The Clorox Company Foundation: 35 and Looking Good
By Nichelle Rachal, Senior Community Relations Manager
The Clorox Company was honored to be included in the San Francisco Business Times’ list of top corporate philanthropists in the Bay Area on July 23. The timing couldn’t be more relevant; 2015 also marks the 35th year of The Clorox Company Foundation, a significant milestone for an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities where Clorox employees live and work. And our commitment continues to grow! Founded in 1980 with an initial investment of $200,000, the foundation now boasts an estimated $4.3 million in annual giving for Fiscal Year 2015.
The foundation has only gotten better with age. Over 35 years, we have contributed close to $100 million to our communities, with programs primarily focused on serving youth, K-12 education, and cultural and arts organizations.
Many of our contributions directly support organizations where Clorox employees volunteer. Since 2010, we have distributed Commitment Awards with a grand total of $235,000, to nonprofits where employees volunteer at least 24 hours on an annual basis. We have also awarded 184 scholarships to children of Clorox employees.
The foundation also matches Clorox employee donations through the Get Involved For Tomorrow (GIFT) Campaign, one of our signature highlights that has soared since its implementation in 2008. While the foundation doesn’t select the recipients, we recognize that employees choose to support different causes they care about. We’re proud of their generosity, and our matching program is intended to encourage that. Since 2008, the GIFT campaign has generated $11 million in matching pledges.
Outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, the foundation’s Field Grant Program supported nearly 100 nonprofits throughout the U.S. and Canada in fiscal year 2014.
We are honored to implement philanthropy and volunteering into our core values and are eager to continue giving back to our communities. For more information on The Clorox Company Foundation, please visit the CR Matters blog or the foundation webpage.