Cellcom Green Gifts

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.

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 2024, Cellcom will award a grand total of $17,000 in Green Gifts across the company’s service area. The application deadline is September 24.

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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. 

We’re fortunate to live and work in a region that’s filled with natural resource for all of us to enjoy.  Organizations throughout Wisconsin pave the way for our communities to connect with nature by preserving and enhancing natural areas, providing educational programming, and spearheading sustainability and research efforts. We’re excited to support the many nonprofits throughout our service area that are leading the way as environmental stewards.

The application deadline is September 24. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Green Gift recipients will be notified in October, and funds will be dispersed in October and November.

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 all ages
    • 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 2024 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 
  1. Breakdown of projected costs for project and amount requested.
  2. A description of the community need addressed by the project, including if there is a tie to overcoming a challenge presented by the pandemic. (250 words or less)
  3. Overview of the educational impact of the project. (150 words or less)
  4. Description of how project will be evaluated. (150 words or less)
  5. Past impact of organization’s work on the environment. (150 words or less)

Please contact Tammy VanDenBusch (tammy.vandenbusch@nsighttel.com) with any questions. 

Funding Details

In 2024, Cellcom will distribute a total of $17,000 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 

2023 Recipients

The 2023 Cellcom Green Gifts were awarded throughout Cellcom’s service area and included:

  • Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (Green Bay)
  • Boston School Forest (Stevens Point)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Portage County (Stevens Point)
  • Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc (Sturgeon Bay)
  • Door County Environmental Council (Sister Bay)
  • Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (Appleton)
  • Greater Green Bay YMCA (Green Bay)
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden (Green Bay)
  • Green Bay Sail & Paddle, Inc. (Green Bay)
  • Heckrodt Wetland Reserve (Menasha)
  • L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve – Brown County Parks (Suamico)
  • Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program administered by UW-Green Bay (Green Bay)
  • Manitowoc County Historical Society (Manitowoc)
  • Manitowoc County Soil & Water Conservation Department (Manitowoc)
  • Monk Botanical Gardens (Wausau)
  • Navarino Nature Center, Inc. (Shiocton)
  • New Leaf Foods, Inc. (Green Bay)
  • North Lakeland Discovery Center (Manitowish Waters)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust (Appleton)
  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary (Sturgeon Bay)
  • Shawano Community Middle School (Shawano)
  • Shawano County Friends of the Mountain Bay Trail Inc. (Shawano)
  • The Camp Nicolet Foundation (Eagle River)
  • Trees For Tomorrow (Eagle River)
  • Wild Instincts (Rhinelander)
  • Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve, Inc. (Two Rivers)