Green Bay Packers Foundation
The Green Bay Packers organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan residents by donating time and talents, along with providing diverse community outreach programs.
Our programs are designed to assist non-profit organizations, mentor youth, encourage volunteerism and gain an awareness of the unique needs of our communities.
We are committed to taking an active role in leading by example to encourage, inspire and build unity within the communities that have consistently supported us for more than 85 years.
Non-profit organizations throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan look to the Green Bay Packers for both tangible and intangible assistance for their beneficiaries - help that comes in the form of money, food, clothing, autographs, or simply from smiles brought about by the visit of someone's sports hero. The Green Bay Packers organization, along with its players and coaches, willingly accepts this responsibility. Four full-time employees and two part-time employees spend every working day organizing charitable involvement that comes about through the commitment of the players, coaches and staff.
The community involvement takes many forms. The Packers sponsor special fundraising events, make donations of cash and memorabilia to many charitable organizations, make personal appearances and serve on various community boards and commissions. While it's impossible to list every donation or event, the Green Bay Packers Community Involvement Report provides an overview of the organization's many contributions.
Last year the Foundation distributed $144,250 to 61 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin. With these disbursements, the Foundation has distributed $1,618,376 for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, "as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity."
The financial breakdown of the Foundation's contributions discloses that 28 grants -- aggregating $79,750 -- were awarded to Brown County organizations. Additional grants, totaling $64,500, were made to 33 other groups around the state.
Under the Packers Scholarship Program, established in 2002, an additional $15,000 is being awarded -- $7,500 to Scholarships, Inc., for distribution to students in four-year colleges -- and $7,500 to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) for distribution to students in two-year associate degree or apprenticeship trades programs. The scholarship funds come from National Football League Properties which, at the Packers' request, returns to the Foundation royalty fees paid for using the Packers logo on Wisconsin automobile license plates.
In the past year, the Packers Foundation also has distributed an additional $52,375 on behalf of National Football League Charities -- $21,500 in Community Quarterback awards to civic leaders for contributions to the community, $5,600 in Junior Community Quarterback awards, $12,375 in the NFL's Coach of the Week program, which honors successful Wisconsin high school coaches on a weekly basis throughout the season, $2,900 for the Junior Volunteer Stars grant, $5,000 in NFL Join the Team initiative, and $5,000 in the league's Hometown Huddle program.
Application requests can be placed anytime, but applications/guidelines will not be sent out until January, 2008. Grants will be determined after all applications are received and awarded in the spring of 2008.