Region-Specific Donation Opportunities for Nonprofits
The companies in this category have restricted eligibility for donations or grants based on location. In many cases, an eligible organization must be in a community where the donor company has an operating location. In others, eligibility is limited to specific states, counties, or cities.
The AEO Foundation–clothing company American Eagle’s charitable department–provides funding to nonprofits in or near: Pittsburgh and Hazleton, PA; New York City, NY; Ottawa, KS; San Francisco, CA; and Mississauga, Ontario. Their focus areas are youth empowerment and education, environmental conservation, and young women’s health issues. Eligible organizations are welcome to peruse their grant guidelines and register through their grant application portal.
Alaska Airlines supports nonprofit organizations that work in the communities where they operate. Their corporate giving is focused on career opportunities for youth, diversity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and socioeconomic mobility. They also offer LIFT grants for youth-centric programs near their facilities in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Learn how to apply on their social responsibility hub.
Albertsons, a grocery chain prevalent in the western United States, runs a Nourishing Neighbors campaign to combat hunger in the areas where they operate. Nonprofit organizations that work for hunger relief in an Albertsons community can learn more details about the program and apply for funding on their grant page.
American Airlines makes in-kind airfare donations and financial contributions to nonprofit organizations in their operating regions that focus on children, communities, and military service members. Eligible nonprofits must be located in or around one of the following cities: Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tulsa, or Washington, D.C. Learn more on their site and apply for support.
Amy’s Kitchen is a certified B-corporation that manufactures organic food, including many vegan and gluten-free offerings. They have a strong impact in the communities where they are located, making donations to food banks and supporting programs for racial justice, disaster relief, and agriculture. Learn how to submit a request on their donations page.
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble offers fundraising opportunities, sponsorships, and donations to organizations that align with their giving priorities. Their particular focus is toward art-, literacy-, and education-centric nonprofit organizations. Donations and fundraising events are managed through individual stores. You can find the nearest B&N location through their charitable donations page.
The Big Lots Foundation provides financial, gift card, and in-kind donations to nonprofits in Columbus, Ohio, and areas where they have stores or distribution centers. They accept donation requests for NPOs working in the fields of hunger relief, healthcare, housing, and education. They have two annual grant application deadlines, at the beginning of January and July. Visit their site to submit your donation request.
BMW Group, manufacturer of Sports Activity Vehicles, is open to requests for sponsorship. To be eligible, a nonprofit must be a registered 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 organization, and must be located in South Carolina. You can submit a sponsorship request through their website.
The Boeing Company issues grants to charitable and educational organizations through their Employees’ Community Fund. These grants are open to organizations near Boeing facilities in 15 different states. Learn more about these grants here.
With the Hugs for Heroes program, Build-A-Bear provides in-kind toy donations to organizations helping children in a number of different ways: hunger relief, emotional health programs, emergency disaster relief, foster care support, and more. Eligible organizations must be within 50 miles of a Build-A-Bear Workshop store in the US, Canada, or the UK. Visit their site to submit a donation request (currently closed).
The franchisee Quality Dining, Inc. offers in-kind donations of food, coupons, and gift cards to organizations near the Burger King restaurants they operate. Nonprofit organizations near participating locations across Indiana, Michigan, and Florida are welcome to submit donation requests through their online donation form.
Casey’s General Store
Casey’s makes donations to nonprofit organizations in the areas served by their stores. They prioritize funding toward their focus areas: education, hunger, and community servants (which includes veterans, first responders, and healthcare employees). Eligible 501(c)3 organizations can apply through their donation requests page.
Chesapeake Energy offers financial and in-kind donations of services or resources to schools and 501(c)3 organizations in the areas where they provide power. They support causes benefiting STEM education, the environment, emergency and disaster response, and community development. If your organization works in one of the counties they service across Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, or Wyoming, learn how you can submit a request for donations. Requests are reviewed at the beginning of February, May, and August.
Chevron Canada offers grants to nonprofits in British Columbia, Alberta, Newfoundland, and Labrador in the areas of education and training, health, and community capacity-building. Registered nonprofits and charitable organizations should apply online here.
Costco supports nonprofits in two different ways: larger organizations with a broader base of operations can apply for financial grants, while smaller, local causes may be eligible for product donations from one of Costco’s warehouses. Eligible organizations must be focused on supporting children, education, or health/human services, and must be geographically near a Costco warehouse location. Additional information on charitable contributions is located on their FAQ page.
The Cracker Barrel Foundation provides funding to nonprofits that support the US armed forces, both veterans and active service members. NPOs that align with their philanthropic principles can apply for financial grants or in-kind donations on their giving page.
Crayola promotes schools and local nonprofit organizations that support creativity and provide opportunities for artistic growth for children. The bulk of their contributions are made to organizations in Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania, and Phillipsburg/Warren County in New Jersey. Eligible organizations can apply for product donations and Art in Education grants on the Crayola Cares page.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Local sports teams and leagues in an area with a Dick’s Sporting Goods location can apply for sponsorships and in-kind product donations. Registered 501(c)3 organizations can also apply for a cash grant from the DSG Foundation, to be used to foster youth sports. Further info is available on the foundation’s Sports Matter hub.
Dominion Energy provides electricity to service regions across 14 states. Their charitable foundation gives grants to nonprofit organizations in those regions which work in any of their four focus areas: education, environment, human needs, and community vitality. Religious and political organizations are not eligible. See the counties covered by Dominion Energy and complete a grant eligibility quiz on their site.
The Duke Energy Foundation funds grants for a varied selection of focus areas in the communities they service. On a rotating cycle, they offer grants for K-12 education (Nov. 15 – Jan. 31), workforce training (Feb. 1 – Apr. 30), and nature and wildlife preservation (May 1 – Jul. 31). They also offer year-round local impact grants and annual state strategic impact grants for North and South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, though availability varies by state each year. Their grant resources page gives more info on how to apply.
Frontier Airlines provides airline vouchers to nonprofit organizations for use in fundraising events. These vouchers can be used for auctions, raffles, or to fly in talent or staff for the event. In addition, the company is also open to event sponsorships in the form of cash or ticket donations. This is open to registered 501(c)3 organizations hosting events in cities that Frontier serves. Visit their website to submit a charitable request.
Goldman Sachs hosts a grant program for nonprofits in New York City, Hudson and Essex counties in New Jersey, and Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele Counties in Utah. These Community Development Grants are meant to support efforts to provide affordable housing, educational services, small business development, and neighborhood revitalization for areas with low to moderate incomes. The next window for application will be at some point in 2021.
Intercontinental Hotel Group
The Intercontinental Hotel Group makes charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations in the regions around its hotels. Programs must be aligned with their values and code of conduct policy. They do not support programs for religious organizations or political donations. Visit their site to apply for charitable donations.
Keurig Dr Pepper
KDP, manufacturer of coffee, sodas, juices, and other beverages, makes product and financial donations to nonprofit organizations doing good work in the communities where they operate and source ingredients. Religious and political programs are not eligible for donations. NPOs that meet their requirements can visit KDP’s site to apply for donations.
The Zero Hunger/Zero Waste Foundation is how Kroger gives back to the communities where they do business. They ally with nonprofit partners to support hunger relief efforts across the nation. NPOs they work with provide meals for underprivileged students, provide transportation for food banks, and operate mobile pantry programs. Interested organizations with food-based initiatives can apply for a support grant here. They also host an innovation fund to encourage new developments that prevent food waste and improve food security and distribution.
The Nike Community Impact Fund provides grants to local sports-focused nonprofits in the following cities: Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, Portland, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. In addition, their Mid-South Grants program focuses on underserved communities in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Apply for grants on Nike’s website.
The primary ways that Nissan supports nonprofit organizations are through the Nissan Foundation and Nissan Neighbors. Nissan Neighbors provides financial and in-kind donations to NPOs working for education, the environment, and humanitarian aid. Eligible organizations must serve communities in southern California, middle Tennessee, central Mississippi, Dallas/Fort Worth, or Detroit. The foundation offers grants to nonprofits in areas near their affiliate locations; both those listed above, and those in New York and Atlanta. The grant window is currently closed. Learn more about both programs on their community relations page.
Nordstrom donates 1% of all gift card sales and refills to charitable organizations in the communities where they operate. To apply for a grant, NPOs in these regions should submit an application during the grant window, which runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1. Programs supporting youth-focused initiatives will take a priority in funding consideration. Additional info can be found on Nordstrom’s corporate grantmaking page.
Panera supports local hunger relief organizations through their Day-End Dough-Nation program. Through this program, unsold bread and baked goods are packaged and donated to local food banks and charities. They will also provide gift certificates and baked goods as items for fundraising events, such as auctions. To apply for either of these donations, visit their community giving page.
The grocery chain Publix supports nonprofit organizations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, and Virginia. This support can take the form of financial donations, gift cards, sponsorships, giveaways, and program advertising. They prefer to contribute to organizations that deal with homelessness, hunger relief, education, and youth issues. Learn more from their site, or go straight to the charitable donations page to register a donation request.
SeaWorld’s community outreach program provides ticket donations to nonprofit organizations located in Florida that focus on children, education, and the environment. 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations should submit donation requests at least 60 days before the date of the event at which the tickets will be required. Apply for ticket donations here.
Through the State Street Foundation, the financial services corporation offers nonprofit grants in three categories: education, employment, and credentials. Eligible nonprofits should provide support to underprivileged teens or adults, and be located in an area where State Street has a business presence. Learn more and apply through their social consciousness page.
Tillamook County Creamery Association
The Tillamook County Creamery Association donates 4 percent of their profits to programs that support their home communities. Their key focus areas are agriculture, food security, and children’s health. Nonprofit organizations in Tillamook, Portland, Broadman, and more generally, the Pacific Northwest region, can submit requests for financial and product contributions through their donation form.
Toyota 4Good is a grant program for nonprofit programs that support workforce readiness, inclusive mobility, financial inclusion, environmental sustainability, and driving safety. Currently these grants are only available to organizations in states with Toyota manufacturing plants: Alabama, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Their program guidelines will walk you through the steps to apply for a grant.
Universal Orlando provides ticket donations that may be used in fundraising events for nonprofit organizations working in the state of Florida. Political and religious organizations are not eligible. Visit their website to learn more and apply for ticket donations. Universal Studios Hollywood runs a similar ticket donation program for organizations in Los Angeles County, CA, which you can apply for here.
The Valero Energy Foundation offers grants to organizations working toward human needs, healthcare, education, and civic and environmental concerns. 501(c)3 charitable organizations working in areas where they have facilities can apply for a Valero Energy Foundation Grant on their philanthropy page.
The Verizon Foundation gives grants for digital inclusion, climate protection, and human prosperity. Political and religious organizations may not be eligible. Although Verizon grant applications are by invitation only, nonprofit organizations can contact their local Verizon community relations manager to confirm eligibility and request an invitation. You can search for the nearest manager on their grant requirements page.
Walmart Inc. provides funding to small nonprofits through local community grants. These grants range from $250 to $5000, and are only open to organizations working on a local level in the vicinity of a Walmart or Sam’s Club location. 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 charities, schools, and churches can all apply for local community grants through their website.
The Wells Fargo wagon may not be coming down the street any more, but the banking corporation still has a community presence in the form of local grants. Their focus areas for funding are financial health, housing affordability, small business growth, environmental justice and sustainability. Registered nonprofits, tribal entities, and public schools are invited to apply through their grants page.
Whole Foods makes quarterly contributions to 501(c)3 organizations in the US, as well as organizations with equivalent status in Canada and the UK. These organizations should be located near Whole Foods stores and have missions that align with their core values. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply on their donations information page.
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By Nathan Biberdorf, Rebecca Law, and Jason Warne