We’re deeply connected to the communities where we operate and have a long history of doing our part to help them thrive. We made our first charitable donation in 1903 and have since provided nearly $250 million in grants through our formal giving program, established in 1948. We invest resources in our communities — and society — through direct grants, volunteerism projects, strategic research and partnerships, educational opportunities and ongoing stakeholder engagement.
CHARITABLE GIVING & VOLUNTEERISM PROGRAMS
Most of our philanthropy is directed through our Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, which makes cash contributions to community organizations through local grants and supports disaster-relief funding. In 2019, we donated a total of $5.1 million in charitable grants, in-kind donations and sponsorships to organizations throughout the United States and Canada (in-kind donations and sponsorships are funded directly from business budgets).
In addition to company donations, our employees are passionate about donating their time, money and expertise to support causes they care about. Our employees love to donate and volunteer in our communities, and we love to support their efforts in the following ways:
Matching Gifts: We match eligible employee donations up to $1,000 per person per year. In 2019, our employees donated more than $215,000, and we matched these donations dollar for dollar. Employees can make donations via payroll deduction any time during the year, and we periodically launch internal companywide campaigns to encourage employees to participate in the program.
Dollars for Doers: Our Weyerhaeuser Active Volunteer Employees Program, also known as WAVES, awards grants to organizations to which our employees donate their time. After meeting a threshold of volunteer hours, individuals or teams apply for WAVES grants to support the organizations in their local communities. In 2019, our employees contributed 23,000 volunteer hours across 24 states and four provinces, and we awarded 280 WAVES grants, totaling $290,000, to the organizations where they volunteered.
Paid Time for Disaster Relief: Our Disaster Relief Program provides employees up to 80 hours per year of paid time off to help a Weyerhaeuser location or community affected by a disaster. Employees volunteer with a qualified nonprofit or government agency actively working to assist the affected community. In certain cases, employees may also partner with a qualified organization outside of our communities if our company formally declares support to the rebuilding efforts.
Annual Recognition Awards: Each year, we recognize four outstanding individual employees or teams with a Weyerhaeuser Volunteer of the Year Award. Recipients receive a $5,000 grant for the organization they support. Learn more about this award and nominate a Weyerhaeuser employee in your community today.
CITIZENSHIP IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Beyond our formal giving and volunteerism programs, we engage with and support our communities in many other ways. Many of our employees serve in leadership roles with a variety of local, regional and national organizations, and also in numerous associations related to our industry. Below is a broad overview of the other ways in which we engage, partner and participate as a responsible corporate citizen.
Recreational Access: We grant recreational access to our lands for people to connect with nature and enjoy all our forests have to offer, from hiking and camping to hunting, fishing and a range of other outdoor adventures and activities.
Political Involvement: We encourage eligible employees to participate in the Weyerhaeuser Political Action Committee, which allows us to develop and maintain relationships with elected officials and ensure our elected leaders understand our collective public policy interests. We are ethical and transparent participants in public policy at all levels of the company.
Stakeholder Engagement: We steward a vast and critical resource, and we’re committed to building strong, open and trusting relationships with the many stakeholders who care deeply about what we do. From rural community leaders and national government bodies to customers, investors, employees and many others, learn more about our approach to stakeholder engagement.