What Nonprofits Should Know about Accepting Gifts from Alcohol and Tobacco Companies

Corporate grantmaking to ethnic/racial organizations

Between 1997 and 1999, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Washington, carried out two studies on corporate giving patterns to racial and ethnic minority nonprofit organizations.

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy is a research and educational organization that promotes increased philanthropic support for, and increased philanthropic access by, disadvantaged populations with the least wealth and least opportunity in our society and economy.

Key Results

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy:

  • Produced, published, and disseminated Grants: Corporate Grantmaking for Racial and Ethnic Communities, a 735-page study. The study analyzed 10,905 grants to racial/ethnic organizations from 124 corporations in 15 American industries during 1995.

    A key recommendation was to greatly increase communication between corporate grantmakers and grantseekers from racial and ethnic minority communities.
  • Produced more than 200 reports from the Grants database in response to requests from corporate donors, private foundations, nonprofit coalitions and other organizations.
  • Produced The Partnership Toolkit for Corporate Grantmakers and Grantseekers, a workbook based on interviews with approximately 100 individuals, including equal numbers of corporate grantmakers, nonprofit leaders, and independent observers.

    The workbook also addresses the special considerations posed by alcohol and tobacco corporate giving. This section includes a discussion and worksheets on reasons for accepting or rejecting tobacco and alcohol funding.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a grant of $195,000 between June 1997 and June 1999.