COMPORIUM CONTRIBUTIONS PHILOSOPHY
Comporium Group accepts responsibility for being involved in communities in which it provides communications and other services and where its employees work, and in most cases, where they live. Comporium realizes that being a good corporate citizen is good business, and that business and social goals must be compatible for Comporium to remain a responsible role model for all employers within the communities where it operates.
Comporium primarily considers grants to organizations that promote civic betterment and also to tax-exempt organizations. Funding emphasis is given to projects/organizations that serve a broad sector of the community, multi-community/county projects that have a multiplier effect by benefiting local organizations in more than one location, organizations that provide direct services to their client populations, and projects/organizations with a proven record of success.
Funding decisions are based on available financial, material, and personnel resources and the proposal’s qualifications as compared to Comporium’s charitable guidelines.
CATEGORIES OF GIVING
Comporium generally focuses on contributions to organizations that fall within the targeted categories as follows:
- Health and Welfare – Grants support organizations that benefit youth, the elderly, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, and the disadvantaged. Donations may also be directed to contribute to the general welfare, safety, and quality of life in the communities in which the company’s employees work, volunteer, and generally live.
- Education – Grants fund elementary, secondary, high school, and higher institutions of learning with particular emphasis on general business, engineering and technical training, and communications.
- Arts and Culture – Grants are made to arts, music, dance, theater, museums, and especially programs incorporating an educational component. Where possible, support will be provided through arts councils or other umbrella organizations.
- Sports and Recreation – Contributions may go to certain leagues and/or activities that have a broad base of participation, contribute to the local economy and promote our communities, and have direct involvement by employees who take a leadership role.
In determining eligibility for funding, the program or activity will be evaluated for the following criteria:
- Meets critical community needs
- Provides solutions to critical social issues that have a demonstrated impact on children and youth (The Number One Question: Is It Good For The Children?)
- Is recognized as a model program and has potential for replication
- Demonstrates a specific need for Comporium support and has sound financial management
- Directly impacts or benefits key communities within Comporium’s area of operation in which Comporium has an employee and business presence
- Improves pre-college education and the support of employee volunteerism
- Benefits higher institutions with which the Company has a recruiting relationship
- Complements Comporium Pioneer Club’s projects or through the Company’s Community Relations program
- United Way efforts to promote funding of its agencies
Comporium occasionally makes surplus vehicles and equipment available for donating to worthy non-profit organizations in the communities within our service areas. The policy for contributions of this type follow funding request guidelines and require similar information as request for monetary contributions.
In addition, we will need to know what the organization’s vehicle needs include (e.g., large four-door sedan, pickup truck, closed in van, etc.). Other types of equipment may include construction tools or surplus computer equipment.
COMPORIUM REFRAINS FROM SUPPORT OF:
- Organizations that discriminate by race, creed, gender, age or national origin
- Political activities and organizations
- Reducing the cost of communications or utility services
- Membership organizations, unless the project benefits the entire community
- Sectarian or religious activities, unless the project benefits the entire community
- Conferences, trips, or tours
- Fraternal, veteran, or labor groups serving only their members
- Advertising in eleemosynary publications
- National and International projects (except in locations where we may be doing business, or supported by communications industry association membership)
- Film and video projects, except where CN2 may be involved for support as a public service
- Most scholarships
All proposals for cash or in-kind support must be submitted in writing and include:
- A summary, not longer than two double-spaced pages, describing the organization to be funded and specific request, including:
- Expected outcomes
- Program objectives with target dates
- Strategy to secure full funding for the project
- Where appropriate (i.e., a newly-formed group), the requestor should provide the following:
- A copy of the letter from the IRS confirming 501 (c) (3) status
- A list of the organization’s board of directors, noting their business or other affiliations
- Audited financial statements may be requested
- Current list of supporters
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