In support of the Company’s commitment to its industry and the community, Stirling Properties, LLC provides funding for charitable contributions to community groups. These donations support critical services and innovative programs delivered through not-for-profit agencies, service organizations and other groups in the markets the Company operates.
Each year, Stirling’s Stewardship Committee expects to receive numerous requests for support from organizations. Stirling prioritizes consideration of charitable contributions according to organizations with objectives that reflect the Company’s mission, purpose and values and with the greatest overall community impact. Additionally, the Company encourages its associates to volunteer for a myriad of civic, cultural and service endeavors that benefit the greater populations of the markets in which Stirling operates.
Stirling’s areas of focus for charitable contributions and volunteerism include promoting literacy, education, affordable housing, community revitalization, health and human services, medical research and advancement, quality of life initiatives, cultural enrichment, heritage and historic preservation, fine arts, environmental preservation and public service.
To be considered for a charitable contribution, an organization must be a tax-exempt, not-for-profit entity as defined under Section 5.0.1 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code.
The Company’s charitable contribution program may not support:
Individuals, including but not limited to pageant contestants, individual student trips or projects, and individual sports competitors;
Multi-year commitments (unless a specific strategic rationale exists and the Company reviews for renewal annually);
Operating costs of organizations;
Legislators, political organizations, or campaigns.
Stirling reserves the right to review, evaluate, accept, or decline requests for charitable contributions and/or volunteers according to pre-approved budgets, corporate objectives, and established decision-making guidelines, processes, and protocols. Receipt, acceptance, or consideration of a request does not constitute approval of the request.
Stirling’s Stewardship Committee strives to review active requests within six (6) weeks of receipt but may extend review based on the need for additional information, more detailed information, and other factors affecting a final decision.
The Stewardship Committee acknowledges approval of donation requests verbally or in writing.