Wherever Constellation Brands has a significant presence, it is our goal to be part of the community and contribute in ways that enrich the lives of people residing in those areas. Our philanthropic efforts are focused on three areas: health, education and arts and culture.
Since the deadly earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, Constellation has been collaborating with InterVol, an international humanitarian organization, Rochester General Hospital (RGH) in New York and other partners in health and education to assist with relief efforts. Constellation provided chartered jets to carry medical teams and supplies, and Constellation employees donated cases of food and toys, along with cash contributions, which were matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. To date, 8,000 pounds of medical supplies and ambulatory equipment have been transported to Haiti, and InterVol and its partners have performed 400 surgeries and have had more than 10,000 patient interactions.
Constellation also provides significant philanthropic support to a number of health organizations, including:
The American Cancer Society; F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, New York; Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada; Lodi Memorial Hospital in Lodi, California; Ride to Conquer Cancer in Canada; and Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York.
Constellation targets its corporate giving for education in support of children with learning and developmental challenges, programs that help support wine and culinary education, science and business curriculums, and diversity in business and the community.
Constellation supports University of California, Davis’ active research and education programs in viticulture, enology and food science. The Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI) at UC Davis brings two departments – Viticulture and Enology, and Food Science and Technology – under one roof in a new, state-of-the-art facility. The RMI, which opened in late 2008, will unveil the Constellation Wine Cellar in the Teaching Resource Center in the fall of 2010.
Constellation also provides philanthropic support to a number of other educational organizations, including:
Brock University in Canada; Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York; Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection in Rochester, New York; Napa Valley Unified School District in Napa Valley, California; New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua; the Partnership for Equal Justice in Rochester; Public Advocates in California; EnCompass in Rochester; the Norman Howard School in Rochester; and The Oxbow School in California.
Arts and Culture
A major renovation of the Nazareth College Arts Center in Rochester, New York, was completed in 2009, creating the new performance home of the Rochester City Ballet. The multimillion-dollar renovation was made possible through a $2 million gift from Constellation.
Other Arts and Culture organizations benefiting from Constellation’s corporate giving include:
The Napa Valley Symphony in California; the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, New York; Rochester City Ballet in Rochester, New York; and The Shaw Festival in Canada
How to Request a Donation
To ensure a fair selection process in the allocation of funds and in-kind donations, Constellation has established guidelines, a standard request process, and a committee to review all requests. Please review the guidelines below and visit this site to apply for a donation. All requests for contributions should be submitted at least two months prior to the event and include a copy of your organization's 501(c)3 certificate. You will receive a reply within four weeks.
Corporate Giving Guidelines
• Our corporate giving is focused on non-profit organizations in the fields of health, education, and arts and culture and concentrates where we have a strong business presence.
• Funding or in-kind product donation requests should be received by Constellation Brands at least two months before the date of your event.
• Recurring requests must be submitted each year.
• We are unable to support the following: political causes or candidates; clubs such as Little League teams or professional sports; groups requesting funds for individual or private causes; groups that receive significant funding through the United Way (Constellation donates directly to the United Way); and entertainment or commercial sponsorships.
If you have questions, please contact Constellation's department of Community Affairs at 585-678-7236.
For more on our CSR efforts and initiatives around the world, please visit constellationcsr.com.