About BJ’s Charitable Foundation®
Our commitment to giving our Members more doesn't stop at the service, selection, or value in our Clubs. At BJ’s, we take pride in actively working to improve the communities our Members live in. Which is why we started the BJ’s Charitable Foundation.
Since its inception in 2005, BJ’s Charitable Foundation has given over $19 million through grants, annual programs and special initiatives, to over 2,300 community organizations in the 15 states where BJ’s Clubs are located. BJ’s Charitable Foundation contributes the bulk of its funding to organizations that provide services to people in need, specifically in the areas of hunger prevention and education.
TYPES OF SUPPORT
Support will be given to nonprofits that work to alleviate hunger through the purchase of food, supplies and additional resources necessary to feed those in need. Funding will be disbursed to agencies, including food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries. We will support the purchase of food, as well as food programs and agency capacity building.
Support will be given to nonprofits that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged. These programs include the purchase of supplies for literacy skills, mentoring, tutoring and career development.
BJ’s Charitable Foundation Grant Recipients
We’ve been lucky to work with thousands of organizations. A listing of those organizations by year can be found if you click on the links below.
Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal
BJ’s Charitable Foundation welcomes funding proposals that are compatible with the above types of support. If you are interested in submitting a grant proposal, please closely follow the guidelines below:
All funding requests must meet the following criteria:
- The proposal must be from an organization that is tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and recognized as a “public charity” by the IRS.
- The program must align with BJ’s Charitable Foundation’s mission of supporting organizations that provide basic needs services (in the form of hunger prevention and education) to those in need in the ways we’ve defined above.
- The program must positively impact communities where BJ’s Clubs are located.
2. Application Procedure
To be considered at the next scheduled Foundation meeting, all required materials must be received by the deadline indicated below. Grant proposals received after this submission deadline will be put on the agenda for the following meeting.
Please Note: To expedite processing, all organizations are limited to one (1) application, regardless of its being approved or denied, per 12-month period. Additional applications will not be considered.
|Quarter||Grant Application Deadlines||Response Dates|
|Q1||January 9, 2015||April 2015|
|Q2||April 10, 2015||July 2015|
|Q3||July 10, 2015||October 2015|
|Q4||October 9, 2015||January 2015|
3. Restrictions and Limitations
BJ’s Charitable Foundation does not provide funding for:
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical disability or national or ethnic origin
- Political organizations, fraternal groups or social clubs that engage in any kind of political activity
- Religious organizations, unless they serve the general public in a significant non-denominational way
- 501(c)(3) organizations or programs/projects that have been in place for less than one (1) year
- Programs that only support one individual or individual families
- Organizations located outside BJ’s Wholesale Club markets
- Capital campaigns
- Private foundations
- Sponsorships for music, film and art festivals
- Support for business expositions/conferences
- Organizations that have applied to the BJ’s Charitable Foundation within the past 12 months
- 509(a)(3) Type III non-functionally integrated supporting organizations
- First-time applicants applying for more than $2,500 in funding
- Organizations that do not have an annual budget, IRS Form 990 and audited financials
- Non-programmatic Salary Request
How to Apply
The first step in applying for funding is registering your organization in our software. In this section, you will be asked to provide general information about your organization.
Then you will be given access to a short questionnaire, where you will be prompted to answer questions such as:
- Is your organization tax exempt under section 501(c)(3)?
- Does your organization have an annual budget?
- Does your organization have audited financials?
- Does your organization file an IRS Form 990?
If your answers meet our grant requirements, you will be permitted to move forward and to access our application for funding.
To begin the application process, please click on the apply now button.
BJ’s Charitable Foundation does not accept grant applications submitted via mail. In efforts to save paper and reduce waste, please refrain from sending any paper correspondence, such as thank you letters and Annual Reports, to the BJ’s Charitable Foundation.
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BJ’s Charitable Foundation reserves the right to change relevant dates and other descriptive material without notice.
BJ’s Charitable Foundation is a donor-advised fund at a national public charity. All contributions to BJ’s Charitable Foundation go directly to the public charity that sponsors the donor-advised fund, and all grants from the donor-advised fund are made at the recommendation of BJ’s Charitable Foundation and its delegates, and at the discretion of the sponsoring charity.