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Grants, Donations & Guidelines
Getting Chiquita involved in your project
At Chiquita, we love to play our part in supporting worthwhile causes in the community, and the two areas that we provide assistance with are product donations and corporate grants. We’ve developed specific guidelines that you can follow in enlisting our help with your community involvement projects.

Corporate Grants
Providing vital funding
Chiquita welcomes your requests for financial support of your worthwhile projects. Please review our guidelines below and take our eligibility quiz to begin the application process. 
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IMPORTANT NOTE:
Approved grant applicants are required to complete a detailed grant report within 30 days after project completion. Failure to complete the report will suspend an organization’s eligibility for future funding from any grants program from Chiquita Brands International.
Product Donations
Giving our bounty to the community
Chiquita’s product donations—including Chiquita® Bananas and Fresh Express® salads —account for approximately half of all our corporate giving. Please review our guidelines below and take our eligibility quiz to begin the application process. 
IMPORTANT NOTE:
All approved product donations are subject to product availability and must be picked up at the designated distribution center. Product delivery is not provided. Official confirmation may not be determined until the day of pick up.
Guidelines
We’ve developed a list of guidelines that you can follow in enlisting our help in your community involvement projects.
  • Chiquita only supports not-for-profit organizations. Proof of nonprofit status is required for eligibility. Applicants from the United States must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applicants outside the United States must be charitable in purpose and identified as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or the equivalent of a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

Funding Priorities

Chiquita gives to programs that:

  • Promote healthy living, particularly programs that educate children on nutrition and/or help them to lead healthier lives through nutrition and/or physical activity.
  • Support environmental and social programs that advance responsible and sustainable business practices.

In addition, the company encourages employees to give something back to our communities through involvement in nonprofit agencies. To support and recognize employee volunteer participation, Chiquita also gives funding priority to nonprofit groups in which our employees serve.

Geographic Focus

Chiquita Brands International is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and conducts business in nearly 70 countries around the world. The majority of the company’s employees work in Latin America, mostly in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama. Chiquita focuses its giving in the communities where the company has a significant presence. As much as possible, we support outstanding local organizations that address local needs where our employees live and work.

How to Apply

Only requests made through Chiquita.com will be accepted for consideration. Successful completion of the eligibility quiz is required to apply for a grant or product donation. Once the eligibility quiz is successfully completed, applicants will be automatically directed to the appropriate application.

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Description of the organization, including its mission statement
  • Proof of the organization’s not-for-profit status
  • Name, mailing address, email address and phone number of the primary contact
  • Detailed description of the project or activity for which support is being requested, including whom the project will benefit, the design of the project and outcomes expected
  • A brief overview of the organization’s operating budget, including income sources and expenses for the project
  • The amount of money or the quantity of bananas requested. If requesting bananas, you will need to include the date of the event, the date you would like to pick them up and a statement about how they will be used.

The size of our grants varies, but $500 to $5,000 is typical. We rarely support requests in excess of $25,000. Any charity receiving more than $25,000 in a calendar year will require special approval from Chiquita’s CEO and/or Board of Directors. Charities are requested to limit financial requests to one per calendar year.

All product donation requests must be for a specific event and include an end-date. Open-ended requests will not be considered. The size of our Chiquita Bananas donations varies but 1 to 10 boxes is typical. We generally do not support requests for bananas in excess of 50 boxes (one box contains enough bananas for about 100 people). Typical Fresh Express Salads donations will feed approximately 200 people. All product donations are based on availability.

Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Product donation requests must be submitted no later than the 10th of the previous month and no earlier than 6 months before the event. Decisions regarding financial contributions are generally made within 30 business days after the receipt of all required information and documents. No immediate decisions will be made. It is strongly recommended that grant requests be submitted on-line at least four (4) months prior to the start of the proposed project start date since funding can take up to 12 weeks.

What Happens Next?

Organizations are contacted by telephone or email if additional information or follow-up is required regarding a grant request.

Chiquita’s decisions are based on appropriate fit with these guidelines and budget availability. Chiquita receives many more requests than we can support. A decision to decline a request does not imply that the applicant’s program is not needed or valued, but simply that it does not fall within our giving guidelines or priorities, or that funds are not available.

Due to the heavy volume of applications, we are unable to reply to individual inquiries regarding the status of requests.

Payment of Approved Grants

Chiquita no longer pays funded grantee organizations with checks. All grant payments worldwide will be sent via Electronic Funds Transfers directly into the bank accounts of the funded organizations.

What We Do Not Support

Chiquita’s charitable giving program is not able to support:

  • For-profit ventures
  • Individuals or groups seeking to raise money for personal goals. This includes scholarships, research or travel grants, stipends, fellowships, personal assistance, conferences, training or learning programs, travel for reunions/anniversaries, mission trips, travel for races, contests, or competitions, etc.
  • Development or production of books, films, videos, radio or TV programs
  • Individual sports teams
  • Religious groups for religious purposes
  • Capital campaigns
  • Lobbying, political or fraternal activities
  • Raffles/Games of chance
  • Organizations already receiving financial support from United Way
  • Advertising or marketing sponsorships
  • Multi-year requests
  • Third party requests, including individuals independently raising money for the nonprofit.

As a general rule, we do not financially support special events (benefits, walk-a-thons, golf outings, etc.). While fundraisers are important to the organizations hosting them, we prefer to provide support directly to programs and services. Special events are eligible for product donations.

Chiquita will not knowingly support organizations that discriminate based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation or age.

Since the company receives funding requests far in excess of its annual contribution program budget, it must often decline support to worthy organizations and programs. Such a response does not reflect in any way a negative appraisal of the prospective organization or the value of its services.

In order to access each application, applicants must pass an eligibility quiz that assesses whether the requests meet the program criteria and prevents applicants from expending unnecessary time and effort to complete a full application when the request does not meet our requirements.

Passing the eligibility quiz does not ensure that a grant or donation will be awarded. Applicants who pass the eligibility quiz must then complete and submit the entire application online. All eligible requests will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not the request is approved.




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