Though the UPS Foundation has given no indication that it is changing or expanding its funding priorities, it does seem to like to dabble outside of its main funding scope of conservation and disaster relief. One thing has remained constant at the foundation, though—it has always supported the local communities in which it operates. And that means a lot of opportunities for grantseekers worldwide given that the company has close to 2,000 operating facilities around the globe. One UPS facility making recent news is located in Vietnam.
UPS’s Vietnam facility became wholly-owned in 2013 and the company has grown its employee base tenfold since 2010. In keeping with its commitment to support local communities, the UPS Foundation recently donated $57,000 to two charities in Ho Chi Minh City. Both donations demonstrate yet another facet of the foundation’s giving culture.
The first $30,000 check was written to Maison Chance, which provides housing, healthcare, vocational training and education support to orphans, homeless children, and physically disabled people. The donation will help offset operating costs related to Maison Chance’s social rehabilitation programs.
The remaining $27,000 was donated to Education for Development (EFD). EFD is an international organization focusing on improving educational services to disadvantaged children. UPS’s donation is earmarked for EFDs Ho Chi Minh City location to help defray the costs of installing FM radio receivers for hearing aids in throughout for classrooms within the city.
The UPS Foundation is quickly developing a reputation for having its hand in supporting a lot of different causes. It’s really into conservation, having recently planted 3 million trees worldwide, and contributes anywhere from $2 million to $4 million annually toward environmental causes.
The foundation is also most certainly big into supporting all types of disaster and emergency relief response efforts from Hurricane Sandy to the Ebola outbreak. In early 2014, the Foundation made over $9 million in grants toward disaster preparedness, recovery, and relief organizations worldwide.
What makes the UPS Foundation one of the more interesting corporate funders out there is the fact that it is virtually a one-stop shop in nearly all of its funding areas. If a UPS grantee needs people to help implement its programs (like, say, plant 3 million trees), UPS is happy to provide volunteers. This type of full-service doesn’t necessarily end at people either. The company has been known to offer transportation vehicles, and inventory tracking software in addition to monetary support.
The downside for prospective grantees that want to hitch a ride on UPS’s bandwagon—the foundation doesn’t accept, nor does it respond to unsolicited proposals.