philanthropy

Giving back. Giving forward. Giving all around.

Our founder, Obert C. Tanner, measured the company’s success by asking his accountant, “What’s our giveability this month?” His intention echoes in our hearts and halls today. It’s why we donate our time to organizations in need, our effort to improve our communities, and 10% of company profits to philanthropic causes.

O.C. Tanner’s charitable strategy is to support the environment, arts, education, children, and organizations that are meaningful to its employees—all things that are important to the organization and what it stands for.

Corporate gifts 

  • The Tanner Lectures on Human Values. The endowed lectureship at Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and the universities of Utah, Michigan, and University of California at Berkley, was established by Obert C. Tanner to “contribute to the intellectual and moral life of mankind.” 
  • The Gift of Music. Every other year, 44,000 complimentary tickets are given away to the Tanner Gift of Music, a two-night concert series featuring the Utah Symphony, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and guest soloists. The 2013 concert featured singer-songwriter James Taylor. 
  • Fountains. We’ve donated more than 40 fountains as corporate gifts, fountains that now beautify the landscapes of schools, hospitals, parks, and universities around the country.

Canadian donations

  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 
  • Make-A-Wish Canada 
  • Ronald McDonald House (Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver, Calgary)
  • Terry Fox Foundation 

Community causes we support

  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • Meals on Wheels 
  • Primary Children’s Hospital 
  • National MS Society’s 150-mile Bike Event 
  • United Way: O.C. Tanner matches employee contributions
  • Utah Food Bank 
  • Breast Cancer Care/Prostate Cancer Charity (U.K.) 

 Tanner Cares

Our Tanner Cares program offers financial assistance to employees in times of extreme need. The money comes from all employees. Whenever an employee contributes to a community charity, the company matches the donation dollar for dollar in Tanner Cares. 

In 2011, O.C. Tanner Canada introduced the Employee Donation Program, in which the Company gives $100 to each employee to donate to the charity they choose. In our inaugural year, these were the top 5 charities of choice:

  • Princess Margaret Foundation Ride to Conquer Cancer 
  • Canadian Cancer Society 
  • Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada 
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation 

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