ReStore retail outlets throughout the United States. In 2012, 250 Darden restaurants were remodeled and $755,710 in furnishings was donated. Since 2010, Darden has contributed more than $2.3 million gift-in-kind furniture and décor donations to Habitat for Humanity from 484 remodeled restaurants.
    • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The foundation supported the construction and operation of this organization’s new 100,000-square-foot distribution hub and hunger relief center in March 2013. The center houses the Darden Foundation Community Kitchen, a state-of-the-art facility that serves as a production area for meals for partner agencies and children’s summer programs. A key element of the Community Kitchen is a 12-week intensive culinary training program, which provides low-income adults with culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. The program is designed to help address one of the root causes of hunger in the community—unemployment and underemployment, often resulting from a lack of adequate job skills or training. Up to 75 students will participate annually, gaining a solid background in basic culinary arts—along with financial literacy, personal planning, interpersonal and communications skills, the foundation said.

Additional information is available on the company’s website.

4/9/2015 12:00 AM

Fluor’s philanthropy includes cash and volunteer support to nonprofits working in the areas of education; community development; social services and basic needs.


Fluor is a global design, engineering and contracting firm, providing engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services to industrial and governmental clients around the world. Much of the firm’s business comes from the energy and manufacturing sectors, as well as major transportation and infrastructure projects for government clients—to which Fluor offers various administration and support services as well. In 2014, the company reported sales of about $21.5 billion and employed about 37,500 workers worldwide.


Fluor’s philanthropy is a mix of foundation grantmaking and direct corporate contributions and employee volunteerism, all of which aim to improve the quality of life in communities around the world where the company has a presence.

The company’s core giving areas are as follows:

  • Education. Fluor supports a range of groups and programs in this field, with special emphasis on those that encourage students to pursue disciplines in science, technology, engineering and math — thus preparing the next generation for success in the rapidly changing global environment.
  • Fluor supports higher education and university-level STEM programs, as well as those benefiting grades K–12. In 2013, Fluor and its employees provided more than 36,000 students with more than 900,000 hours of STEM training and enrichment by investing in initiatives like the Girl Scouts Cadette Week STEM Program, high school Career Technical Education welding programs along the Texas Gulf Coast, and various STEM outreach activities, including outreach during Engineers Week.

    In addition to its STEM-related support, the company and its foundation support the following education-related initiatives:

    • The Global University Sponsorship Program. Through this program, Fluor sponsors annual grants and scholarships at selected universities with a focus on engineering, construction and business programs. Through these partnerships, Fluor executive teams interact with the universities to prepare students for tomorrow’s global and technical workforce.
    • The Fluor Scholarship Program for Employees’ Children. Since the inception of the program in 1981, the Fluor Foundation has assisted nearly 3,000 students with undergraduate scholarships and disbursed more than $13.4 million. Students are awarded a one-time honorarium or renewable undergraduate scholarships based upon academic excellence.
    • Job Corps Scholarships. The Fluor Foundation has annually awarded scholarships to students at Job Corps Centers since the inception of the Job Corps Scholarship Program in 2004. Fifty-three scholarships, totaling $657,500, have been awarded to students pursuing higher education under this program.
  • Community improvement and economic development. Fluor supports a broad range of programs to strengthen local economies in its areas of operation, including those that build affordable housing and refurbish community-serving facilities, provide job training and teach young people life skills and strategies for becoming more resilient. Some examples include:
    • The Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Fluor has long supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and its focus on youth leadership, life skills and STEM enrichment programming. The company is currently in the middle of a multiyear partnership with BGCA in support of its Military Youth Initiative—programs supporting the children of military personnel via the Military Teen Summit and Resiliency Training for military staff youth professionals. The initiative aims to build youth capacity in effective communication, resiliency and teen retention in military programs, as well as ensure staff’s ability to support youth in developing skills that will make them stronger, happier and ultimately more resilient.
    • Progress Pre-Primary School. Fluor’s South Africa division recently sponsored a new building for Progress Pre-Primary School in Embalenhle Township, Secunda. The new brick building has a kitchen, first aid room, administration office, playroom, restroom facilities and classrooms. The new facilities accommodate more than 300 students and 20 teachers. Fluor had previously helped renovate existing structures and donated prefabricated classrooms and toilets.
    • Equatorial Guinea Water Wells. Since 2011, nearly 12,500 villagers in remote areas of Equatorial Guinea have had access to safe, clean, nearby drinking water as a result of a Fluor socioeconomic program that provided over $260,000 to construct water wells in four villages throughout the country.
  • Social services and basic needs. Fluor and its employees support numerous groups and programs that provide basic needs for the poor. For example, the company’s employees participate in food collection programs and partner with meal service delivery organizations like Meals on Wheels, Stop Hunger Now and food banks across the globe.

The company encourages and rewards the contributions of time and money made by its employees. The Fluor Matching Gifts Program encourages U.S. and Canadian employees to contribute to primary and secondary schools, technical schools, colleges and universities, and these donations are matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 per year, by the Fluor Foundation.

Also, through the Fluor Cares formal employee volunteer program, the company’s workers volunteered nearly 41,000 hours in 2014 to help enrich the lives of those in their communities.

For further information, visit the company’s website.

News Briefs
4/28/2015 12:00 AM

American Express committed $5 million to help the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service build volunteer coalitions to maintain public lands.

The American Express Foundation has committed $5 million to help the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service build volunteer coalitions to preserve and sustain America’s public lands. The company’s grant support will provide funds to create a sustainable infrastructure to allow the DOI to promote and increase volunteerism by building a volunteer network to serve U.S. cities; developing a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps to engage 100,000 young adults to serve on conservation crews on public lands; and expanding volunteering in national parks to help maintain trails, provide visitor services, give guided nature walks and historic tours, support preservation initiatives and deliver education programs to youth and school groups.

News Briefs
4/13/2015 12:00 AM

The Walt Disney Company recently awarded a $1 million grant to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to outstanding Hispanic students.

The Walt Disney Company recently awarded a $1 million grant to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to outstanding Hispanic students. The grant is part of a three-year agreement between Disney and the HSF that will create The Walt Disney Company-HSF Scholarship Program, which will eventually help hundreds of students across the country pursue advanced education in their chosen fields. In addition to funding the scholarships, Disney will also support the bilingual, multimedia public service advertising campaign that the HSF has created in partnership with the Ad Council. The ads will appear across ABC and ESPN platforms, encouraging parents on how to prepare, plan and pay for college, Disney said.

News Briefs
4/2/2015 12:00 AM

The Lilly Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya, to enable the group to screen, treat and provide palliative care to more people.

The Lilly Foundation, the charitable giving arm of pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly, has awarded a four-year, $1 million grant to AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) in Eldoret, Kenya, to enable the group to screen, treat and provide palliative care to more people, many of whom lack access to quality health services. According to the foundation, AMPATH was created in response to the HIV crisis in Western Kenya in 2001. It is built on a partnership with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and the Moi University School of Medicine in Eldoret, Kenya, and a consortium of North American academic health centers, led by Indiana University. AMPATH has expanded its work to include more diseases, including diabetes, hypertension and cancer. It now provides health care services to a population of 3.5 million in Western Kenya, and public-private partnerships have allowed the institute to expand its staff and services to a current team that includes 10 clinicians, six core nurses and an oncology pharmacist. The new funding will help equip the center’s new oncology outpatient center and allow for the hiring of additional doctors, physicians’ assistants and other staff to screen and treat more people, the foundation said. Additionally, the funding will support the creation of a research and training institute focused on cancer prevention, screening, treatment and supportive care.


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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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