week, Neighborhood Networks provides potential funding sources to
help centers develop and improve programs and services. Featured
this week is Dean
Foods is one of the leading food and beverage companies in the country.
It is the largest processor and distributor of milk and other dairy
products. Through its WhiteWave Foods division, it is also the nation's
leading manufacturer of soymilk, organic milk, and other organic
foods. Dean Foods operates more than 100 plants in the United States
and employs more than 26,000 people.
Areas: Dean Foods is committed to nurturing and supporting the
where it does business. These are located in the states of Alabama,
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho,
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New
Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah,
Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Foods' community support efforts are focused on:
||Health/nutrition, including hunger. As
a food company, Dean Foods helps educate consumers on matters
that affect their health, particularly the importance of making
good nutritional choices and leading healthy, active lifestyles.
Dean Foods also realizes that good and healthy food choices
are not an option for millions of Americans who go hungry. A
number of its processing facilities make substantial product
donations and cash contributions to combat hunger in their communities
through America's Second Harvest and local food banks across
the country. Its employees also participate in food drives and
other activities benefiting anti-hunger organizations in their
||Education/arts. Dean Foods supports programs
that improve the education of and opportunities for children,
particularly at-risk children. The company also believes that
exposure to the arts, whether through self-created works or
through enjoying the works of others, is extremely beneficial
to children. The arts can improve thinking and communication
skills, build self-confidence, and provide creative and healthy
means of expression. Dean Foods has provided funding and support
for organizations and facilities that increase children's access,
especially at-risk children, to the visual, literary and performing
Dean Foods believes that partnering with communities means not
just supporting them today, but also sustaining them for tomorrow.
The company contributes to causes and organizations that further
sustainable agriculture, conservation of natural resources,
animal welfare, and preservation of family farms and rural communities.
Foods supports worthy organizations both at the corporate level
and locally through its network of processing facilities nationwide.
Area: Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southwest,
Qualified nonprofit organizations may submit proposals to Dean Foods
that respond to these philanthropic priorities. Donations are made
only to organizations that are classified as 501(c)(3).
principles form the basis of Dean Foods' giving guidelines. These
||Dean Foods' giving is concentrated on health
and nutrition (including hunger), education and the arts, and
environmental stewardship. |
||The company prefers to support and participate
in a meaningful way with a limited number of organizations that
support these three focus areas, rather than spread its limited
resources more broadly. |
||Dean Foods prefers programs that provide direct
service to individuals and communities in need. |
||The company prefers to make grants for specific
projects with measurable results, rather than for general operating
||Dean Foods looks for innovative programs that
demonstrate best practices. |
||The company places special emphasis on supporting
organizations that assist children, particularly at-risk children
or children with disabilities, or that are dedicated to serving
their needs. |
||Dean Foods funds organizations that are fiscally
sound and have strong management practices and accountability.
||The company supports initiatives only in the
communities in which it operates and where its employees live
and work. |
Foods generally does not provide support for the following purposes:
||Organizations not registered to operate with
a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States. |
||General operating support. |
||Operating support for colleges/universities.
||Operating support for high schools or elementary
schools; however, restricted grants for arts in education programs
are permitted, providing a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization
is the grantee. |
||Amateur athletic teams, such as Little League.
||Fraternal, veteran, or labor organizations. |
||Named charities or foundations. |
||Political or lobbying organizations, or those
supporting the candidacy of a particular individual. |
||Special events, such as fundraisers, golf outings,
||Benefit tickets or courtesy advertising.|
||Travel funds. |
||Religious organizations that serve primarily
only their denomination. |
||Organizations that might in any way pose a conflict
with the company's goals, programs, products, or employees.
Amount: Award amounts vary.
Application Process: To apply for funding, organizations
should submit a proposal. Each proposal must contain the following
||A brief (two-page maximum) summary statement
of the organization's project or program needs. This overview
should explain how the proposal meets one or more of Dean Foods'
specific focus areas or program areas. It should also note the
amount requested, the funding period and any key dates. |
||The name of the organization, address, phone
number, and the name of a contact person familiar with proposal
||A program budget detailing the amount requested.
Requests should detail all sources of financial support, including
amounts committed or pending that might leverage any contribution
made by Dean Foods. |
||An audited financial statement for the previous
||A list of donors (United Way, corporations, foundations,
individuals, government individuals and government agencies)
to the overall organization, as well as a separate list of donors
for the specified program to receive funding. |
||A copy of the organization's certificate of tax
exemption from the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3).
||Written verification of the organization's federal
tax identification number (FEIN). |
||A timetable for project implementation, communication,
and evaluation. |
||A brief statement (two-page maximum) of the organization's
history, purpose, and goals; size of membership and constituency;
geographic service area; use of volunteers; and general accomplishments
||A list of officers and board members and their
||A copy of the organization's most recent annual
should be sent to:
Dean Foods Company
2515 McKinney Ave., Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75201
phone calls. Allow at least six to eight weeks for consideration.
Organizations will be notified by phone or in writing if Dean Foods
is able to participate.
For more information on Dean Foods' corporate giving, contact:
2515 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75201