Brown‑Forman Corporation established the Brown‑Forman Foundation in 2018 to further and expand upon the company’s legacy of strategic charitable mission and philanthropic endeavors. To Brown‑Forman, being a responsible and caring corporate citizen is more than an investment; it embodies the company’s purpose of enriching life. After 150 years in the business of spirits, we understand that our best spirit is the community we call home. Brown‑Forman Corporation, its employees, and the Brown‑Forman Foundation believe in donating time, talents, and resources to the vitality of the communities that sustain us.

Our Mission:

The Brown‑Forman Foundation is dedicated to enriching the experience of life with an emphasis on Brown‑Forman’s headquarters’ home city of Louisville, Kentucky.

Our Vision:

Leverage Brown‑Forman’s culture of giving back to deliver transformative community impact as a best in class philanthropic leader.

Our Values:

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Teamwork
  • Excellence

Extending the Legacy of Brown‑Forman’s Corporate Giving

Charitable contributions are divided between the Foundation and the annual Although Brown‑Forman Corporation continues to make annual charitable contributions directly, the Brown‑Forman Foundation uses its funds to continue and expand on the company’s philanthropic work, which historically has prioritized the following areas of giving:

Employee Engagement:

Brown‑Forman employees have strong connections to their communities, and we foster these close relationships. Employees’ time and talent are hugely beneficial to local organizations, so Brown‑Forman encourages employees to give back to their respective communities.

Global Giving:

Brown‑Forman is global with our “hometown” pride, establishing a multi‑local global giving program to engage all Brown‑Forman employees in civic outreach wherever they are. Civic Engagement Committees determine the best way to allocate their budgets to match local community needs.

Corporate Contributions:

Supporting the communities where we work is an expression of our company’s purpose of enriching life. Corporate contributions are an investment that generates a competitive advantage by promoting Brown‑Forman’s reputation, activating brands, promoting a caring company culture, and engaging employees.

Financials:

2018 990-PF (PDF)