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.
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:
- Dow-CH2M Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers: A partnership with the Dow Foundation to send teachers to a week-long academy, heightening their ability to inspire and enlighten students in STEM education.
- Summer Engineering Residential Programme: Through the Social Mobility Foundation, introducing high school students to engineering opportunities through hands-on activities, coaching and visits to London’s most iconic infrastructure projects.
- Green Infrastructure and STEM Education Pilot Project: Working with The Nature Conservancy at W.B. Saul High School in Philadelphia to design and construct a green stormwater project; received the US2020 STEM Mentoring Award for Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships.
- STEM Partnerships Program, Denver School of Science and Technology: Funded development of special partnerships with universities and colleges, internship programs and career events to ensure DSST high school graduates persist and succeed in their higher education STEM studies.
- Girls Inc. of Metro Denver: Providing funds and volunteers for the 5-year Eureka! STEM program for middle and high school girls, including a four-week summer program; a Transportation Engineering Week; an internship; and a travel-abroad experience.
- Let’s Talk Science Challenge: Supporting the Canada-wide program where 3,300 middle school students engage in team-based study and science competitions. Also working with Chevron and Shell to support STEM education in remote British Columbia schools.
- Think Science Expo, Emirates Foundation: Sponsorship of “Think Science” Expo where 3,000+ Emirati high school and university students learn to design and build science-based innovations and hear from CH2M volunteers about the role STEM education plays in the world’s infrastructure.
- Polish Children’s Fund, STEM Workshops: Supporting underserved, gifted high school students with math and innovation workshops in 2017.
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