Red Wing Shoes Foundation, Established 1955

Direct Grants

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Partners in Sharing

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Partners in Sharing is a matching gifts program sponsored by the Red Wing Shoe Company Foundation (“Foundation”). Under the program, qualifying contributions of money and volunteer services by eligible employees of the Company (as defined below) to qualifying nonprofit organizations will be matched with Foundation contributions.

The Foundation’s philosophy of matching gifts is that we have a responsibility to recognize and support the many services provided to our communities by nonprofit organizations. The program allows the Foundation to express its support of eligible employees who provide assistance to these important organizations. 

Who is eligible to be a Partner in Sharing?

Employees, retirees and board members of Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc., Red Wing Brands of America, Inc., S.B. Foot Tanning Company and the St. James Hotel (individually and collectively the “Company”) are eligible to participate as partners in the Partners in Sharing program.

Is my gift a qualifying contribution eligible to be matched by the Foundation?

Qualifying contributions can be in the form of money or volunteer service. The money you give, and the matching funds from the Foundation, must directly benefit the nonprofit organization. That means your money should be useful to the nonprofit’s operating budget, expenses for special projects, materials or equipment relating to the organization’s operations.

Your gift may be in cash (check) or in marketable securities. (If you donate a security, the Foundation will match its value as quoted in The Wall Street Journal at the close of that business day.)
Qualifying volunteer service must be for activities beyond that of a mere spectator or fund-raising participant in a fund-raising event. Examples of qualifying volunteer service would include service as a board member, committee member, event organizer or assistance provider for a special event like a walkathon. Examples of volunteer service that would not qualify would be a walker in a walkathon or a spectator present to support a specific walker or the event in general. Volunteers must not accept compensation for their time. Verification of volunteer hours and benefit received must be provided to the Foundation by the nonprofit organization.

What are the minimum and maximum gifts that will be matched?

You must contribute at least $25* to a nonprofit organization in order for your gift to be matched. The maximum cash contribution that will be matched in a calendar year is $2,000. You may divide your contributions among more than one organization as long as each receives at least $25, and the total of all your gifts doesn’t exceed $2,000 per year.

Qualifying volunteer service will be matched at a fixed rate of $25/hour. The maximum donated hours that will be matched in any calendar year is a total of 20 hours for a maximum dollar match of $500*. Gifts of service may be made to more than one nonprofit organization provided each organization receives at least one hour of service and the total of all gifts of service does not exceed 20 hours.

* If any portion of the gift is returned in the form of a gift certificate, tickets, or anything else of value, deduct that value from the donation to determine dollar amount of the gift. (For example, a $50 gift with a $10 ticket gift certificate sent back to donor by an association results in gift amount of $40.)

Is my gift tax-deductible?
Generally, gifts to tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations are deductible as charitable contributions. The value of volunteer service is not considered a charitable contribution for which volunteers may take a deduction, and participants in the Partners in Sharing program may not take a deduction for the amount of the match provided by the Foundation. Other limitations and requirements apply, and you should consult your personal tax advisors before taking any charitable deduction.

The Foundation: (i) reserves absolute discretion in making the determination of whether or not a contribution of money or services is eligible for a Partners in Sharing match; (ii) reserves the right to prorate its matching gifts according to available funds; and (iii) reserves the right to revoke, suspend or terminate the program at any time. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability.


Completed applications received by the Foundation between July 1 and December 31 will be processed and matching funds issued during the first quarter of the next year. Completed applications received by the Foundation between January 1 and June 30, will be processed and matching funds issued during the third quarter of that year.


In order to receive matching funds from the Foundation, an organization must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2). Here are some examples of the types of organizations that commonly qualify:

Education: Public or private elementary, secondary, or technical/vocational schools and nonprofit colleges and universities.
Health and Social Services: Community clinics, hospitals, health agencies, relief agencies, emergency shelters, and agencies for children and youth.
Community Development: Crime prevention programs, employment services, housing agencies and economic development organizations.
Arts/Cultural: Theaters, public television and radio, performing arts groups, libraries and museums.
Other: Environment and animal welfare.