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International Paper, Inc.

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Predicted deadline: Sep 15, 2024

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: Forestry Water Resource Management Air Quality Food Access & Hunger Children’s Health & Pediatrics Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Education - K through 12 Education - Preschool / Early Learning Community Services Disaster Preparedness Wellness & Healthy Living Literacy Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: District of Columbia, Counties in Alabama: Autauga County, Baldwin County, Bibb County, Dale County Show all

Location of residency: District of Columbia, Counties in Alabama: Autauga County, Baldwin County, Bibb County, Dale County Show all


NOTE: All U.S. and Canadian requests must be submitted to the nearest International Paper facility via the online grant application 

  • In Memphis, TN applications will be reviewed twice a year. See separate grant page here. 
  • In the rest of the U.S. and Canada, applications are accepted through mid-September.

International Paper supports U.S. non-profit organizations where our employees live and work.

Signature Causes and Guidelines

The majority of the Company donations and contributions to local non-profit organizations will support our signature causes and adhere to our giving guidelines.

We continue to be a force for good in our communities. We make sustainable investments to protect and improve the lives of our employees and mobilize our people, products and resources to address critical needs in the communities where we live and work. Most of the Company's donations and IP Foundation grants will support projects or programs focused on our Signature Causes – education, hunger, health and wellness, and disaster relief.


The future of our communities depends on the children, and therefore, we support strategic partners that focus on helping children succeed via a comprehensive approach to education. Literacy, particularly from birth through 3rd grade, is our primary focus because reading skills form the foundation for all childhood learning.


We work with food banks and other agencies to address hunger and food security for children, families and seniors. These organizations provide meals, access to healthy foods and other programs in the communities where our employees live and work.

Health & Wellness

We engage our employees and work with agencies to promote healthy living habits and achieve measurable improvements in health and wellness.

Disaster Relief

We partner with agencies to help communities prepare for and to recover from natural disasters, and we use our Employee Relief Fund to support our affected colleagues.

Limited Foundation funds are available in the following areas:

Critical Community Needs

Support is also available for other critical needs in the communities where our employees live and work. International Paper personnel at our facilities are in the best position to know local needs and are tasked with ensuring that donations are allocated based on the most critical of needs. A project or program does not necessarily need to benefit the community at large, but it should impact an underserved sector of the population or serve a critical need.

Significant Environmental Needs

At International Paper, our entire business depends upon the sustainability of forests. We will continue to lead the world in responsible forest stewardship to ensure healthy and productive forest ecosystems for generations to come. We continue to improve our environmental footprint and promote the long-term sustainability of natural capital. The Company and the IP Foundation will bolster this commitment by supporting organizations working on forest, water, air and responsible sourcing issues.

Employee Involvement

The Company and the International Paper Foundation endorse employees’ community involvement efforts by considering applications from charitable organizations supported by our employees. Organizations that are supported by full-time employees who either serve on the entity’s Board of Directors or who have been supporting the organization for at least six months are eligible to apply for funding.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We support nonprofit charitable organizations classified under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 509(a) (1), (2) or (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code, Canadian-based organizations with Charitable Business Number Registration (BNR) or exempt operating foundations. 
  • Certain municipal, county, state and federal entities (such as a school district or fire department), are eligible if a fiscal conduit letter from an affiliated tax-exempt organization (such as a school district or municipality) is attached to the online application.
    • The letter must state that the affiliated tax-exempt organization will disperse Foundation funds for use on the approved project as the Foundation directs.
    • Sample letters are included in the application. 
  • Organizations must be in good financial and public standing, show evidence of competent management, have low administrative/fundraising expense ratios and manage nondiscriminatory programs benefiting broad segments of the community.
  • International Paper does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law. 
  • International Paper Company Foundation in North America supports U.S. non-profit organizations within the communities where International Paper has operations.


  • Priority is assigned to requests that fall within our signature causes and that provide evidence of active engagement by International Paper employees. 


  • If your organization does not have an International Paper location in the community, you are not eligible for grant funding. 
  • International Paper Foundation does not support private foundations. 
  • International Paper generally does not provide funds for:
    • Individuals
    • Salaries, stipends and other forms of compensation
    • Mortgage, rent or utilities
    • Academic scholarships
    • Endowments
    • Capital expenses (building funds, real estate purchases, equipment, etc.,)
    • Veterans, labor groups, religious, political groups or organizations that have as their primary purpose attempting to influence legislation
    • Organizations that discriminate on the basis age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, military or veteran status, national origin, race, sexual orientation, religious belief or any other classification protected by law
    • Donations or contributions to primarily benefit employees or families of International Paper, or pay for services, subscriptions, tuition, or memberships
    • Sponsorships or advertising
    • Multi-year commitments
    • Travel or lodging for groups or individuals
    • More than 20 percent of a charitable organization’s total income
    • Organizations less than two years old

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