Waste Management Charitable Contributions Program

Waste Management

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Healthy thriving communities depend on involved citizens, organizations and corporate partners for momentum. We lend our support and services to causes that promote civic pride, economic development and revitalization. Every community has its own challenges, and we strive always to be part of problem-solving initiatives.

Giving Guidelines 

These guidelines outline the programs that Waste Management is most motivated to support:

Environment - The environment affects all aspects of our lives, from the air we breathe, to the way we power our homes, to the parklands in which we play. Waste Management is committed to helping provide renewable resources to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and to conserving and maintaining wetlands, wildlife habitats and green spaces for people's enjoyment. Understanding the importance of the environment, Waste Management supports organizations and programs that preserve and/or enhance natural resources.

Environmental Education - The key to ensuring the preservation of the environment is learning about the importance of protecting it and acting in an environmentally responsible manner. To this end, Waste Management prefers to support environmental education programs targeted at middle and high school students. This includes environmental and science related projects, science fairs, Earth Day projects and others.

Causes important to the areas where we operate - Waste Management is committed to enhancing our communities through programs that help make them cleaner and better places to live. Local Waste Management facilities are proactive in identifying charities located in the immediate community that they serve and in many cases may have predetermined which organizations they will be supporting that year.

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  • The Waste Management Charitable Contributions program provides support to organizations that are duly certified by the state in which they operate and are in receipt of an IRS ruling that they are classified as a a 501(c)(3) organization or public organizations where any donations requested will be used exclusively for public purposes. 


  • We target our support to specific projects or programs that enhance the scope of services offered by an organization.
  • Preference is also given to organizations, which have a broad base of funders, community partners, and volunteers.


  • WM prefers not to financially support operating costs, capital campaigns, or multi-year requests.
  • The Waste Management Charitable Contributions program does not fund:
    • Individuals;
    • Travel by groups or individuals;
    • Individual requests for fundraising events such as walks, runs and others;
    • Religious organizations which limit their services to members of one religious group or those whose purpose or emphasis is to propagate a particular religious faith or creed such as churches, missionary groups, sectarian welfare or relief efforts.
      •  Exceptions may be granted where programs benefit the community at large (e.g., contributions to support a church's community soup kitchen, etc.);
    • Political candidates or lobbying organizations;
    • Endowments or Foundations;
    • Organizations with a limited constituency, such as fraternities, or labor groups;
    • Organizations that have discriminatory policies regarding ethnic background, gender, religious affiliation, etc.; and
    • Anti-business groups.