Giving Guidelines

Education is the focus of Maritz’ giving. In addition, we partner with national organizations such as United Way and Teach For America to direct resources to local communities, as well as Fair Saint Louis/Celebrate St. Louis, a community event that unites the greater St. Louis region in a joint effort to promote the downtown St. Louis revitalization.

With few exceptions, our giving is concentrated in the focus area of education. We invest in philanthropic initiatives and partnerships with organizations offering programs designed to educate.

Contribution Consideration:

  • We fund only organizations with an IRS exempt status under section 501(c)(3) that are fiscally sound with strong management practices and accountability.
  • Maritz supports 1) initiatives within the greater St. Louis area where the majority of our employees are located; 2) initiatives in other areas across the U.S. where Maritz has a substantial concentration of employees; 3) nationally-known non-profits.
  • Educational programming - it is important that grant applicants demonstrate the strategic link between their proposal and the focus of the Maritz community involvement program (education) with measurable results.
  • Priority consideration will be given to educational programs that focus on STEM, literacy and the arts.
  • Generally, only one monetary donation will be given in a fiscal year to any organization.

Contribution Restrictions:
Contributions will not be provided for:

  • Fundraising events such as golf, luncheons, dinners, or galas
  • Organizations and/or programs that primarily focus on health and safety
  • Scholarships
  • Tuition
  • Capital/building campaigns
  • General operating support
  • Multi-year pledge requests
  • An individual person or families
  • Political, labor and fraternal organizations
  • For-profit publications or organizations seeking advertisements or promotional support
  • Religious organizations (i.e., churches or organizations directly tied to a place of worship) as determined at the sole discretion of Maritz
  • Sponsorships of local groups/individuals to participate in regional, national, or international competitions, conferences or events

After careful review of the giving guidelines, qualifying organizations are welcome to submit a request for funding via on-line application process application form.

Maritz accepts grant proposals from qualifying organizations during the following timeframe:   

If you have questions, please contact Debbie Schirmer, Community Affairs Director, (636) 827-1573,*

Submittal Deadline

Review Timeframe

Grant Amount

Feb. 1 - Mar. 15
(5 p.m. Central Time)

End of April

$30,000 and above

April 15 - June 15
(5 p.m. Central Time)

End of July

$20,001 - $29,999

July 1 - Sept. 15
(5 p.m. Central Time)

End of October

$10,000 - $20,000

Grants will be reviewed by a 12-member Maritz Corporate Giving Council and proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

  1. Purpose:  grant is in alignment with focus on education. 
  2. Impact:  how the grant contributes to the community, both through numbers served and value of program (quality and depth). 
  3. Innovative:  how the program is innovative and sustainable while developing participants’ strengths, knowledge and confidence. 
  4. Employee Community Service (Volunteer) Opportunities:  grant provides various levels of employee community service opportunities, i.e., general volunteer opportunities; opportunities for employees to develop professional and leadership skills through board/committee placements; opportunities to utilize specific skillsets of employees; opportunities to utilize Maritz business solutions and practices. 
  5. Brand Recognition:  grant provides recognition/promotion opportunities to use the Maritz brand, i.e., web site, printed materials, press releases, publicity through traditional (newspaper/radio/TV) and/or social media - local and beyond. 
  6. Measurable Results:  grant proposes clear path to positive and measurable results, i.e., through quality measurement systems that can demonstrate the delivery of meaningful results. 

Maritz recognizes that there is a broad range of organizations engaged in worthy activities, and we regret that due to budget constraints we are often unable to consider and/or fund every request, application, proposal, or organization.  Because we receive funding requests that far exceed our annual giving program budget, Maritz reserves the right to decline applications at its sole discretion.  Such a response does not reflect in any way a negative appraisal of the prospective organization or the value of its services.