Many businesses have defined conservation as an important issue worthy of their support. This may be part of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or sustainability program or may come from a company foundation established to support issues of special interest or concern. Because of our deep roots in North America, our strong international presence, our broad range of conservation issues and our collaborative, non-confrontational approach, companies and foundations set up by them, like Lowe’s, 3M, and Caterpillar often choose The Nature Conservancy as a beneficiary of philanthropic contributions.
Philanthropically-minded businesses can support the Conservancy in a number of ways:
Many companies and their related foundations choose to support the cause of conservation through a financial donation or grant to the Conservancy. These gifts may be undesignated, allowing the Conservancy to direct the gift toward an area of greatest need. Or, the gift may be designated to a particular conservation issue or specific geography of interest to the company. The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for example, has chosen to support the Conservancy’s efforts to protect the forests of North America with a generosity that now totals almost $5 million.
Likewise, The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is funding $2 million in conservation projects that will protect forests in Brazil, China and Indonesia. The Conservancy is happy to work with interested companies and foundations to find a match between their interests and our priority programs
Some companies choose to provide valuable in-kind donations to help support the Conservancy’s mission. Trucks from General Motors and computer hardware and services from IBM are just a few examples of valuable in-kind giving that the Conservancy receives.
Businesses and their related foundations may also donate surplus commercial real estate (“trade lands”) or conservation areas to the Conservancy. 3M, for example, donated a 15-acre tract of land in Ohio that was no longer needed for its operations. Net proceeds from the sale of the land benefited the Conservancy’s work in Brazil. And BP America donated 655 acres of forested wetlands and mature hardwood forests along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia for protection.
Companies can include the environment in their employee giving campaigns by including The Nature Conservancy through Earth Share, a nationwide network of America’s leading nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations. Workplace giving programs can be an opportunity for management to engage their employees in their commitment to conservation.
To learn more about how your business can include the Conservancy in your charitable giving program, please contact our experts.