Since our beginnings, LP employees have been working and giving time to the community to help build strong relationships with our neighbors. Employees use their passion, skills and expertise as leaders and volunteers focused on the needs of their communities.
LP teams have come together from across the United States, Canada and South America to make a real impact in their communities by repairing homes, working with children, cleaning beaches, and helping raise awareness of our environment. Many of our projects can be seen on the LP Community Facebook page.
LP Volunteer Efforts
LP people volunteer as individuals and teams across the company. Just a few recent volunteer highlights:
- Since 2008, LP has partnered with Rebuilding Together, a leading national non-profit in safe and healthy housing, to assist 25 families in need improve their homes by making needed repairs and energy efficiency upgrades so that families can safely stay in their homes, contributing more than 1,900 hours of work.
- LP’s Corporate Engineering Department mentors high school students involved in the Academies of Nashville: The Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Alternative Energy, Logistics and Sustainability. Students participate in job shadowing, hands-on projects and events with LP employees.
- LP’s Forest Resources Division hosts the Middle Tennessee Chapter, Kentucky-Tennessee Society of American Foresters for a day of mentoring and an evening of music. The annual event, which started in 2015, pairs forestry students with foresters and engineers for a day of mentoring and music in Nashville.
- After heavy rains inundated the Baton Rouge, La., area in September 2016, LP teamed with Zachary Lumber and Hardware and BlueLinx’s New Orleans distributorship to feed Zachary Lumber customers as well as the Zachary, La. Police Department while they were working around the clock in flood relief and recovery efforts. Texas Territory Sales Manager Michael Murphy brought his grill from San Antonio and Channel Manager Kip Faulk helped serve the delicious food.
- LP employees team up with PENCIL Foundation volunteers in Nashville each fall to support the nonprofit organization’s annual school supplies drive at Nissan Stadium before a Tennessee Titans game, benefiting LP Pencil Box. Since 2005, when LP PENCIL Box was founded, more than $4 million worth of school supplies have been distributed to Metro Nashville Public School students whose families cannot afford to purchase them.
- A volunteer crew from LP Portland works annually to fill hundreds of backpacks with school supplies for Schoolhouse Supplies, a local nonprofit that gives school supplies to area public schools.
- LP employees team up each year with the Nashville NHL Predators Foundation to build new playgrounds for children and young students at Nashville area schools and early childhood development centers.
- LP employees are members of volunteer fire departments, search and rescue teams, and community development boards in the many communities where we operate.
Nonprofit Board Participation
LP executives and managers donate their time and expertise as members of the boards of directors for community nonprofits. Since 2004, when LP moved its headquarters to Nashville, LP managers at corporate headquarters have served as directors for such organizations as the Oasis Center, Adventure Science Center, Monroe Harding, the Land Trust for Tennessee, the YWCA of Middle Tennessee, the PENCIL Foundation, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Y-Build, the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and Rebuilding Together Nashville and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce among others.
How We Give
LP and The LP Foundation contribute both cash and product. We also support nonprofit organizations and public schools. Our charitable donations focus on shelter programs, K–12 public schools, environmental programs, social services and special needs in the communities near LP mills and offices. Our charitable grants include: Foundation General Grants Governed by a five member Board of Trustees.
Community Impact Grants
The LP Foundation annually offers the Community Grant program in small, rural communities that are home to our mills and administrative offices in the U.S. and Canada. LP mills partner with local qualified nonprofits or schools for these grants, from $3,000 to $4,000 depending on the size of our workforce at the mill.
Employee Matching Grant
The LP Foundation matches 100% of employee contributions (up to $1,000 per individual per year) to qualified charities and K-12 public schools. The LP Foundation currently does not accept unsolicited grant applications. If you wish to inquire about grant opportunities, please send an email to The LP Foundation.
The LP Foundation IRS Determination Letter and 990 forms
LP Grants Awarded in 2017
- PENCIL Foundation - LP Pencil Box free school supply store
- Oasis Center – shelter for youth in crisis
- YWCA – domestic violence shelter
- Rebuilding Together – rehab of homes for those in need
- The Land Trust of Tennessee – land conservation
- Monroe Harding – youth cooperative living program
- KaBOOM! – playground builds for kids growing up in poverty
- Hard Bargain Association – rehab and affordable housing in Franklin
The LP Foundation also supports numerous non-profit events throughout the year through corporate sponsorships, including American Heart Association, Conexion Americas, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and Harpeth River Watershed Association.
- Sammy Brown Library
- Thomasville Revitalization Community Development Corp.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Alabama
- Step Up N Ride Society
- Aspotogan Consolidated Elementary School
- Lady Grey Elementary School
- Cullman Caring for Kids
- Victim Services of Cullman
- Friends of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
- Southside School - RSU 29
- East End Volunteer Fire Department
- Établissement le Rucher, École primaire St-Boniface
- Project Backpack
- Tahquamenon Area Schools Playground Fund
- Fort St. John's Women Resource Society
- School House Supplies
- Tehama County Reading Council
- Tehama County Department of Education
- Person County Habitat for Humanity
- Communities in Schools of Wilkes County
- Iron Mountain-Kingsford Kiwanis Club
- Taylor School
- Salvation Army Happy Backpack program
- Three Rivers United Temporary Housing/Our Sisters House
- Minnehaha PTA
- The Carousel Center
In addition, The LP Foundation has matched employee contributions to scores of other organizations across the United States and Canada.