L.L. Bean Donates Widely to Appalachian Trail Groups
Thanks to the generosity of L.L. Bean, 80+ organizations will share portions of more than $2M doled out by the company’s board of directors in December of 2016.
Gifts ranging from $5,000 to $225,000 are earmarked for groups that deal with conservation and recreation; health and human services; education; and, culture and the arts.
L.L.Bean’s Charitable Giving Program has shared almost $30 million with nonprofit organizations in the past decade.
Several organizations that promote stewardship and open access to outdoor recreational opportunities received funding:
- Maine Island Trails Association
- Nature Conservancy
- Appalachian Trail Conservancy
- Sporting groups, such as Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society and Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.
L.L. Bean’s Executive Chairman of the Board Shawn Gorman said,
“Being a family-owned, values-based company, we consider our communities and the environment to be major stakeholders…. That’s why we believe it is so important to support these nonprofits … to positively impact the lives of our neighbors, friends and the outdoors.”
Recipients of the 2016 community grants include L.L.Bean partners with programs focused on youth: Maine Audubon, Teens to Trails, Maine Huts and Trails, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and the Student Conservation Association.
In the area of culture and the arts, donations went to the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Portland Ovations, and the Maine State Music Theater.
In addition to donations made through the Charitable Giving Program, the company provided $200,000 in annual support to the Island Explorer propane bus system in Acadia National Park. This year, the company pledged an additional $1 million over the next five years to help provide eco-friendly, free transportation to over three million visitors to Maine’s national park.