Matson Community Giving Tops $3.7 Million in 2017
Alaska charities received more than $1 million
Matson presents a $50,000 check to Covenant House Alaska
ANCHORAGE, AK—Matson contributed a total of more than $3.7 million in cash and in-kind donations to charitable organizations and community efforts in the communities it serves in 2017, with more than $1 million in cash, services and equipment going to support 68 Alaska organizations – an increase in value and recipient organizations of more than 25 percent.
“One of our core values at Matson is contributing positively to the communities in which we work and live. It’s not a slogan; we try to live our values and last year, I’m proud to say on behalf of all Matson employees, we contributed more than ever,” said Matt Cox, chairman and CEO.
In 2017, Matson supported Alaska organizations providing community resources in human services; youth development / recreation; community improvement / disaster preparedness; education; cultural and the arts; environmental preservation; agriculture and nutrition; and maritime safety.
“We have an incredible sense of fulfillment and pride being a part of helping Alaskans and local charity organizations,” said Chairman Kenneth Gill, vice president of Matson Alaska. “It’s a great honor for our community giving committee.”
Among the notable Alaska cash grants last year, Matson contributed $10,000 or more to the Covenant House youth shelter, Special Olympics Alaska, the American Heart Association-Alaska Chapter; and American Legion Baseball. Matson also funds post-secondary scholarships through the school districts in both Unalaska and Kodiak. Donations of $5,000 or more went to the Native Village of Afognak for their Dig Afognak summer youth camps; to the Alaska Veterans Museum for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Dutch Harbor and the Aleut evacuation; to the Anchorage Concert Association; the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra; the Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska; Equine Assisted Therapy and to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Alaska.
In-kind support provided in Alaska focused on environmental and nutrition programs, moving recyclables and marine debris out of the state and food bank supplies into the state. Significant in-kind support also included donated or discounted shipping for The Conservation Fund assisting with the Eklutna Dam Removal Project and the Arctic Valley Anchorage Ski Club, supporting equipment maintenance.
Detailed information on Matson’s 2017 giving is available in its annual giving report, Manifest, posted on the company’s website at https://www.matson.com/foundation/index.html.