The Cooper Standard Foundation makes charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations primarily in communities where Cooper Standard has a presence. Extra consideration will be given to organizations or institutions in which Cooper Standard employees are involved and are contributing their time.
In evaluating requests for funds, those organizations that fit the Foundation's mission will receive priority, including children's charities, education (especially science and math), health and wellness, and community revitalization.
Ineligible Groups/Events include:
- School and league sports teams and events
- Dinner fundraising events
- Private K-12 schools
- Other foundations
The Foundation operates on a calendar year and proposals are accepted throughout the year. The Foundation Board meets twice annually (March and September) following these meetings, notifications of proposals will be issued. Commitments for funds are not made verbally, and personal visits and phone calls to the Foundation are not encouraged. However, organizations may be invited to present in-person to the Foundation Board. Requests must be in writing and should include the following information:
- Copy of a letter regarding tax exempt status under Section 501(C)3 of the Internal Revenue Code
- Description of the structure, purpose, history and programs of the organization
- Summary of the need for support and how it will be used
- Geographic areas served by the organization
- If employee recommended, name and location of the employee