Non-Profit Divisions of Corporations

Goals

To have a list of corporations that have nonprofit foundations. An ideal response would include those corporations, along with their associated foundations, an estimate of how much money they raise and then donate annually, and to what issues/charities they raise money for and donate to. Corporations can also include sports teams.

Early Findings

  • We were not provided a geographic focus for this project, so we assumed a broad approach and looked globally. If a more targeted approach is desired, for example, the United States, this would have to be clearly communicated to us in any reply.

Walmart

  • Walmart recently re-branded the collective corporate giving efforts of the company and its foundation under the new philanthropic name, Walmart.org. They focus on food insecurity and support Feeding America and local food banks. In 2019, Walmart hoped to raise enough funds to surpass 1 billion meals which has been cumulatively donated since the first campaign they were a part of.
  • Walmart.org was introduced as the "banner for [their] brand of corporate philanthropy that represents the combined philanthropic efforts of both Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. It reflects [their] integrated approach to societal impact [their] desire to point [their] business toward serving society, and for [their] philanthropy to draw on the tools of giving as well as bring business capabilities to bear on societal challenges."
  • "The Walmart Foundation, working beyond the Walmart India supply chain, will invest US$25 million (approximately Rs. 180 crores) to improve farmer livelihoods" from 2018 to 2023.
  • This link provides insight into how they give.
  • Together, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation generally provide more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind to support programs that align with their philanthropic priorities.

Ralph Lauren

Adobe

  • In 2020, employees at 23 Adobe locations awarded 200 local grants totaling US $4 million.
  • The Adobe Employee Community Fund (ECF) is an employee-driven grantmaking program that supports programs and organizations addressing challenges affecting the communities where [their] employees live and work. The program is available at [their] largest sites worldwide.

Baxter International Inc.

  • The Baxter International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Baxter International Inc., helps organizations increase access to healthcare in the United States and around the world. They focus exclusively on increasing access to healthcare particularly for the disadvantaged and underserved in and near communities where Baxter employees live and work.
  • The Baxter International Foundation does not offer detailed information about its grant values and past grantees.

AbbVie

  • AbbVie established a non-profit foundation, the AbbVie Foundation, which is dedicated to having a remarkable impact on the lives of the underserved around the world through a commitment to building strong communities, sustainable healthcare systems and effective educational programs.
  • Since its inception in 2013, the AbbVie Foundation has served over 18 million people, volunteered over 334,000 hours by AbbVie employees globally, supported 60 partner organizations, and impacted 90 countries through their programs.

Summary Of Our Early Findings Relevant To The Goals

  • As discussed at the top of this document, we were not provided a geographic focus for this project, so we assumed a broad approach and looked globally. If a more targeted approach is desired, for example, the United States, this would have to be clearly communicated to us in any reply.
  • Our initial hour of research was spent scanning to ensure the research questions could be answered in the public domain. While finding corporations that have nonprofit foundations is possible, providing how much money they raise annually was not always possible. That is because not all foundations release that information.
  • We were able to determine that Walmart, Ralph Lauren, Adobe, Baxter International, and AbbVie are all corporations that have nonprofit foundations. None of the foundations provided concrete data surrounding how much money they raise and then donate annually.
  • What we did find was estimations, and we provided them when they were available. However, in the vast majority of cases, all that was available was different figures for various causes that the foundation supports in a given year. For example, we found that the Ralph Lauren Foundation committed to donate $10 million to help their teams, their partners and their communities impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic. However, there is nothing available that tells us how much money they raise annually and then donate. Because of this fact, we are going to pivot the research path, which is reflected in our scopings below.
  • As a reminder, Wonder only uses publicly available sources. We do not have access to paid databases or paywalled reports, but we can cite them in research for reference only [in case purchase is desired]. If that is of interest, that would clearly have to be communicated to us in any reply. However, no indication of paid resources to add value to this research was seen in the discovery phase.
  • Please select one or more of the options provided in the proposed scoping section below.

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