The Pfizer Foundation Volunteer programs promote colleague volunteerism by providing grants linked to hands-on activities to eligible 501 (c)(3) organizations that meet program criteria. Through the program, recipient organization benefit twice from a colleague’s community service — first from the gift of time and again by a grant from the Pfizer Foundation.
Eligibility and Grant Limits
Who is eligible to participate in the Pfizer Foundation Individual Volunteer Program? All regular, full- or part-time U.S. and Puerto Rico-based colleagues and retirees are eligible. Temporary employees, interns, spouses and contractors are not eligible for the programs.
How do retirees qualify for a Pfizer Foundation Individual Volunteer Grant? The Pfizer Foundation will provide a grant of $500 in support of 40 hours of service to retirees to one charitable organization annually.
How many grants are retirees eligible for annually? Retirees are eligible for one individual volunteer grant per organization per calendar year.
Is there a deadline to submit an Individual volunteer grant request? The deadline for retirees to submit a request is December 31 of the year in which the volunteer work was provided.
What types of organizations are eligible to receive a grant through the Pfizer Foundation Individual Volunteer Program? Nonprofit organizations located in the United States and Puerto Rico and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt and designated a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) or as an instrumentality of a federal, state or local government as provided by Section 170(c)(1) of the Code.
Eligible organizations include, but are not limited to, colleges and universities, private and public elementary and secondary schools, civic, arts and culture, health and human service agencies and environmental organizations.
What is a 501(c)(3)? 501(c)(3) is the section of the Code which establishes the criteria for tax exempt charitable organizations. An organization must have 501(c)(3) status (i.e., must be tax exempt) in order to receive matching funds. Note that not all 501(c)(3) organizations qualify for a volunteer grant; only 501(c)(3) organizations that also are classified as “public charities” are eligible.
Are colleagues allowed to add organizations to the list? Retirees can use the ‘suggest an organization’ option on the Community homepage to send an email to the processing center with the information of the organization. A trained representative will be back in touch with colleague within 48 hours with a response. Retirees should note that non-profit organizations are updated monthly through a feed from the IRS.
Are there tips in searching for an organization? Retirees are encouraged to use the EIN of the organization to best search for an organization.
Is a soup kitchen operated by a local church eligible for a volunteer grant? No. The soup kitchen must obtain a separate 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS to be eligible for a match. It cannot use the determination letter from the church.
How does an organization update its contact information on the YourCause online platform? Organizations must update their contact information through the YourCause NPO Portal at npo.yourcause.com.
Are there specific types of activities that are not eligible for an individual grant? Training and fundraising for events such as walk-a-thons, marathons, and bike-a-thons are not eligible.
Pfizer Foundation Individual Volunteer Program: Submission Process, Disbursement and Deadlines
How do retirees submit a Pfizer Foundation Volunteer grant request? Volunteer grant requests are submitted online at http://pfizer.yourcause.com/. The platform is designed to log and manage volunteer hours for colleagues and retirees.
When will the organization receive the Pfizer Foundation volunteer grant? Volunteer requests are processed daily and disbursed on the 15th of each month to recipient organizations.
Customer Service Contact Information
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