Updated: Jul 25, 2020
Approximately $350,000 in grants funding from the C.H. Robinson Foundation is being given to non-profits in the company’s headquarters state of Minnesota. Grant recipients are selected by a committee made of employees from across the company and the Foundation board, and focus on educational success for at-risk youth, hunger prevention, affordable housing, crisis needs and health-related causes. C.H. Robinson Chicago chose Operation North Pole as their charity and participated in "Food Truck Fridays" with the proceeds of the sales going to ONP!!
Other C.H. Robinson Foundation programs contribute to employee gift and volunteer match programs, a hardship fund to support employees during a time of need, disaster relief funds, and undergraduate scholarship programs.
C.H. Robinson and its foundation have given $25 million back to non-profit organizations since 2005. “Our philanthropy strategy is grounded in our firm belief that our employees are the most important reason for our success, and that giving back is part of our cultural DNA,” said Angie Freeman, chief human resources officer at the company. “We care about the issues that matter to our employees and that drives our giving decisions. One great example of this is our annual giving campaign, Robinson Cares.”
Robinson Cares is a month-long, employee-led giving program which the company has championed since 1999, resulting in more than $4.6 million raised for non-profits of the employees’ choice, mainly within the communities where they live and work. The 2018 Robinson Cares campaign raised $680,000 and employee volunteers gave more than 2,100 hours of volunteer time for neighbors in need; 380 non-profits were beneficiaries of the Robinson Cares campaign this year. The 2018 campaign, which was held in September, reached a new record for office participation including, for the first time, employee groups in Asia and Europe.
“C.H. Robinson employees are fully behind Robinson Cares, thoughtfully choosing charities and creatively organizing fundraising activities that unite and engage our teams,” said Dan Ryan, vice president at C.H. Robinson and 2018 campaign co-chair. “We have the most passionate employees in the industry, and our local communities matter to C.H. Robinson.”
“We recently expanded the program to extend the opportunity for employees beyond North America to participate, and they enthusiastically took us up on the offer by personally committing to Robinson Cares,” said Michael Castagnetto, vice president of global sourcing at Robinson Fresh and 2018 campaign co-chair. “I’m proud of the impact they have made throughout the world in 2018.”
For more information about the Robinson Cares campaign and to view employee giving teams in action, visit the company on Facebook and LinkedIn. For information about the annual C.H. Robinson Foundation grants, visit here.