In-n-Out Burger is known for a few things: a deeply venerated burger, a family-oriented business model that has kept In-n-Out within the Snyder family for three generations, and to the hundreds of nonprofits in communities that house an In-n-Out, grantmaking to support children facing maltreatment or neglect.
Harry and Esther Snyder opened the first In-n-Out hamburger stand in 1948 in Baldwin Park, Calif. It is famed for having the first “two-way speakerbox” that let customers stay in their cars for the entire fast food/drive-through experience. Despite enormous growth, the company prides itself on not having changed very much about the food since that first restaurant and remains family-run.
Now at the helm of the burger company is Harry and Esther’s granddaughter, Lynsi Snyder, 34. Snyder serves as the president and CEO of the company and was ranked as one of “America’s Favorite CEOs in 2016” by Forbes magazine. She is also board president of the In-n-Out Burger Child Abuse Foundation.
Founded in 1995, the In-n-Out Burger Child Abuse Foundation has a purpose of “[assisting] children who have been victims of abuse and to prevent others from suffering a similar fate.” Since its inception, it has given millions of dollars to programs supporting vulnerable children in communities where In-n-Out operates.
In addition to the Child Abuse Foundation, In-n-Out Burger created the Slave2Nothing Foundation, which funds solutions to human trafficking and substance abuse and appears to be an increasingly active piece of the organization’s philanthropic puzzle.
Major Program Categories: The In-n-Out Burger Child Abuse Foundation’s grantmaking supports organizations and projects providing residential treatment, shelter, foster care and early intervention for children at risk of abuse or maltreatment.
Its 2014 form 990 revealed grants in the $2,000 – $20,000 range, the largest of which were given to organizations such as CASA San Bernardino, CASA Pacifica, and the Alliance for Children’s Rights. It also supported several residential programs for youth, crisis shelters, and transitional living programs, in addition to educational opportunities, such as the Guardian Scholars at California State University, Fullerton and the Aseltine School in San Diego.
Generally, the foundation will support program or project costs, capital projects, and general operating support. However, it stays away from funding the full cost of any of these items, and will not fund start-ups, according it its website.
How to Apply: From April 1st through June 1st, the foundation’s application for a grant is open for submission online. Click here to determine eligibility, review guidelines and access the application.
The application will require a basic cover letter; background information on the organization, program and personnel; and financial/legal documents, such as a 990 form, and audited financials for organizations with a budget larger than two million dollars.
Name of Foundation: The In-n-Out Burger Child Abuse Foundation
Location: Irvine, Calif.
Contact Information: Online form, or telephone – (949)509-2555
Coverage Area: Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Texas and Oregon with an In-n-Out. Click here for the full list of cities on those states served by the foundation.
Subject Area: Early intervention, treatment and prevention of child abuse
Assets: $27,945,797 (2014)
Last Year Total Giving: $1,921,000 (2014)
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