Chicago — Conagra Brands’ annual “United for Change” employee giving campaign raised more than $530,000 to benefit United Way, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), and Human Rights Watch. The company says the the campaign is designed to increase employees’ understanding of and to raise funds to address the root causes of poverty while also prioritizing issues of racial and social justice. The Conagra Brands Foundation will match a portion of employee contributions made during the campaign.
With a focus on creating an inclusive culture, Conagra notes its partnerships with community and social justice organizations are showcased throughout the campaign. By creating connections that help employees better understand the disparities that exist in the community, these relationships provide an opportunity to directly support nonprofits that develop effective programs, empower individuals and strengthen the communities that they serve, according to Conagra.
“While our teams take active roles in philanthropic organizations throughout the year, I’m especially humbled by the generous employee-contributions that were made during this year’s United for Change campaign,” says Robert Rizzo, senior director, Conagra Brands Foundation. “Our employees are truly the heart and soul of this organization. They’re an engaged, passionate group of people, especially within their own communities, and the care that they have for their neighbors who may be struggling with mental health issues, homelessness, hunger and inequality is unmatched. I am proud to call them colleagues.”
More than 2,300 employees from 34 facility and office locations across the U.S., Mexico and Canada contributed personally and provided gifts to support vital programs in the communities where they live and work. United For Change provides awareness opportunities and a forum for employees to learn from leading nonprofits on topics such as how inflation and the economy are affecting our communities and how small businesses in our neighborhoods are bearing an extra burden during this crisis, Conagra reports.
The ACLU Foundation, United Way and Human Rights Watch were chosen as partners by Conagra employees for the fundraising campaign. Additionally, representatives from each organization spoke with Conagra team members about their respective missions and the impact that donations make for the groups that they serve.