L.L.Bean Gives $2 Million to Nonprofit Organizations in 2017

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In addition to our customers, employees, shareholders and vendors, our communities and the environment are our major stakeholders; we are dedicated to providing the necessary resources to positively impact the lives of our neighbors, friends and protect the outdoors.

Today L.L.Bean announced year end approval of its charitable giving program that will allocate $2 million in grants to more than 70 organizations for annual gifts, plus additional funding in smaller grants to dozens more. At its December meeting, the L.L.Bean Board of Directors approved gifts ranging from $5,000 to $412,000, that will be dispersed to organizations involved in the areas of conservation, outdoor recreation, health and human services, education, and culture and the arts.

“As a values-based, family-owned company, it is important for us to support organizations that work so hard to strengthen our communities and provide access to the outdoors,” said Shawn Gorman, L.L.Bean’s Executive Chairman of the Board. “In addition to our customers, employees, shareholders and vendors, our communities and the environment are our major stakeholders; we are dedicated to providing the necessary resources to positively impact the lives of our neighbors, friends and protect the outdoors.”

For decades L.L.Bean has supported the community through its Charitable Giving Program, and in just the last 10 years has provided close to $30 million in funding to nonprofit organizations.

“I am proud of our company’s commitment to support organizations that embody many of the values and traditions of L.L.Bean—integrity, service, respect, healthy living and a passion for the outdoors,” said Stephen Smith, President, and CEO of L.L.Bean. “We’re lucky to have so many groups working to encourage a healthy outdoor lifestyle, preserve our precious natural resources, and focus on the various needs in our communities.”

In the area of conservation and recreation, the focus of the program is engaging young people in healthy outdoor activities and ensuring access to recreational opportunities for all. Recipients of the 2017 community grants included L.L.Bean partners with programs focused on youth: Appalachian…

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