CH2M Foundation and giving

CH2M contributes to nonprofit organizations around the world with a focus on two areas of giving and employee engagement: developing sustainable communities and promoting STEM education.

Butare, Rwanda, bridge build

The CH2M Foundation extends the positive impact we make on the well-being of people beyond our client work. Governed by an employee board, our award-winning foundation enables deeper partnerships with clients and communities by engaging employee volunteers.

In 2016, the CH2M Foundation awarded $1 million to strategic partners promoting sustainability and STEM education, supporting social, environmental and economic benefits around the world.

"Our people make a difference in communities around the world through their daily work,” said Ellen Sandberg, executive director of the foundation. “The CH2M Foundation reinforces our employees' commitment by focusing on areas of critical importance to our employees, our clients and the communities we serve."

We give globally and locally through grants from the CH2M Foundation and through offices and employees who contribute and volunteer for programs in their communities and around the world.

Philanthropic contributions

STEM education

The two most critical ingredients for an effective STEM initiative are students and teachers. The magic happens when both are empowered with the tools to succeed. The CH2M Foundation supports innovative programs to inspire students and enable teachers around the world through the following grants, awarded in 2016:

Sustainable communities

The CH2M Foundation and our employees regularly support three strategic partners to advance sustainable communities. Water for People provides access to clean water for millions each year; Engineers Without Borders-USA delivers life-sustaining infrastructure and services; and Bridges to Prosperity enables safe passage linking people to education, health care and economic opportunities. The following are highlights of our support in 2016:

Water For People: Awarded a grant for Nicaragua and raised $200,000+ in employee donations to support Water For People’s programs to ensure access to clean safe drinking water and sanitation. As of 2016, CH2M employees have raised $2.2 million to support Water For People’s programs.

Engineers Without Borders USA: Funded a study of a micro-hydro dam in Guatemala, and provided support for planning, monitoring, evaluating and learning. Our funding has changed the landscape of what is possible for the organization.

Bridges to Prosperity: Funded employee-volunteers to build bridges in Nicaragua and Rwanda. Since 2014, 56 employees have built seven footbridges in Panama, Nicaragua, Rwanda, the Philippines and East Timor, improving thousands of lives.

The CH2M Foundation also provided matching funds for employee contributions to American Red Cross disaster relief in response to wildfires in Alberta, Canada and flooding in Louisiana.

CH2M Foundation goals

For the first time, the CH2M Foundation has set the following impact goals for 2017:

  • Inspire 1,000 STEM students and teachers
  • Engage 500 employee volunteers
  • Involve 50 communities
  • Collaborate with 25 key clients

2017 Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship Report