- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - L.L. Bean is giving $2.1 million to more than 80 organizations.

The Board of Directors approved charitable gifts ranging from $5,000 to $225,000 at its December meeting.

Shawn Gorman, L.L. Bean’s chairman, said the 2015 recipients share the company’s values and traditions “by encouraging healthy outdoor living and addressing real human needs in our communities.” The organizations receiving gifts are involved in conservation and recreation, health and human services, education, and culture and the arts.

United Way organizations are the biggest beneficiary. L.L. Bean’s corporate gifts to United Way groups in Maine total over $550,000, not including employee contributions.

All told, the company’s charitable giving program has provided close to $30 million in funding to nonprofit organizations over the last decade.

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