The Essendant Charitable Foundation is committed to empowering others to make a meaningful difference in their lives. The Foundation connects our associates and business partners with charitable activities that address unmet human needs.

Our model empowers our associates as leaders and participants in the work of the Foundation. Its Board is composed of associates from across our businesses and operating locations. Our mission and work is carried to communities locally, nationally and internationally, and is managed in cooperation with local associate-led councils across the country.

Each year the Foundation and our partners provide tens of thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies to children across the country so they come to school ready to learn. We welcome our associates, business partners and community leaders to join us in this venture. To sponsor a child, a classroom or a school, we invite you to make a tax-deductible gift to Essendant Charitable Trust to support Backpacks for Kids. With every $14 donation, you will make it possible for one more child to have new supplies this fall.