Great Oak Awards: Large Companies

These exceptional finalists employ 1,501 or more New Jersey workers.

NJ Employees: 4,526
Cash giving: $763,086
Volunteer hours:
In 2013, ADP launched its Month of Caring initiative, with more than 1,100 associates donating more than 7,500 hours to various causes. Grassroots initiatives include clothing drives and coordinating local pet-food supply.

Bank of America
NJ Employees: 12,000
Cash giving: $5.5 million
Volunteer hours: 55,000
Bank of America’s charitable efforts focus on workforce development and education, community development and critical needs, and its signature programs: Neighborhood Builders and Student Leaders. The former provides grants and promotes leadership development for high-performing nonprofits.

Care One
Fort Lee
Acute care & rehabilitation
NJ Employees: 6,455
Cash giving: $1.12 million
Volunteer hours: 1,500
Care One aims to help as many people as possible through monetary donations and to encourage staff participation in worthy causes. Care One donated over 3,000 toys to the Valerie Fund’s centers and aided in Hurricane Sandy relief.

Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick
Health care
NJ Employees:
Cash giving: $5 million
Volunteer hours: 2,500
Through Johnson & Johnson’s community-based partnerships, 77 programs were delivered by 54 partner organizations in 2013. The company aims to help improve access and delivery of health care services, raise academic achievement and enhance community livability. Through its partnership with, J&J instituted C2C (Click to Care), an online portal employees use to find volunteer opportunities.

Kings Food Market
Retail food
NJ Employees:
Cash giving: $120,000
Volunteer hours: 100
The company’s Acts Against Hunger initative provides food donations, financial support and nutrition education throughout the metropolitan region. Kings has donated over 20 tons of food to help feed the hungry; at Thanksgiving, it provided over 2,500 turkeys to hunger-relief organizations. Kings also raised more than $140,000 for the Community Foodbank of New Jersey through its 2013 Check Out Hunger campaign.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
East Hanover
NJ Employees: 5,573
Cash giving: $1.8 million
Volunteer hours: 9,500
Novartis holds a Community Partnership day for hands-on volunteering and a Multicultural Teen Corporate Mentoring program. Novartis also oversees the Suburban Cultural Educational Enrichment Program (SCEEP), under which Newark grade-school students are paired with Novartis volunteers. In 2013, $13.9 million in free or reduced-cost prescriptions were donated for low-income individuals.

PNC Financial Services Group
East Brunswick
NJ Employees: 2,763
Volunteer hours: 8,759
PNC Grow Up Great is a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school. PNC held three drives in 2013 and collected 1,145 books, healthy-kids supplies and back-to-school supplies. PNC also provided several million dollars of grants and thousands of volunteer hours to Head Start.

Prudential Financial, Inc.
NJ Employees: 8,244
Cash giving: $19.8 million
Volunteer hours: 24,421
The Prudential Foundation supports nonprofits focused on improving education outcomes for children and transforming neighborhoods into thriving, economically diverse communities. Prudential has a major commitment to the city of Newark. The foundation has supported more than 1,000 new residential units, 200 new hotel rooms and 22 acres of open space.

Public Service Enterprise Group
NJ Employees: 10,000
Cash giving: $8.88 million
Volunteer hours: 29,000
PSEG’s giving strategy aligns with its business goal of promoting a high quality of life in New Jersey. The PSEG Foundation committed $5 million to build the PSEG Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. It also supported the March of Dimes and the Newark Boys & Girls Club.

QuickChek Corporation
Whitehouse Station
Retail food
NJ Employees: 3,000
Cash giving: $360,000
Volunteer hours: 2,500
QuickChek supports programs that benefit children, military veterans and others. They raised $208,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and $125,000 for Mary Pat Christie’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. QuickChek is title sponsor and volunteers at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, which has raised more than $2.3 million over the past 21 years for nonprofits.

The TD Charitable Foundation
Mt. Laurel
Industry: Banking
NJ Employees:
Cash giving: $2.95 million
Volunteer hour: 3,521
In 2013, the foundation reached the milestone of $100 million in donations. TD’s efforts focus on affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. In 2013, Housing for Everyone awarded $2.5 million to nonprofits from Maine to Florida, including $200,000 to two New Jersey organizations.

Valley National Bank
NJ Employees: 2,350
Cash giving: $397,000
In 2013, Valley made loans totaling $7 million to support affordable housing in Newark and Paterson and $2.5 million to revitalize a low- and moderate-income area of Jersey City. Its annual breast cancer walk in Wayne raised more than $100,000 for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation.

Village Supermarkets
Retail food
NJ Employees: 5,000
Cash giving:
Volunteer hours: 10,000
ShopRite contributes to a variety of causes, such as the NJ Food Bank. The chain’s two-week program, Light it Up Blue, benefits Autism Speaks. Other charitable work includes supplying food for Susan G. Komen meetings and events such as Race for a Cure, and supporting Relay for Life.

Wakefern Food Corp.
Retailer-owned cooperative
NJ Employees: 2,800
Cash giving:  $3 million
Volunteer hours: 10,000
Partners in Caring, Wakefern’s year-round program to fight hunger, provides nearly $2 million annually to New Jersey food banks. Wakefern, known for its ShopRite stores, also supports New Jersey hospitals, and for the past 25 years has provided food for Special Olympics athletes, their families, guests and spectators.

Wells Fargo
NJ Employees:
Cash giving:
$6 million
Volunteer hours:
Wells Fargo donated $1 million for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, a portion of which went to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Other grants went to organizations like the Community Food Bank of NJ, NJPAC and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.

Wyndham Worldwide
NJ Employees:
Cash giving: $247,500
Volunteer Hours: 19,254
With a focus on improving the lives of children, the company’s Wishes by Wyndham supports three signature charities, as well as numerous for-profit organizations. Through its programs, more than $2 million was donated, and nearly 20,000 volunteer hours were contributed by Wyndham associates.

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