Company Funded Programs
A number of Bemis Company programs encourage and support employees’ volunteer efforts and interest in causes, provide scholarships to dependents of employees, and support ongoing community activities.
Matching Gift Program
Several Bemis Company Matching Gift Programs were established to support employees’ personal donations to organizations and causes of interest.
Through the Bemis FoodShare Program, employees have the opportunity to have their contributions to local food banks and food shelves matched by the company. While the match normally is 100 percent (equal to the employee donation), the Bemis Foundation has doubled its match since 1991, reflecting increased needs in communities where Bemis is located. In 2011, employee donations were $59,219.00, providing a total of $177,657.00, including the company’s double match.
*Note: All Gift Matching Applications must be turned into the Foundation no later than December 1st to be matched in the current calendar year.
Educational Gift Matching Plan
Bemis employees have an opportunity for their personal contributions to eligible elementary and secondary, vocational/technical schools, colleges and universities double-matched through the Educational Gift Matching Program. In 2011, $371,608.000 was expended to provide a 200 percent match to gifts from employees.
Nonprofit Gift Matching
A Gift Matching Plan for Nonprofit Organizations was started in June 2000. The Plan allows an employee’s contribution to an eligible nonprofit organization to be matched dollar for dollar. To be eligible, an organization must be nonprofit and be recognized as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service through code section 501(c)(3) designation. A maximum of $500 will be matched by the Bemis Company Foundation for any one employee during one calendar year. There is a minimum limitation of $25 for any one gift to a single eligible organization.
In 2011, $77,901.00 was donated to provide a 100 percent match to donations from employees and retirees.
In 2011, a total of $596,550 was given in 179 scholarships to provide financial aid to the sons and daughters of employees of the company and its subsidiaries. There were 62 students that received first year scholarships and an additional 117 students that received renewals.
The Bemis Scholarship Program is open to dependents under age 25 who wish to attend a community college, four-year college/university or vocational school.
Selections of scholarship recipients are made by Scholarship Management Services, a department of Scholarship America, formerly Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc. (CSFA), which administers the program. Their criteria for selection is based upon academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of goals and aspirations, personal or family circumstances and a recommendation.
United Way Program
Communities are faced with tough issues that can’t be solved overnight. United Way is working hard to help people have the education, jobs, shelter and health they need to succeed.
In 2011, $272,739.00 was distributed to the United Way organization in communities where Bemis has facilities. This does not include employee donations, which nearly double the total Bemis contribution.