Global Contributions

In 2019, the Sonoco Foundation donated almost $2.0M to nonprofits worldwide.

Contributions
Local Impact

And $220,000 in college scholarships to our employees and community.

Sonoco employees

In 2019, our employees logged over 1,000 hours of community service.

Volunteering for organizations from soup kitchens to the Humane society, our employees logged more than 1,000 hours for local charities. They stepped up again to raise nearly $5,000 for Rise Against Hunger and then packaged over 12,000 meals going to orphanages and schools in Burundi and Cambodia.
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Sustainability

At Sonoco, we believe People Build Businesses by Doing the Right Thing.

And we believe Sustainability is the right thing – for our communities, our employees, our customers, and our shareholders.
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Our Areas of Support

Education

Education

The Sonoco Foundation supports all levels of education, including higher education institutions that supply Sonoco's future leaders and technology experts.

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

The Sonoco Foundation provides support to health and wellness organizations primarily through grants to United Way campaigns. Requests for support for hospital capital fund drives, youth agencies, emergency services and other health and welfare programs not funded by the United Way will be considered.

Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

Contributions are considered for arts and cultural organizations, public broadcasting, museums and other organizations offering cultural enrichment. 

Environment

Environment

Consideration is given to grants that support conservation and environmental efforts.

Policies

The Sonoco Foundation supports selected activities in the form of one-time or, on occasion, multiyear grants, primarily in communities where the company has operations.

Anti-Discriminatory Policy

The Sonoco Foundation will not support any organization that discriminates against groups or individuals based on race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.

Requests & Priority

A request asking the Sonoco Foundation to consider a portion of the support for a project will generally receive greater priority than one asking the Foundation to be a single funding source. This policy encourages the grantee to seek a wide base of financial support.

Requests should be for specific projects. The Sonoco Foundation prefers not to fund unrestricted general operating expenses.

501(c)(3)

Organizations determined as charitable under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, public entities or other charitable, educational or cultural organizations may submit proposals.

Policies

Submit a Proposal

The Central Carolina Community Foundation administers the grant process for the Sonoco Foundation. The Sonoco Foundation accepts grant proposals from nonprofit organizations serving Darlington and/or Florence counties. 

Submit a Proposal