OVERVIEW

Wilbur-Ellis is a leading marketer and distributor of agricultural and industrial products, animal feed, seeds, fertilizer and machinery. The company’s various operating divisions and subsidiaries—Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness, Wilbur-Ellis Feed, Connell Brothers and Cavallo Ventures—sell agricultural chemicals, feed and feed ingredients, along with consulting, management and other agriculture-related services, to clients throughout North America and the Pacific Rim. The company has operations in about 15 countries worldwide. In 2016, it posted revenue of roughly $3 billion and directly employed about 4,200 workers.

GIVING

Wilbur-Ellis directs its corporate giving to groups and programs that benefit the various communities around the world where its employees live and work. Each of its main business units directs its own charitable giving program, as follows:

  • Wilbur-Ellis Corporate. The company’s corporate office devotes the bulk of its giving to disaster relief and emergency response–related organizations serving communities where it does business. Some recent examples of the company’s giving in this area include:
    • The company donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help support the immediate needs of those directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas. Some of those funds were earmarked for the communities of Taft and El Campo, where Wilbur-Ellis employees and their families were encouraged to contribute to a separate donation site supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
    • Wilbur-Ellis donated a total of $100,000 to help those affected by the wildfires that destroyed communities throughout Northern California. The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, administered by the Napa Valley Community Foundation, received $50,000 to assist area victims. And the Sonoma County Wildfire Relief Fund, administered by the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation, received $50,000. The company’s facilities in nearby Healdsburg and St. Helena were spared from the blaze, but several customers and neighbors were impacted.
  • Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness. The company’s Agribusiness unit supports programs that encourage student interest in the agricultural industry, as well as community development and civic improvement efforts in agricultural communities. Some examples include:
    • In March 2016, the company’s facility in Marlette, Michigan, donated $2,000 to the Sigel Township Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team. The donation helped the rescue team purchase one cofferdam and one rescue auger to help with grain silo rescues, replacing outdated wooden equipment.
    • In 2015, the company awarded $1,000 to the Washington Agriculture in the Classroom program, which provides teachers in rural areas of Washington state with magazines and other resource material to help students improve agricultural literacy as well as reach other educational goals.
  • Connell Brothers. The Connell Brothers Company unit supports a wide variety of charities throughout Asia-Pacific. Some recent examples include:
    • CBC China donated $6,688 to three student literacy organizations—the Shanghai Huge Grace Disabled Children’s Welfare Home, New Day Foster Home and Stars Youth Development Center—to pay for books, toys and events.
    • CBC Hong Kong donated $6,410 to the Salvation Army for its elderly support services programs.
    • CBC Indonesia donated $2,575 to the Panti Werdha Kasih Ayah Bunda to help provide mental health screening for residents of the nursing home.
    • CBC Japan donated $3,200 in scholarships for students pursuing chemical-related degrees.
    • CBC Philippines donated $5,000 to Power to Play, a U.S. children’s camp.
    • CBC Vietnam donated $10,000 to the Ho Chi Minh City Child Welfare Foundation, which helps victims of sexual abuse.
  • Wilbur-Ellis Feed. The company’s feed business supports animal and pet-related nonprofits, as well as health and human services groups in agricultural communities. Some examples include:
    • In August 2017, Wilbur-Ellis Feed donated $3,000 to Fences for Fido, a Portland, Ore., nonprofit that builds fences at no cost to families who keep their dogs on chains or tethers or in small enclosures. Fences for Fido also provides insulated doghouses, spay and neuter services, and emergency veterinary care. The organization has unchained nearly 1,500 dogs in Oregon and Washington during its eight years of operation.
    • In summer 2017, Wilbur-Ellis Feed donated $10,000 to the Welcome Centre Shelter for Women, a safe housing provider that exists to reduce the devastating impact of homelessness and poverty by providing safe emergency shelter and transitional support to women and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The donation will go toward the center’s Pink Door Campaign, a $2 million effort to find a larger, permanent space to provide more beds for single women and family shelter units.

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