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Giving Back to Our Communities

Campbell Soup Foundation

Since 1953, the Campbell Soup Foundation has supported our local communities through direct grants, employee matching gifts, and partnerships with local, regional, and national nonprofits that build healthy communities in our hometowns. We focus on increasing healthy food access, encouraging healthy living, and nurturing our neighborhoods.

Our grant programs

We’re currently focused on 3 grant programs to meet the needs of our local communities.

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Strategic Fund

Our Strategic Fund is an invitation-only grant program that supports regional and national programs to strengthen and empower healthy communities in our hometowns. Through the Strategic Fund, we support our signature Campbell’s Healthy Communities program, local food systems, grants to transform the school food environment, larger COVID-19 relief grants, and more.

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COVID-19 Community Recovery Grants (CRG)

We’re partnering with nonprofits to provide critical COVID-19 relief and recovery support. These grants can be used for food and other essential supplies, infrastructure, staffing support, and innovations that help nonprofits pivot and continue their work during this unprecedented time.

Applications for these grants are now closed, but the work is ongoing.

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Community Impact Grants

This program expands the reach of our funding to all Campbell communities in North America and empowers our employees to help us find worthy nonprofits across our locations. Employee nominators, selected by local leadership, recommend organizations in their communities whose work aligns with our mission to apply for grants.

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Our communities

We work to build and support healthy, thriving communities in our office and manufacturing locations throughout North America.

Who we fund

In 2020, we gave $620,000 in Community Impact Grants to 35 organizations in 20 Campbell locations, including:

Growing gardens

Works with families, schools, and correctional facilities to support fresh food access through urban farming and gardening in Tualatin, Oregon.

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Manages and promotes the Buckeye Trail in Napoleon, Ohio, transforming the area while encouraging people to get outside and get active.

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Fights childhood hunger by providing children in Connecticut with meals on the weekend.

Grantee selection process

We support organizations working to create sustainable change in our communities.

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Core criteria

While our programs are not currently accepting applications, we use the following core criteria to evaluate potential partners. We evaluate how the organization’s work:

  • Leads to sustainable behavior change.
  • Leverages partnerships and additional financial resources for sustainability.
  • Utilizes the skills of Campbell employees to multiply their impact.
  • Is informed by local residents and community members.
  • Develops multi-sector partnerships to create systemic change.
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Eligibility

To be eligible for a grant, your organization must:

  • Align with one or more of our focus areas:
    • Increase healthy food access
    • Encourage healthy living
    • Nurture Campbell neighborhoods
  • Operate in one of our 33 Campbell communities in North America.
  • Be a nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and files a Form 990 with the IRS.
We don’t provide direct grants to:
  • Individuals, including scholarships, loans, and sponsorships.
  • Organizations that discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race, color, ancestry, sex, gender, religion, national origin, age, actual or perceived physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military or veteran status, marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other classification protected by law.
  • Religious organizations whose principal purpose is propagating a particular religious faith, creed, or doctrine including missions, religious orders, or church building programs.*
  • Political organizations and those having the primary purpose of influencing legislation or promoting a particular ideological point of view.
  • Events and sponsorships, including sports-related events.

*We will consider a donation to independently run, non-sectarian, and interdenominational programs that are affiliated with religious organizations, so long as they are open to the general public and provide social services to the community-at-large on a non-discriminatory basis. This may include programs such as soup kitchens or homeless shelters that happen to be operated by a church or other religious organization.

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