Our founder, Marvin Sands, made giving back an essential component of our values. As we have grown, this culture has been enhanced by the people and companies that have become part of the Constellation family. Our primary global corporate initiatives include: Community Giving, an Employee Match Program, and our Nourishing Neighbors initiative.
One of the causes that our employees are most passionate about is food insecurity. Our Nourishing Neighbors initiative, started in 2014, enhances the grassroots efforts of our employees through a unified, company-wide strategy. Employees are given paid time off to volunteer, and together with the company, donate food and money to help fight hunger in our communities.
Nourishing Neighbors would not be possible without our global employee ambassadors, who help coordinate the initiative at the local level.
We partner with Blessings in a Backpack, a global organization fighting childhood hunger, and other local food banks in our communities. The money we donate through the initiative are used to provide much-needed food services to hundreds of children at schools in our local communities.
During our 2016 Nourishing Neighbors Week of Giving Back: 1000+ employees volunteered, we collected 84,000+ pounds of food, and company and employee donations totaled $100,000.
Our community giving efforts focus on arts and culture, healthcare, and education. These areas are important to our company and our employees, and we support a number of organizations around the world with monetary and product support. Our cross-company Giving Back team, made up of employees from around the world, ensures our efforts are guided by what is most important to employees and our local communities.
We support a number of health care organizations and initiatives around the world, including the American Cancer Society, Rochester General Hospital, F.F. Thompson Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Lodi Memorial Hospital, the Ride to Conquer Cancer, The North Carolina Cancer Hospital, and the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure.
We target our giving in support of children with developmental challenges, programs that support wine and culinary education, and science and business curriculums. A few examples include the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis, Finger Lakes Community College, the University of Illinois, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, the Napa Valley Unified School District, the New York Wine and Culinary Center, and The Oxbow School.
Arts & Culture
We believe arts and culture are an integral piece of thriving communities. In addition to our concert series at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC), Robert Mondavi Winery, and the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre, we also support a number of arts and cultural organizations like the Nazareth College Arts Center, the Napa Valley Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Our Community Giving: By the Numbers
Employee Match Program
We match employee contributions, dollar-for-dollar, to the eligible charity of their choice once per year. This allows Constellation to contribute to causes our employees are most passionate about. Great charitable organizations that our employees support – from educational institutions and national health organizations, to small not-for-profits that our employees have a personal connection with – benefit from these donations and the company match. To increase participation in the program, we dedicate a single day - Employee Match Day - for all employees to donate in unison, and add in incentives for participation. Between employee donations, the company match and special incentives, our Employee Match Day in July, 2016 resulted in a total of $345,000 in donations, an increase of 113% over last year, and more than 500 employees participated, tripling our participation from 2015.
Constellation employees - click here to apply for your employee match online.
More Giving Back Initiatives
Below are a few more of our key giving back initiatives at Constellation Brands. This isn't an exhaustive list, but it provides a flavor of what's important to us when it comes to supporting the communities where we live and work.
How to Request a Donation
To ensure a fair selection process in the allocation of funds and in-kind donations, Constellation has established guidelines, a standard request process, and a committee to review all requests. Please review the guidelines below and visit this site to apply for a donation. All requests for contributions should be submitted at least two months prior to the event and include a copy of your organization's 501(c)3 certificate. You will receive a reply within four weeks.
Corporate Giving Guidelines
- Our corporate giving is focused on non-profit organizations in the fields of health, education, and arts and culture and concentrates where we have a strong business presence.
- Funding or in-kind product donation requests should be received by Constellation Brands at least two months before the date of your event.
- Recurring requests must be submitted each year.
- We are unable to support the following: political causes or candidates; clubs such as Little League teams or professional sports; groups requesting funds for individual or private causes; groups that receive significant funding through the United Way (Constellation donates directly to the United Way); and entertainment or commercial sponsorships.
If you have questions, please contact our community affairs department at 585-678-7236.