Mariner Foundation

Values, Vision, Mission

ASSOCIATE FUNDED DONATIONS OF OVER $3 MILLION

CONTRIBUTIONS MADE TO OVER 550 ORGANIZATIONS

IMPACTING ORGANIZATIONS IN OVER 30 STATES

Guiding Principles

These principles are intended to guide the work of the Foundation as well as its current and future Board Members. The principles fall under the Foundation’s five key values:

  1. Integrity – We believe in honesty, credibility and excellence.
  2. Opportunity – We believe in giving individuals and organizations the opportunity to improve, grow and advance.
  3. Responsibility – We believe in individuals and organizations taking responsibility for themselves and their impact on society and culture.
  4. Service – We believe in making a commitment to our communities that extends beyond our personal interests and Mariner’s business interests.
  5. Empowerment – We believe in empowering others to strive to better themselves as individuals, organizations, and communities.

Vision

As a Foundation, we have a vision to change our communities by empowering individuals to create opportunities to help themselves and those around them.

Mission

Our mission to fulfill that vision is to improve lives by educating, creating, bridging, and equipping individuals and organizations with tools and opportunities. Our primary focus is disadvantaged children and families.

Donate

As a firm we have donated more than $5 million to charity since 2006 and match associate-funded donations to the Mariner Foundation dollar-for-dollar. Two additional PTO days are provided for volunteering in your community.

To view Mariner Foundation videos, click here.

View Mariner Foundation Bylaws.
Find the grant request survey here.

Giving gift award

Across all locations, Mariner associates come together throughout the year to fundraise, volunteer, and champion charitable organizations in their communities. The Mariner Foundation Board created the Giving Gift Award to shine a spotlight on those locations that set an example of the true philanthropic spirit we at Mariner strive toward. The location that wins the Award is granted $25,000 toward the charity of their choice, further supporting and impacting our communities!

Mariner Foundation Board

Katrina Radenberg

Katrina Radenberg

Stephanie Blake

Stephanie Blake

Robert Domsch

Robert Domsch

Adele McAvoy

Adele McAvoy

George Steiner

George Steiner

Michelle Prell

Michelle Prell

Katie Wasserstrom

Katie Wasserstrom

frequently asked questions

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Q: How do I contribute to the Mariner Foundation?

A: Contributions can be made at any time by electing a payroll deduction.  Log onto the ADP Associate Portal and navigate to Myself > Benefits > Enrollment.  Click “Enroll Now” under the Year Round Enrollment option.

Q: How often does the board meet?

A: Monthly

Q: How do I submit a request?

A: Survey links are posted monthly and can be found on News – Mariner Foundation on Workplace.

Q: Is there an example of best practices for filling out a grant request?

A: Yes. Click here for an excellent example of a grant request. The most well submitted grant requests are when an associate exhibits their personal involvement/passion for an organization. It is the boards responsibility to ensure associates aren’t using the foundation as a mechanism to pass through grant requests from those outside of our organization just for the sake of doing so.

Q: How frequently can I submit requests?

A: The Board typically grants requests once per year for each organization. As an associate, you may submit requests on behalf of multiple organizations per year.

Q: How do I find out if my grant was approved?

A: Checkout News – Mariner Foundation on workplace or contact Cassie Bicknell.

Q: Who do I contact if my charity hasn’t received the check?

A: Contact Cassie Bicknell.

Q: Does the Mariner Foundation support national organizations?

A: National organizations are supported at times when there is a local presence and evidence that funding stays local.

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Q: What if I have a prospect or client that has a charity I would like to ask the Mariner Foundation to support?

A: If it is something you feel strongly about supporting and think it is something that is in line with the Foundation’s mission, you as an associate are welcome to fill out a request. If you want to support it just for the purpose of gaining or retaining the relationship, that is a business decision and the support should not be asked of the Mariner Foundation.

Q: Can I share the grant request survey with a client or individual outside of our organization?

A: No. The Mariner Foundation grant request survey is only meant for Mariner associates and any form filled out by someone other than an associate will not be reviewed by the Board.

Q: How do I submit an idea for a volunteer event?

A: Contact your locations Giving Council Representative.

Q: How do I apply to be a Board member?

A: Contact Katrina Radenberg, President of the Foundation, for more information.

Q: The Mariner Foundation supported an organization in the past. Will future grant requests for that organization be automatically approved?

A: No. Each grant request is reviewed anew in light of (1) evolving board membership, (2) current funding availability, and (3) ensuring each grant’s continued alignment with the Foundation’s stated goal of serving disadvantaged or underprivileged children and families. Regardless of prior approvals, each grant request should clearly demonstrate the alignment between the organization’s activity and the Foundation’s mission as well as show the personal connection between the requester and the cause and/or organization.

Q: How can I make a contribution to the Mariner Foundation through my Schwab/Fidelity/etc. charitable giving account?

A: You can make a direct donation to the Mariner Foundation Fund at Greater Horizons using one of the following methods:

  • Check: Make checks payable to Greater Horizons, noting Mariner Foundation (mari07) on the memo line. Mail to: Greater Horizons 1055 Broadway Blvd., Suite 130, Kansas City, MO 64105
  • Credit or Debit Card: To make a contribution online with a credit or debit card, please click here to access our online donation form. Please note the fund will be charged a $1.49 transaction fee and a card usage fee, which is determined by your provider. (Usage fees vary but ar approximately 3%)
  • Wire Transfer Funds: Below is the information for wire transfers.
    • Bank of America, One Kansas City Place, 1200 Main, Kansas City, MO 64105
    • For a Wire Transfer: Fed Wire ABA #026009593
    • For an ACH Transfer: ACH ABA #081000032
    • Account Number (Wire & ACH): 00-3490-478773
      • For credit to: Greater Horizons
      • Contribution to: Mariner Foundation (mari07)
Q: What types of organizations does the board typically support?

A: Our primary focus is helping disadvantaged children and families. Please see the Foundation bylaws for more detail.

Q: Does the Mariner Foundation sponsor fundraising events hosted by non-profits?

A: Grants are made to fundraisers but no goods or services can be received.  For instance if we sponsor a golf tournament or gala we cannot accept a team entry or table at the event.

GIVING COUNCIL

Allentown

TBD

 

Amarillo

Kelsey Dye

 

AUSTIN

Robert Neigert

 

ATLANTA

TBD 

BLOOMFIELD

Karlye Byrnes

 

BOSTON

TBD

CONCORD

TBD

 

CHARLOTTE

Deb McWilliams

 

CHATHAM

Sonia Morales

 

Chicago

Bernadeta Maka

 

Cincinnati

Jon Bresnen

 

COSTA MESA

TBD

 

DALLAS

Jennifer Berger

 

DENVER

DD Tucker

 

Des Moines

Shea Mears

 

DETROIT

Lauren Lapka

 

EUGENE

TBD

 

FAIRFIELD

TBD

 

GRAND RAPIDS

TBD

HARRISBURG

TBD

Houston

Melissa Fricke
Meredith Rice

 

INDIANAPOLIS

Jon Bresnen

 

KANSAS CITY/HQ

Jeff Maher

LOS ANGELES

TBD 

LOUISVILLE

Andrea Blumer

Madison

Sonia Morales 

Manasquan

Melanie Arnott

 

MCMINNVILLE

TBD

 

MIAMI

Michelle Grillone

MILWAUKEE

Dan Borchard

 

MINNEAPOLIS

Susan Cheshier

NASHVILLE

TBD

New Albany

Andrea Blumer

 

NEW LONDON

TBD

NEW YORK CITY

Wesley Neville 

Oklahoma CITY

Melinda Shults

 

Omaha

Tami Ledger
Tanner Sprouse

ORLANDO

TBD

PHILADELPHIA

TBD

PHOENIX

TBD

PITTSBURG

Cassie Bicknell 

PITTSBURGH

Shannon Yasko

PORTLAND

Michael Jeanfreau

RAPID CITY

TBD 

ROCHESTER

TBD

ROSELAND

Christina Dreitein
Laura Pearson

SALT LAKE CITY

TBD 

SAN ANTONIO

TBD

SAN DIEGO

Lauren Gabele

SAN FRANCISCO

TBD

SARASOTA

Carl Watkins

SCARSDALE

TBD

 

SCOTTSDALE

Ashley Quick 

SEATTLE

TBD

 

SIOUX FALLS

Morgen Javers

 

St. Louis

Leanne Wilhelm

 

State College

Ron Beyer
Taylor Mauk

 

TULSA

Melinda Shults

 

VENTURA

TBD

WASHINGTON

TBD

WEST PALM BEACH

Theodore Cardasis
Lisa Fentress

WICHITA

Chandler Gorges

WILMINGTON

TBD