Pfizer Foundation Individual Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions
Volunteer Program Overview
The Pfizer Foundation Volunteer Program is designed to encourage volunteer engagement and to recognize the outstanding volunteer efforts of Pfizer colleagues and retirees.
Colleague Eligibility, Historical Data and Match 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 are eligible. Retirees are also eligible to participate. Temporary employees, interns, spouses and contractors are not eligible for the programs.
How much will the Pfizer Foundation match per year?
The Pfizer Foundation will provide a grant of $500 per retired colleague in support of 40 hours of service to one charitable organization annually.
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 the Program; only 501(c)(3) organizations that also are classified as "public charities" are eligible.
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.
Are there specific types of activities that are not eligible for an individual grant?
Single events, including walk-a-thons, marathons, and bike-a-thons as well as training and fundraising for such events, are not eligible.
Pfizer Foundation Individual Volunteer Program: Submission Process, Disbursement and Deadlines
How do colleagues submit a volunteer grant request?
Volunteer grant requests can be submitted online or by paper form.
Online: http://pfizer.yourcause.com/ and submit a request electronically. As part of the request process, an email address of a contact at the recipient organization must be provided to complete your request. Volunteer hours must be uploaded into the volunteer system before you can submit your request. More information on this process can be found in the User Guides, located on the Community homepage.
EMPID# - is the employer generated identification number provided in the most recent letter.
Paper: a request form must be downloaded from the online portal, completed and mailed to: Pfizer Foundation Individual Volunteer Program, c/o YourCause, 6505 West Park Blvd, Suite 306 PMB 300; Plano, TX 75093. Please include the EIN and a contact at the recipient organization on the form.
EIN#/TaxID# - organization identification number issued by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS).
How do colleagues submit volunteer hours into the platform?
The platform is designed to log and manage your volunteer hours for you. To log your volunteer hours, you can log on to http://pfizer.yourcause.com/, select Volunteer from the navigation menu and click Log Hours. More information on this process can be found in the User Guides, located on the Community homepage.
How many grants are colleagues eligible for annually?
Colleagues are eligible for one individual volunteer grant per organization per calendar year.
What should colleagues do if they are unable to find an organization in the system?
Colleagues are encouraged to 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.
Are colleagues allowed to add organizations to the list?
Colleagues will not be able to add organizations directly to the list; however, they may use the "suggest an organization" option on the Community homepage to email the processing center. Colleagues should note that non-profit organizations are updated monthly through a feed from the IRS.
Are there tips in searching for an organization?
Colleagues are encouraged to use the EIN (organization identification number) or Tax ID# of the organization to best search for an organization.
When will the organization receive the Pfizer Foundation volunteer grant?
Volunteer requests are processed daily and disbursed on a monthly basis to recipient organizations.
Is there a deadline for paper forms to be received?
The deadline for donors to submit a paper request is December 31 of the year in which the volunteer work was provided.