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Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund

COMMUNITY GIVING

We support U.S. and Canadian communities where we have a significant presence or business interest. These communities range from rural to metropolitan, each with unique priorities and needs. Our employees serve on local advisory committees for our Giving Fund and develop funding priorities to support their particular community, within the four focus areas described below. This provides flexibility for giving across our different communities, but stays within a strong companywide framework.

NATIONAL GIVING

A small portion of our grant making supports select, high-priority national initiatives directly related to the sustainability and importance of working forests, and the products and services they provide for people and the planet. This may include sustainability issues related to forestry, sustainable forest products, housing, improving ecosystems, and renewable, green energy. Applications in this category are accepted by invitation only.

Focus Areas

Funding priorities within our four focus areas vary in each of our communities — some consider a variety of priorities within this framework, and some, such as in our Corporate Headquarters area, have a limited or singular funding priority.

Although it is not a requirement, before you apply for funding we encourage you to contact the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund advisor at your local Weyerhaeuser facility to determine interest in considering your proposal.

Focus Areas

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND SHELTER

  • Support the production and preservation of affordable, efficient and healthy housing, including organizations that provide affordable homes for working families, and those that help homeless families achieve permanent, stable housing.

EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

  • Strengthen public schools in Weyerhaeuser operating communities and build relationships to become an effective partner in advancing student learning. Support district-level improvements to teaching and learning that promote student achievement and ensure more students graduate ready for the world of work, advanced learning and life.
  • Support educational programs and organizations that enhance and enrich learning experiences for youth.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

  • Sustainable Communities: Includes projects that assist in green building efforts, energy efficiency programs, urban park projects
  • Natural Resources: Includes the protection, conservation and restoration of natural resources, habitats, and non-urban parks, land restoration
  • Climate Change and Renewable Energy: Includes projects that support climate change and renewable energy efforts
  • Environmental Education: Includes projects that inspire behaviors of environmental citizenship and stewardship, educate communities on environmental issues, and provide environmental education programs for teachers and students that develop critical thinking skills and improve environmental literacy.

HUMAN SERVICES, CIVIC & CULTURAL GROWTH

  • Support the economic well-being and health of our communities and their most vulnerable residents.
  • Support programs that serve the basic needs of families, move people toward self-reliance and family sustainability, promote economic development, provide cultural enrichment, and respond to local emergencies or disasters.

WHERE WE GIVE

Our giving is limited to areas where we have a significant presence, where at least 50 of our employees work and live and/or where we own or manage forest land in key operating states in the United States. If your community is not listed here, we regret we cannot consider support at this time.

United States

Alabama*

Millport

Arkansas*

DeQueen
Dierks
Emerson
Magnolia
Hot Springs
Little Rock

California

Fontana
Fresno
Long Beach
Sacramento
Stockton

Colorado

Denver
Henderson

Georgia

Flint River/Oglethorpe
Port Wentworth

Idaho

Boise

Louisiana*

Dodson
Holden
Natchitoches
Ruston
Simsboro/Arcadia
Taylor
Zwolle

Michigan

Grayling

Mississippi*

Bruce
Columbus
McComb
Philadelphia

North Carolina*

Ayden
Charlotte
Elkin
New Bern
Plymouth

Oklahoma

Timberland State
Idabel

Oregon*

Lane County
Linn County (Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home)

Texas*

Washington DC

Washington State*

Centralia/Chehalis
Cosmopolis
Longview
Olympia
PeEll
Raymond
Rainier
Federal Way, Seattle and Tacoma area - by invitation only

West Virginia

Buckhannon
Sutton

Canada

Alberta

Drayton Valley
Edson
Grand Prairie

British Columbia

Annacis Island
Princeton

Ontario

Kenora

Saskatchewan

Hudson Bay
* In addition to the communities listed above, in states where we manage forestlands (marked with an asterisk), we selectively support social and business initiatives of interest to Weyerhaeuser that have a regional or statewide impact beyond a specific operating community.

ELIGIBILITY

In considering requests for support, preference is given to projects and programs that meet the following:

  • Serve a broad range of community residents.
  • Meet an important community need within our key areas of focus.
  • Show strong support from community leaders and other funders.
  • Are sustainable and managed competently with a history of accountability, results, cost-effectiveness, strong leadership and innovation.
  • Provide a significant and measurable impact on quality of life.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FUNDING, A PROGRAM MUST DO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Serve a community within a 50-mile/80-kilometer radius of a major Weyerhaeuser facility with 50 or more employees in the U.S. or Canada; or
  • Support a state-wide issue of interest to Weyerhaeuser in U.S. key states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon or Washington.

BY INVITATION ONLY:

  • Support to organizations near our Corporate Headquarters communities (Federal Way, Tacoma, Seattle)
  • Selected, high-priority national initiatives directly related to the sustainability and importance of working forests.

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FUNDING, AN ORGANIZATION MUST BE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • A tax-exempt, nonprofit public charity classified under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code;
  • A registered charity in Canada with a Canada Revenue Agency Number, or registered as a provincial nonprofit society.
  • A public education institutions or government entities qualified under Section 170(c)(1) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or qualified as a Canadian municipality.

OUR GRANTMAKING PROGRAM DOES NOT FUND:

  • Local community projects, services and organizations outside a 50-mile/80-kilometer radius of a Weyerhaeuser community (See Where We Give)
  • National campaigns and programs
  • Activities that provide a direct or tangible benefit to Weyerhaeuser or our employees
  • Conferences, forums or special events
  • Individuals, including direct scholarship or bursary assistance
  • Fraternal, social, labor or political organizations
  • Religious activities, in whole or in part, for the purpose of furthering religious doctrine. Faith-based organizations must provide services to all clients regardless of denomination and without expectation of clients' participation in religious activities.
  • Activities that influence legislation
  • Organizations seeking funds for theological purposes
  • Disease specific support, including national health-related organizations and their local affiliates
  • Groups or individuals seeking funds for sponsorships or to purchase tickets or tables at fundraising benefits
  • Sports teams or athletic events
  • Operating deficits or debt liquidation
  • Hospital building or equipment campaigns resulting in higher costs to health-care users
  • Services the public sector is reasonably expected to provide
  • Endowments and memorials
  • Capital campaigns
  • Research or conferences unrelated to the forest products or homebuilding industries
  • Multi-year requests

HOW TO APPLY

  • Application Deadline: August 1. We recommend you apply well before this deadline.
  • Application Review Process: Your online application will be acknowledged immediately and forwarded to your local Giving Fund Advisory Committee for review. The Advisory Committee will make a funding recommendation that will be reviewed and approved by administrators of the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund. Applications are generally reviewed on an ongoing basis, throughout the year. In some cases, an Advisory Committee may not provide a funding recommendation until later in the fall after all opportunities to support their community have been considered.
  • Grant Amount: Grants vary in scale in relationship to our presence in the community and the philanthropic budget available for the year. The minimum grant awarded is $1,000.
  • Grant Notification: The majority of our communications with you will be through e-mail. To ensure you receive our e-mails, add weyerhaeuser.com to your list of contacts or check your junk-mail regularly. Use your e-mail program's function to mark the e-mail as "not junk" so our e-mails are received in your inbox. We generally communicate our funding decision within 6 - 8 weeks AFTER we receive a recommendation to fund your request from your local Advisory Committee. Grants are provided through direct deposit, and successful grant applicants will be asked to provide banking information to accomplish this. The entire process from submitting your grant application to receiving a decision may take several months. Many of our committees wait until after the August 1 deadline has passed to prioritize and finalize their grant recommendations. This means you may not hear from us until late in the year. We regret we cannot fund all applications we receive and the majority of our grant declines are sent very late in the year.

BEGIN A NEW APPLICATION

Step 1: Before you begin, please review our Focus Areas and Eligibility requirements.
Step 2: Funding priorities vary in each Weyerhaeuser community. Although it is not required, before you complete a grant application we encourage you to contact the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund advisor at your local Weyerhaeuser facility to determine if the committee has an interest in considering your proposal.
  • HEADQUARTERS-AREA GRANTS, PLEASE NOTE: Grants serving communities in the Seattle/Tacoma/Federal Way, Washington, area will be considered by invitation only. We proactively identify specific funding opportunities and do not accept unsolicited applications. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information or to determine if your program is a fit for our funding strategy this year.
  • NATIONAL GRANTS, PLEASE NOTE: Grants for a national project directly related to the sustainability and importance of working forests are considered by invitation only.
Step 3: Gather the following information essential to completing the application:
  1. The organization’s Tax ID or Canada Revenue Agency Number
  2. Contact Information
  3. Detailed information about the organization
  4. Detailed information about the request you are asking us to fund
  5. Financial information related to the organization and the project you are asking us to fund
Step 4: Use the appropriate link below to start a new grant application. Apply anytime, but no later than August 1.

U.S. applicants:

  • 501(c)(3) public charities – apply here
  • 501(c)(3) local chapters that share same Tax ID with national parent organization – apply here
  • Public schools and government/municipal agencies – apply here

Canadian applicants:

  • Charities registered with Canada Revenue Agency and provincial nonprofit societies – apply here
  • Public schools and government/municipal agencies – apply here

Tips for saving and accessing your online application:

  • The first time you access an online application, you will be prompted to create an application account using an email address and a password. This account will contain copies of your in-progress or submitted grant application, which you can access at any time. Please make note of your password. Although this is not required, we recommend you establish this application account using a general e-mail and password available to multiple members of your organization. This will ensure your application is available to the organization even if there are personnel changes. If your organization applies again in the future, this will be beneficial as several text fields will appear with the same information previously provided, eliminating the need to re-type this information. It can also be edited as appropriate.
  • Save your application early and often in the process.
  • Please save the confirmation emails reminding you of the email and password you used to create your account, and the link it contains to access your account (to return to your saved application or view your submitted application).
  • A link to log into your grant application account is also provided above (see Access Your Saved Application). You may need to completely close and re-open your web browser for this link to take you to your application account.
  • If you don’t receive a confirmation e-mail immediately after you establish your account or submit your application, please check your junk mail folder. To ensure you receive further communications from us, add weyerhaeuser.com to your list of contacts or use your e-mail program’s function to mark the e-mail as “not junk” to ensure our e-mails are received in your inbox.
  • If your organization has submitted an online application previously, we recommend you begin subsequent applications from that same application account. This will ensure that certain text you provided from an earlier application will appear in the new application, eliminating the need for you to retype it (for example, background text on your organization that may not have changed from your previous application). You will be able to edit any information that appears from a previous application.
  • When you are navigating through pages in the application, please do NOT use your browser’s Back button – you will lose unsaved information. Please click the page numbers at the top of each screen to navigate through your application.
  • You may wish to print a hard copy of the application for your records, or save it to your computer for future reference.
  • Once your application has been submitted, you won't be able to make additional changes or include additional attachments.

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Last updated April 17, 2014