Recently I came across an article that named 38 organizations that have provided charitable donations to Planned Parenthood. I decided to write all of these organizations and ask them if their inclusion in this list was accurate. I don’t believe in boycotts and stated that my intention in writing was not in an effort to promote or join any boycott. You can read a sample of the letter that I wrote to each organization here. My letters were sent out between July 31, 2015 and August 4, 2015. I’m linking to a graphic version instead of a live text version because I don’t intend for it to be something people can rapidly copy and paste.
Below you fill find the response I received from each organization. Not all of the organizations had email addresses or web contact forms available so many of them had to be contacted by postal mail. I’ll leave it to the reader to decide whether or not they should be included on the list from the original article.
American Cancer Society
Bank of America
Bath & Body Works
Ben & Jerry’s
Thank you for reaching out to The Clorox Company regarding your concern about support for Planned Parenthood.
Community involvement is an integral part of our business and is carried out through a holistic program of grant-making, volunteerism and leadership in community service. In support of this goal, the company provides employees the opportunity to make contributions to nonprofit organizations of their choice, which are matched through The Clorox Company Foundation through our annual giving campaign. While the Foundation does not select these organizations, we recognize that Clorox employees choose to support many different causes they care about.
We are proud our employees have long fostered a culture of personal generosity by donating their time and money to help others. Although the causes they choose to support do not necessarily reflect the focus areas of The Clorox Company Foundation, we continually encourage employee giving.
Again, thank you for voicing your concerns at this time.
Converse does not have a partnership with Planned Parenthood. However, as an affiliate of NIKE, Inc., all employees are eligible for participation in our Employee Matching Gift Program and as part of that program, NIKE, Inc. matches employee contributions to organizations, one of which is the Columbia Willamette Chapter of Planned Parenthood.
Please let me know if there are any questions.
Thank you for visiting Energizer’s Web site and also for taking the time to contact us with your comments.
Energizer Holdings does not directly contribute to Planned Parenthood. Like many companies, Energizer does offer an employee matching gift program in which Energizer colleagues can contribute personal funds to eligible 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
Thank you for contacting Energizer. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Energizer Consumer Services
Thank you for your email expressing your concern of ExxonMobil’s funding of Planned Parenthood.
All of ExxonMobil’s funding for Planned Parenthood organizations has been made through our employee/retiree matching gift and volunteer programs. ExxonMobil’s matching gift and volunteer programs exist to support our employees and retirees in their personal philanthropic giving and community involvement. ExxonMobil’s giving through these programs is based entirely on employees and retirees’ support for these organizations. ExxonMobil’s giving through these programs does not reflect ExxonMobil’s philanthropic priorities or support for community causes.
Exxon Mobil Corporation, together with ExxonMobil Foundation, engages in a range of philanthropic activities to improve education, particularly math and science; promote women as catalysts for economic development; and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries.
Johnson & Johnson
Thank you for writing to us and expressing your opinion. Please be aware that Macy’s makes no direct contributions to Planned Parenthood. Our company does offer a Matching Gift program which allows our employees (we have a workforce of 167,000 Americans) to apply for a company match to their personal gifts to any charitable organization (defined as any organization organized as a 501c3 under the Internal Revenue Service code). Of the many thousands of employee gifts matches each year across the country, a small handful are to Planned Parenthood. But again, these are not direct contributions from the company. We hope this clarifies the nature of our giving program.
Again, we appreciate the time you took to express your viewpoint.
March of Dimes
Thank you for writing to Frito-Lay, a PepsiCo company, about a possible affiliation with Planned Parenthood. We appreciate the time you took to share your sincere feelings with us and for the constructive spirit in which they were offered.
Neither the Tostitos brand, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo nor the PepsiCo Foundation is a corporate sponsor of Planned Parenthood or its related agencies. Through its matching grant program, the PepsiCo Foundation matches contributions made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations and projects.
We hope this information is helpful to you and we appreciate you sharing your concerns with us.
PepsiCo Consumer Relations
Thank you for contacting Starbucks. I just finished reading your email and appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns with us.
I am so sorry for any confusion Tim and want to assure you that we take these concerns very seriously. Starbucks does not have a corporate relationship or sponsorship with Planned Parenthood.
Starbucks may be listed as a donor of an organization the company does not directly sponsor. This is because the Starbucks Foundation “Partner Match” program provides matched cash awards for contributions made by Starbucks partners (employees). Every fiscal year, funds are available to each partner to request in support of personal financial donations or individual community service efforts. Most 501(c)(3) designated nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and most Registered Charities in Canada qualify to receive matching funds.
If you ever have any questions or concerns in the future, please visit us at customerservice.starbucks.com. I hope you have a great weekend.
Susan G. Komen