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  • Offer community grants to local organizations

    You don't have to work for a nonprofit to make a positive impact in your community—learn how to set up a community grant-making program at your company.

    Setting: Workplace

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    Organization/people involved

    Patagonia Portland
    Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

    What they did

    Outdoor clothing company Patagonia is committed to the environment—that's why their philanthropy primarily supports organizations working on environmental issues. Each store, as well as Patagonia headquarters, gives away grants totaling at least 1% of the company's annual sales each year.

    How you can do it

    Andrea Barnes from Patagonia's Portland location shared some tips on how their interesting program works:

    Impact

    Since their program began decades ago, Patagonia has given away over $55 million to more than 1,000 organizations. Because they choose to support smaller organizations, the impact of their grants is often strongly felt, perhaps more than a grant of the same size to a larger organization.

    Big takeaways

    Patagonia's grant program is a great way for the company to interface with their community, as it could be for any business and their base.

    Resources

    Photo credit: Patagonia

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