Kraft Foods Group, one of the country's largest food and beverage conglomerates, focuses its charitable giving through its Kraft Foods Group Foundation by providing food to the hungry and battling food insecurity issues. It also encourages employees to donate their time and money to worthy causes, providing matching and other grants. Kraft's parent company, Mondelez International, provides grants for global children's charities, investing $50 million in a three-year program starting in 2014.
The KFGF provides money for food pantries and other food programs for the needy through a competitive grant process. Nonprofit organizations, not individuals, can apply for these grants. For example, in July 2014, KFGF provided $100,000 for 20 northern Illinois hunger programs, with the grants administered by the Northern Illinois Food Bank. In this particular grant process, six programs received grants in amounts from $9,500 to $15,000.
KFGF provides grants to community programs focusing on obesity prevention, physical activity and healthy lifestyle promotion, and nutrition education.
American Red Cross
The KFGF has long partnered with the American Red Cross to provide aid to Americans suffering from national emergencies. From 2000 to 2014, the KFGF has given the ARC more than $14 million in product and monetary contributions for disaster relief.
Employee Volunteer Grants
Kraft employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and talents in charitable work, and the company offers grants for these activities under its "Dollars for Doers" program. If an employee volunteers for a nonprofit organization for at least 25 hours annually, he can submit a grant request to Dollars for Doers and the organization receives $250. If he volunteers another 25 hours for that organization or another charity, he can submit an additional Dollars for Doers request, for a total of $500 per calendar year.
Matching Grant Programs
Through its matching grant program, Kraft matches donations by its employees, board members and their spouses on a 1-to-1 basis. Kraft matches donations to a variety of nonprofit organizations -- including those promoting arts and culture, education, environmental groups, civic programs, health services and many other qualified 501(c)3 charities -- in amounts ranging from $25 to $15,000. Employees must file their matching grant requests within one year of making their own donation.
- Chicago Tribune: Kraft Foods Group Foundation Grant Helps Local Food Pantries Feed More Hungry Neighbors
- Mondelez International: Community Partnerships
- Double the Donation: Kraft Foods Group Foundation Dollars for Doers (Individual) Program Frequently - Asked Questions
- American Red Cross: Kraft Foods Group Foundation
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