Campbell Soup Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Campbell Soup Foundation gives in New Jersey and Connecticut in the Tri-State area for access to healthy food, nutrition education, active living, and neighborhoods.

FUNDING AREAS: Access to healthy food, nutrition education, active living, neighborhoods

IP TAKE: Nonprofits in Camden typically have the best opportunities for grants compared to the rest of the Tri-State area and the nation. First-time applicants should keep funding requests under $10,000.

PROFILE: Established in 1953, the Campbell Soup Foundation is the charitable arm of the global food company, Campbell Soup. The company has annual sales of approximately $8 billion and produces soups, meals, snacks, beverages, and prepared foods. The corporate foundation provides financial support to local groups that serve the communities where employees live and work. The funder aims to “strengthen and empower healthy communities in Campbell’s hometowns.” Grantmaking areas of interest are access to healthy food, nutrition education, active living, and neighborhoods.

These three giving areas support Campbell’s larger community affairs mission. Healthy food access grants go towards increasing the availability and accessibility of fresh foods. Healthy living grants fund expanding nutrition education programs and active lifestyle causes. Finally, neighborhood grants go towards transforming physical spaces to encourage learning and playing. In addition to these grants, the foundation supports volunteer grants, charitable matching, and employee giving programs as well.

Campbell Soup Foundation grants tend to range from $500 to $50,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about past grantees. The Campbell Soup Company is headquartered in Camden, New Jersey, so a significant portion of the foundation’s grantmaking is focused here. Although Camden is the largest focus of this funder, it also gives in East Brunswick and the Connecticut communities of Bloomfield and Norwalk. Additionally, it has operations in cities in the following states and occasionally awards grants in: Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Oregon, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. The funder gives priority to groups that already have a relationship with a local facility. The foundation does not give product donations but rather directs its emergency food attention to Feeding America, the largest food bank in the nation.

The foundation typically has one annual grant cycle per year but does not accept unsolicited inquires. One of the funder’s two current primary programs targets healthy school communities, which is a pilot program involving a small group of nonprofits. The other current effort is a community grants program that relies upon Campbell employee nominations to fund local nonprofits. The foundation phone number is 856-342-4800.

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