HQ: Freeport, ME
L.L.Bean was founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood (L.L.) Bean and transformed by his grandson Leon Gorman into a globally recognized outdoor brand. Headquartered in Freeport, Maine, L.L.Bean is a privately held, family-owned company. In 2016, annual net sales were $1.6 billion. Year-round employee count was over 5,100. During the winter holidays, with the addition of over 4,000 seasonal employees, the workforce grew to nearly 10,000.
Giving: L.L. Bean Community Partners
L.L. Bean is working to help families of all kinds enjoy the outdoors together. Over the last 10 years, they have donated $26 million to local, regional and national nonprofits to help conserve natural spaces, ensure access to outdoor recreation and support their local communities.
- For grants over $5,000, the deadline for the next year is mid-August, with determinations made in mid-December
- For grants $5,000 and under, applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed quarterly
- Product donation requests must be made a minimum of four weeks prior to the program or fundraiser.
Accredited schools and troops affiliated with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America are eligible for a discount on outdoor equipment. Restrictions apply; please call 800-458-3058 for information.
Profile updated: Nov 2018