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We’re Behind Communities

Volunteers are the heart and soul of communities. The ability to effectively engage volunteers can make a tremendous difference in nonprofit organizations’ ability to fulfill their mission, expand their work, amplify their profile and grow their base of supporters.

We serve communities

For community members, volunteering is a way to develop skills, practice leadership, build social networks and enjoy a sense of purpose and connection.

We partner with nonprofit organizations to build volunteerism into their business model, focusing on long-term engagement rather than one-off events. One significant way we do this is through Serve2Gether, which brings American Express colleagues into communities.

Disaster Relief

When a natural disaster occurs, it’s all hands on deck: we assist with both immediate and long-term relief and recovery efforts. But we also support preparedness programs that can better equip relief agencies to respond to emergencies as they occur. In the last decade, American Express has helped the victims of more than 30 disasters in 30 countries by aiding leading disaster relief agencies such as the American Red Cross and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Doctors without Borders, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and the United Nations World Food Program.

Grant Criteria

The projects we support encourage community service and civic participation, delivering measurable outcomes that have a lasting impact on communities through one or more of the following:

  • Building the capacity of nonprofits by assisting them in developing, engaging and retaining community members as volunteers.
  • Engaging community members and American Express colleagues in ongoing service. This may involve a variety of activities from promoting individual philanthropy, volunteerism or participation in local civic organizations.

Recent Grants

American National Red Cross, Washington, D.C.

Support for the organization’s disaster volunteer recruitment to train and engage volunteers who respond to emergencies in the Red Cross regions that serve South Florida, New York, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City. Volunteers take part in ongoing training, which equips them to respond to emergencies of all sizes, quickly. Through ongoing training, disaster volunteers are ready to help those who suffer loss due to an emergency such as home fires that occur daily and large scale disaster responses

Points of Light Foundation, Atlanta, GA

Support for volunteer activities organized by Points of Light's global network of volunteer centers. This program is designed to drive American Express employee volunteering in key company locations in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Project Sunshine, Multiple Locations, U.S.

Support for the organization's efforts to engage volunteers to provide its free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families. In key U.S. employee centers – South Florida, Central Arizona, New York City and Utah - American Express volunteers assemble activity kits which are distributed to the pediatric patients at local hospitals.

Terrence Higgins Trust, London, UK

Support for the organization's efforts to recruit and engage diverse communities of volunteers who help deliver its wide range of health care and HIV services programming to over 100,000 community members each year.

United Way of New York City, New York, NY

Support for BoardServeNYC, a program that provides comprehensive board service training and placement services to committed New Yorkers seeking to contribute their skills, expertise, and access to resources to strengthen nonprofit organizations in New York City.