As a family company,
at SC Johnson we have always believed that along with providing great
products that make life better for families, we should have a positive
impact in our communities as well. Wherever we operate, we should help
make that place better, because we are there.
This notion is summarized in This We Believe,
our statement of principles, and it is how we live up to the
expectations voiced in 1927 by second generation company leader Herbert
Fisk Johnson Sr. He said, “The goodwill of people is the only enduring
thing in any business. It is the sole substance. The rest is shadow.”
This philosophy has guided the company for five generations.
We demonstrate it to this day by working to support our hometown
community of Racine, Wisconsin - home of our global headquarters for
more than 125 years - as well as the communities where we operate around the globe and the world at large.
the last 10 years alone, SC Johnson has made thousands of charitable
contributions in the United States. Contributions worldwide have
exceeded $200 million.* The company also donates thousands of branded products each year.
Importantly, SC Johnson people give generously of their time, as well.
Local and Global Grants
the years, SC Johnson
has granted millions of dollars to local and global
organizations. This includes hundreds of smaller grants every year as
well as occasional large grants to support major or multi-year programs.
In the last five years, we made more than 1,250 small grants to support
For example, we contributed to:
- Make-A-Wish of Wisconsin, to sponsor its Walk & Run for Wishes event
- Racine Kiwanis, to support renovation of a holiday lights display at the Racine Zoo
- Kenosha Public Museum, to sponsor its Sustainable Shelter exhibit.
On a larger scale, we have contributed $1 million to
Gateway Technical College in Racine, Wisconsin, to underwrite skill
training for under-employed people in the Southeastern Wisconsin area,
where our global headquarters is located.
We also typically
provide more than $1 million annually in product donations through
Feeding America to support non-profit organizations and disadvantaged
families across the United States.
Engaging Employees to Make a Difference
Johnson has ongoing programs to involve employees in philanthropic
efforts and in their communities. For example, the Educational Matching
Gift program - launched in 1960 - matches employees’ and retirees’
financial gifts to accredited educational institutions, up to $6,000 per
year for each employee or retiree.
In addition, in 2001 SC
Johnson launched a Dollars for Doers program to recognize volunteer
time. When an employee or retiree volunteers 40 hours of service to a
non-profit in a fiscal year, SC Johnson donates $250 to that
organization. Since its launch, the Dollars for Doers program has
awarded more than $350,000 to hundreds of organizations.
Helping the Next Generation
Along with a Sons & Daughters Scholarship Program for dependents of
employees and retirees, the company established a Young
Leaders Scholarship program to assist economically disadvantaged high
school seniors of non-employee families in Racine, Wisconsin.
plan to continue their education in college or vocational schools can
apply for renewable scholarships. More than $2.8 million in Young
Leaders scholarships have been granted to 175 Racine students since 2002.
SC Johnson grants and donations are awarded through corporate
contributions and SC Johnson Giving, Inc., the charitable foundation of
SC Johnson, formerly known as The SC Johnson Fund, Inc.