Regional Giving Around The World

Building on a strong 115-year legacy, we continue our mission to help maintain the vitality of our communities around the world. In 2013, we gave $11.9 million globally.


IP Foundation, USA: Since its inception in 1952, the IP Foundation has supported non-profit organizations in the communities where International Paper has operations. More than 150 U.S. facilities provide local grants in support of our localfocus areas, environmental education and literacy.

Instituto International Paper (IIP), Brazil: In November 2009, IIP was officially recognized as a public interest civil organization, allowing them to take donations and contributions on a tax-free basis. IIP’s focus is on environmental education, sustainability and education.

IP Kwidzyn Charity Foundation, Poland: IP-Kwidzyn Charity Foundation was established in 1994 based on the IP Foundation model in the United States. The foundation raises its funds from voluntary donations from employees and a fixed donation from the company. IP-Kwidzyn strives to improve health conditions and social welfare through the support of healthcare organizations.

IP India Foundation (IPIF), India: IP India Foundation represents one of International Paper’s newest giving regions. Incorporated in 2013, IPIF undertakes corporate social responsibility efforts in the environment, education and community engagement.

IP Asia & IP Russia: International Paperworks with our group companies and local partners to support our philanthropic focus areas in the communities we touch. Although we do not have official foundations established in this region, our employees live the spirit of our mission through their volunteerism and donations.

Signature Giving Programs

International Paper is proud of the legacy of signature giving established through key partnerships. We have three signature giving programs: Coins 4 Kids, the IP Employee Relief Fund and United Way.®

Employees' Pocket Change Changes Lives

Since 2004, International Paper has saved change and changed lives through Coins 4 Kids®, a school meals program and awareness campaign to help end world hunger. International Paper’s involvement with Coins 4 Kids has resulted in contributions of more than $8 million to the World Food Program USA and sponsorship of nearly 100 schools in impoverished Kenyan communities.

The model is simple: International Paper employees collect their spare change in small red cups — symbolic replicas of the cups in which students receive their meals at school each day in Kenya — and contribute their collections to Coins 4 Kids, which provides nutritious daily meals for children.

Beyond raising funds, the spouses of International Paper employees also dedicate themselves and annually play a critical volunteer role in the Coins 4 Kids effort. In 2013, International Paper employees and their spouses raised over $200,000 through our Spring 4 Kids Campaign. The International Paper Foundation complemented that giving with an additional $550,000 donation, resulting in more than $750,000 to the World Food Program USA in 2013. The generosity, leadership and compassion behind Coins 4 Kids have helped International Paper remain one of the World Food Program’s largest private donors and long-term partners in Kenya.


Employee Relief Fund Helps Employees In Need

The International Paper Employee Relief Fund (ERF) is a unique public charity created by the company and driven by employee donations. Through the ERF, IP employees can pool their resources to provide cash grants to fellow employees facing hardships in the wake of a natural disaster or personal emergency, e.g., house fire or flood. Employee contributions to the ERF are matched dollar-for-dollar by International Paper. In 2013, approximately eight International Paper employees around the globe applied for disaster assistance and received $16,500 in ERF grants due to fire, flood and thunderstorm damage.

International Paper Employees Live United: United Way Campaign

For decades, our employees have joined together to raise funds for local United Way chapters and partner agencies across the United States and Europe. Employee financial gifts to the United Way, along with the company’s 60 percent match, have raised significant funds for the organization, displaying our employees’ generosity and desire to make an impact in their community. In 2013, U.S. International Paper gave a record $1.2 million to United Way and its network of charities and services. Combined with employee donations, approximately $3 million was raised during our 2013 United Way campaign.


Employee Volunteering

With 70,000 employees in more than 24 countries, International Paper embraces an important responsibility to the communities in which we operate. On nearly every continent each year, our employees donate time, effort, passion and leadership — the key pillars that support International Paper volunteer efforts around the globe.

In 2013, we formed a global team that is investigating potential ways to measure our employee volunteer hours around the world. While we know our impact is extensive, we do not yet have a data collection process to capture volunteer hours.

At International Paper, our employee volunteers dedicate their time and energy outside of the workplace to activities year-round.

In 2013, more than 110 employee involvement grants were awarded to non-profit agencies on behalf of International Paper employees. Such incentives reward community volunteering by our employees.

Wolf River Eco-Challenge

The Wolf River Conservancy’s Eco-Challenge near International Paper’s headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, is a program about the river’s ecosystem that gives fifth-grade students the opportunity to experience local natural resources firsthand.

In addition to employee participation on the Wolf River Conservancy Board of Directors, several International Paper employees periodically join this river raft experience on the scenic paths of the upper Wolf River. The exhibition helps students learn where their drinking water comes from and how to protect it. This experiential education opportunity has the ultimate goal of inspiring students — especially those growing up in urban centers with little access to nature — to become stewards of their environment.


International Paper Brazil Employees Unite To Help Underprivileged Children

Engagement with the Guardiões project in Brazil enabled our employees to protect and care for underprivileged children and adolescents. On Dec. 16 and 17, 2013, more than 90 employees from International Paper Brazil, including our new colleagues from ORSA — International Paper’s packaging business in Brazil — donated Christmas gifts and clothing, brightening the holidays for children in the region.