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Cellcom Green Gifts

Through Green Gifts, Cellcom donates proceeds from its cell phone recycling program to local organizations, programs and projects that are dedicated to or support environmental sustainability. The program was launched to protect the environment and support conservation in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Green Gifts are awarded on an annual basis and $446,975 has been awarded to date.

Customers can bring in their old, unwanted or broken phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who in return send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones. Consumers can contribute to the program by donating their old cell phones for recycling at any Cellcom retail location.

In 2019, Cellcom will award a grand total $37,400 in Green Gifts across the company’s service area. This includes an additional gift to the Bay Beach restoration project from phones collected in January and February 2019.

The application deadline is September 23 at noon.


  • Who Can Apply?

    Cellcom welcomes Green Gift applications from organizations dedicated to environmental sustainability and the preservation of our wildlife habitats. We also strongly encourage non-environmental organizations to submit a Green Gift application for projects or programs that focus on environmental stewardship or offer an innovative approach to education or addressing a community issue.

    The application deadline is September 23 at noon. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Green Gift recipients will be notified by October 2, and funds will be dispersed by November 9, 2019.

    Green Gifts are used to support organizations, programs and projects that:

    • Address a community-based issue that relates to the environment.
    • Focus on reducing negative impact on the environment.
    • Provide environmental education programs for children.
    • Provide educational opportunities for adults to learn about environmental sustainability, including training or leadership development.
    • Foster water conservation, protection of our air, landscape and water or wildlife preservation.

    Cellcom makes one-year gifts and does not offer multi-year donations. A new Green Gift application must be submitted for each year a Green Gift is requested.

  • Application Details

    Apply for a 2019 Cellcom Green Gift through our online application.

    The following items are requested in the online application:

    1. Contact name, phone number, email and mailing address
    2. Organization’s mission or purpose (50 words or less)
    3. Brief history of the organization (50 words or less)
    4. Project(s) description(250 words or less) including:
      • Project overview
      • Goals and objectives
      • Brief timeline
      • Project activities
    5. Breakdown of projected costs for project and amount requested.
    6. A description of the community need addressed by the project. (250 words or less)
    7. Overview of the educational impact of the project. (150 words or less)
    8. Description of how project will be evaluated. (150 words or less)
    9. Past impact of organization’s work on the environment. (150 words or less)

    Please contact Tammy VanDenBusch by email or phone (920-617-7107) with any questions.

  • Funding Details

    In 2019, Cellcom will distribute a total of $37,400 in Green Gifts. Cellcom Green Gifts will not be awarded to:

    • Individuals
    • Private foundations
    • For-profit organizations
    • Political organizations or campaigns
    • International efforts
    • Capital fund drives
    • Endowments
    • To fund labor costs
  • Past Recipients

    • 1000 Islands Environmental Center (Kaukauna)
    • Aldo Leopold Community School (Green Bay)
    • Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve (Suamico)
    • Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary (Green Bay)
    • Belle Plaine Sportsmans Club
    • Bookworm Gardens
    • Bookworm Gardens (Sheboygan)
    • Boston School Forest - Stevens Point Area Public School District
    • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay
    • Boys & Girls Club of Portage County
    • Brown County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League
    • Brown County Library – Children’s Vegetable Garden
    • Brown County Parks - L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve
    • Brown County Parks Department - Bayshore County Park
    • Brown County UW-Extension Community Gardens Program
    • Camp Tekawitha (Shawano)
    • CAP Services (Stevens Point)
    • Central Rivers Farmshed (Stevens Point)
    • Central Wisconsin Nature Foundation
    • Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin – Environment Fund (Stevens Point)
    • Crescent Elementary School
    • Crivitz High School Science Club
    • Crossroads at Big Creek (Sturgeon Bay)
    • Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc.
    • D.C. Everest School Forest (Schofield)
    • Door County Land Trust
    • Door County Renaissance Development Group, Inc. (Sturgeon Bay)
    • Doty Elementary School (Green Bay)
    • Elementary School for Arts and Academics (Sheboygan)
    • Etude Elementary
    • Fox Valley Area Chapter of Wild Ones
    • Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (Appleton)
    • Franklin Middle School Garden Club (Green Bay)
    • Friends of 1000 Islands Environmental Center
    • Friends of Hortonville Library
    • Friends of Ledge View Nature Center (Chilton)
    • Friends of the Brown County Library
    • Friends of the Mead/McMillan Association (Milladore)
    • Friends of the Mead/McMillan Association, Inc.
    • Friends of the Wildlife Sanctuary Green Bay
    • Gillett High School
    • Glacierland Resource Conservation & Development Council
    • Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve (Appleton)
    • Greater Green Bay YMCA Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya (Suring)
    • Green Bay Area Catholic Education
    • Green Bay Botanical Gardens
    • Green Bay Public Schools Green Team (Garden Fund)
    • Heckrodt Wetland Reserve (Menasha)
    • Holt & Balcom Logging Camp Museum (Oconto County Historical Society)
    • Kelly Lake Advancement Association (Suring)
    • Lake Metonga Association (Crandon)
    • Leonardo Da Vinci School for Academically Gifted Learners (Green Bay)
    • Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program (Green Bay)
    • Manitowoc County Historical Society
    • Manitowoc Public School District
    • Marathon High School Ecology Club
    • Marinette High School - Menominee River Monitoring Group
    • Marinette School District - Science Class
    • Maywood Environmental Park (Sheboygan)
    • Merrill River District
    • Monk Botanical Gardens
    • Mosinee Elementary School
    • Mosquito Hill Nature Center (New London)
    • N.E.W. Zoological Society
    • Navarino Nature Center
    • New Leaf Foods, INC.
    • New London Parks and Recreation Department
    • NEW Master Gardener Association (Green Bay)
    • Newport Wilderness Society
    • Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust – Oconto Preserve
    • Northland Pines Farm to School Program
    • Northwoods Elementary School (Rhinelander)
    • Oconto River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited
    • Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay)
    • Paine Art Center & Gardens – Education Fund (Oshkosh)
    • Preble High School Agriscience Program (Green Bay)
    • Pulaski Area Community Education
    • Raptor Education Group, Inc. (Antigo)
    • River District Development Foundation of Merrill
    • Robert W. Monk Public Gardens (Wausau)
    • School District of Rhinelander - Cedric. A. Vig Outdoor Classroom
    • School District of Sturgeon Bay Greenhouse
    • SEEDs for De Pere
    • Shawano County Land Conservation Department
    • Southwest High School Chemistry Club (Green Bay)
    • Stockbridge Munsee Community
    • The Community’s Garden (Sturgeon Bay)
    • The Etude Group - Ecology Lab and Gardens
    • The Ridges Sanctuary (Baileys Harbor)
    • Trees For Tomorrow (Eagle River)
    • Twin City Catholic Educational System (Neenah)
    • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
    • Wausau Area Montessori Charter School
    • Wausau School Forest
    • Whitefish Dunes State Park (Sturgeon Bay)
    • Wild Instincts
    • Wild Ones Fox Valley
    • Wisconsin Land+Water Conservation Assn.
    • Wisconsin Maritime Museum
    • Wisconsin Waterfowl Association (Abrams)
    • Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve (Two Rivers)

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